Warner Finds Thrill With Blueberry Hill

Candy companies merge to form Simply Goodies

Published in CSP Daily News

CHICAGO -- Warner Candy Co. and Blueberry Hill Foods, two manufacturing and repackaging companies in the candy and snacks sector, have merged.

Warner Candy, a repackager of candy and snack products since 1927, is a portfolio company of Chicago-based Mars Equities and is headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Blueberry Hill, based in El Paso, Texas, is a North American supplier of general-line candy, manufacturing branded and private-label products available in multiple pack types across all trade classes.

The merged business [image-nocss] will be named Simply Goodies LLP.

This business combination gives us far more control over all aspects of the business, said Richard Anglin, CEO of Simply Goodies. By bringing together the key dimensions of branded and private-label manufacturing, repackaging and distribution under one business organization, we are able to enhance our economic leverage and staying power in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

The merger gives the Warner side of the business a consistent source of product and new product lines and packaging types, offering its customers a more varied choice than before. With the consolidation, customers will now have access to a significant line of seasonal candy products.

On the Blueberry Hill side, the transaction enhances its capital and management structure, facilitating improved internal systems and processes including new product innovation.

As Simply Goodies, we are now positioned to continue the track record of growth and success that both businesses brought to the party separately, said Anglin.

Mars Equities is a privately held corporation with holdings in real estate and operating divisions in diversified industries, directly or indirectly managing more than 30 investments.