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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 12, December 2011, Posted On: 11/7/2011

Judson-Atkinson Suspends Candy Production As Sugar Costs Climb

Emily Jed
Judson-Atkinson candies, suspended production of candies, high sugar cost, high raw material cost, weak economy, Amy Atkinson voltz, family-owned business, bulk vending, bulk candies, sours, circus peanuts, orange slices, gummi bears, jellybeans
SAN ANTONIO, TX -- Judson-Atkinson Candies said it has suspended production of its candies. The candy manufacturer cited the high costs of sugar and other raw materials, along with the weak economy.

"This has been a very difficult decision for the owners; however our business and costs trends are consistent and similar to many businesses like ours around the country," said Amy Atkinson Voltz, president of Judson Atkinson Candies Inc.

She said Judson-Atkinson hopes to resume production within a couple of months, adding that the family-owned business is taking some time to evaluate its options.

The San Antonio company makes a variety of bulk and some packaged candies, including its signature sours, circus peanuts, orange slices, gummi bears and jellybeans.

U.S. sugar prices have been climbing and are currently in the high 50¢-per-pound range. That's up 25% over the past couple of years.

The company’s roots date back to 1899, when it was known as the Jenner Manufacturing Co. The Atkinson family purchased Judson Candies in 1983 to create Judson-Atkinson Candies.

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