Pease Candy to move production to St. Louis

11 Jun

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After more than 80 years in Illinois, Springfield based Candy Manufacturer, Pease’s Candy has announced plans to move around 75% of its entire candy production to St. Louis, Missouri.

Citing the recession, high gasoline prices and a series of increases to the state’s minimum wage as the primary reasons, this decision has been taken in lieu of the company’s recent merger with the St. Louis-based candy company Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate.

Despite closing one of its Springfield Stores just over a year ago, Pease’s three remaining retail outlets in Springfield will continue as is under the terms of the merger. The production for which will move to a smaller candy kitchen in one of these stores. The company confirmed its intention to offer some of their production workers jobs elsewhere in the company.

Pease’s owner Rob Flesher confirmed he discussed the idea of joint production with Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate three years ago, but could not reach agreement with them. The idea was only revived when the St. Louis based firm floated the idea of opening a new production facility in St. Louis.

The new 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate’s largest expansion in 31 years of business said Dan Abel Sr. founder and chief executive of the company.

Though it is moving most of its production to Missouri, Pease’s Candy has no plans to change any of the recipes for its chocolates, caramels and roasted nuts.

‘Nothing is going to change other than the location where the product is made’ confirmed Flesher. ‘It’s going to look the same, it’s going to taste the same, it’s going to have the same ingredients and the same focus on quality’.

How do you feel about the move? Upset or not bothered? Let us know through the comments field.

Article posted by Spencer Samaroo, Managing Director, Moo-Lolly-Bar


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