Our Story

Manufacturing excellence to bring smiles to young and old around the globe.

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Creation

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.

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Expansion

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.

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Tradition

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.

Fun Facts

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Quality Candy produces enough candy in a year that if laid side by side, it would reach from Henderson, Nevada to Sydney, Australia.
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Gilliam Stick candy is now available in 36 flavors! The most popular flavor is a tie between Watermelon & Root Beer.
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The CEO of Quality Candy Pierre Redmond, an avid pilot, not only uses his Cirrus airplane as business transportation, but also as means for charity work.
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Look for the King Leo Cessna seaplane at charity functions and promotional events, wherever there is water!
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King Leo Peppermint Sticks have been sold in a blue gift tin since the company started. The blue tin is still one of the most popular items.
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Every year, customers at Cracker Barrel purchase enough Gilliam Stick Candies that when laid end to end, the candy stretches over 940 Miles!
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From Our Family To Yours

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.

The King of Soft Peppermint Treats

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.

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Creating Smiles for Over 100 Years

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.

Our Factory

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.

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Fun Facts

toffee
Quality Candy produces enough candy in a year that if laid side by side, it would reach from Henderson, Nevada to Sydney, Australia.
candy white
Gilliam Stick candy is now available in 36 flavors! The most popular flavor is a tie between Watermelon & Root Beer.
candy cane
The CEO of Quality Candy Pierre Redmond, an avid pilot, not only uses his Cirrus airplane as business transportation, but also as means for charity work.
round candy white
Look for the King Leo Cessna seaplane at charity functions and promotional events, wherever there is water!
jawbreaker
King Leo Peppermint Sticks have been sold in a blue gift tin since the company started. The blue tin is still one of the most popular items.
shopping bag white
Every year, customers at Cracker Barrel purchase enough Gilliam Stick Candies that when laid end to end, the candy stretches over 940 Miles!
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From Our Family To Yours

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.

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The King of Soft Peppermint Treats

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.

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Creating Smiles for Over 100 Years

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.

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Our Factory

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.