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Dillon Candies booms despite slumping economy

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

December 9, 2008

BOSTON, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia Candy company was hit hard just like the rest of us when the price of oil soared.

It affected packaging and shipping costs.  And when the price of corn went up, so did their production costs.

Despite those challenges Dillon Candy Company is not only staying afloat, they're thriving.

Just the sight of goodies made at the Dillon Candy Company is enough to make your mouth water.

The family business was started ninety "sweet" years ago by George Dillon.

"My father was the original candy maker and he began to make candy at the age of 18 in 1918 in Brunswick, GA in the back of a grocery store," said Chief Operating Officer of the company, Margaret Cook.

The now booming business has stayed true to it's roots. No mass-productions, only hand-made quality.  And customers appreciate the taste, and the quality.

"We have customers throughout the US, we have customers in Canada, the Caribbean...and a lot of those customers have been with us 20, 30, even 50 years," said Tom Cook, now President of the Dillon Candy Company.

And despite the slumping economy, and the recent spike in oil and corn prices, business is good.

"It looks as if we'll finish the year at about what we did last year. However we have been getting a number of applicants so certainly everyone is feeling the effects of an economy that has had a downturn," said Tom Cook.

Good business strategies and smart ownership have certainly played a part in their success. But love and a passion for the art of candy making is what Margaret Cook says makes them stand out.

"They say candy gets in your blood. And I'm a believer because I came along right behind him and have certainly loved and enjoyed making candy for many years," said Margaret.

And they look forward to many more tasty years to come.

Dillon Candy Company specializes in nut candies, in particular peanut brittle. Their sales are about 97% wholesale and 3% retail and mail orders.

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