Bunch o' excitement as Bit-O-Honey production begins in St Paul - Bring Me The News

Bunch o' excitement as Bit-O-Honey production begins in St Paul

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In a short and sweet ceremony in St. Paul, employees, members of the Pearson family and Mayor Chris Coleman did the honors at the Pearson Candy Company as the first locally-made Bit-O-Honey candy began rolling off the production line.

FOX 9 reports that the expansion of the new line brings the addition of 40 new full-time jobs.

The Business Journal noted that Pearson purchased the 90-year-old Bit-O-Honey brand from Nestle USA eight months ago. Late last year, the company held a hiring fair to bring on the new workers. Pearson received a $200,000 forgivable loan from the Minnesota Investment Fund to move production to St. Paul. The loan will have to be repaid if the company doesn't meet job creation goals.

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The classic Bit-O-Honey candy in the signature red wrapping has almond bits embedded in honey-flavored taffy. It was introduced in Chicago in 1924 and was previously produced in Bloomington, Illinois. Pearson also produces Salted Nut Rolls, Nut Goodies, Mint Patties and Bun Bars.

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