Candy is what we make. Goodness is what we deliver.

About Ferrara Candy Company

The Ferrara Candy Company, an affiliate of Ferrero Group, is an industry leader in U.S. confections and one of the fastest growing confections company in the country. A passionate team of more than 4,000 employees work together to share goodness in every bite through leading brands that have shaped the confections market for more than 100 years. Our diverse portfolio of nearly 35 brands include SweeTARTS®, Trolli®, Brach’s®, Black Forest®, Butterfinger®, CRUNCH®, Laffy Taffy® and NERDS®, along with iconic favorites like Lemonhead®, Red Hots®, and Now and Later®. Headquartered in Chicago, Ill., the company has an operational network of manufacturing, distribution and R&D facilities across North America.

A Rich History

We’ve been delivering goodness in every bite since 1908, when Salvatore Ferrara began
selling candy-coated almonds from his bakery in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood.
Over the next century we introduced America to some of its most beloved candy brands like Lemonheads, Red Hots and Black Forest.  Household names that instantly bring smiles to generations of candy lovers. Along the way—with delicious additions like Trolli, Brachs and Now & Later—we became America’s number one maker of non-chocolate confection.

A Delicious Future

We are very proud of our past. But at Ferrara today, our focus is squarely on the future of the candy business. A future we’re actively shaping by combining the manufacturing and distribution might of an established industry powerhouse with the thriving,
innovative spirit of a start-up. Whether we’re injecting new life into iconic brands or developing entirely new products, our deep commitment to innovation is unmistakable. You can see it in our massive new R&D facility. And the cutting edge data-tool that lets us react to consumer preferences in real time. You can see it in our move toward healthier offerings like USDA certified organic gummies. But most importantly, you can taste it. From spicy to sour, from gummies to chewy candy, we’re not just staying ahead of the tastes of a new generation of candy lovers, we’re driving them. And we’re moving our entire industry forward in the process. No doubt, things are moving fast around here. But it sure is a fun ride.

“We settle for nothing short of perfection to ensure goodness in every bite.”

Daniel D. , Finance Manager


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