Quality Candy Company is a leading manufacturer and distributor of high quality hard candy and soft sugar candy. In addition to a leading position in the foodservice market, Quality Candy produces and sells two lines of branded products: King Leo®, the oldest continuously sold brand of peppermint candy, dating back to 1901; and Gilliam®, a brand of colorful stick candy and high quality hard candy dating back to 1927.
Combined, the two brands make Quality Candy the leading manufacturer of stick candy in North America. Quality Candy also provides contract manufacturing services to leading marketers of both mass and niche product lines.
Quality Candy’s manufacturing facility is located in Tijuana, Mexico, just across the border from San Diego. The factory has been in continuous operation since 1986. The corporate office relocated from Julian, California to Henderson, Nevada, in 2004. The company has always been a privately held family business.
Quality Candy Company was founded as a start-up in 1986 by Pierre Redmond, starting with a few pieces of very old, simple equipment, and four employees. Focusing on quality, the company made candy for banks, restaurants and small businesses. Quality Candy grew to become a respected vendor of candy that customers typically gave away for free.
In 1999, Quality Candy acquired King Leo®, a brand that has been synonymous with the word Peppermint since 1901. In recent years, the line has been extended beyond the original two items (Peppermint Sticks & Broken Peppermint Sticks) with new offerings that bring the regal peppermint focused brand to more candy enthusiasts across the country.
In 2003, Gilliam® brand candy was added to the already impressive roster of fine Quality confections. Since 1927, iconic racks, filled with dazzling striped candy sticks have been found from Cracker Barrel Restaurants to local penny candy store shelves. The addition of Gilliam established the company as the largest stick candy manufacturer in North America.
Starting with a used lollipop machine in 1986, the company has come a long way. The now 75 thousand square foot factory is producing over 20 million pounds of candy annually. With vigilant attention paid to high food safety standards and quality assurance programs, Quality Candy Company isn’t shy about their immaculate record of food safety, their expanding brands, or their great tasting candy.