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Oldest Candy Company May Go Out of Business. Consumers React by Hoarding Necco Wafers

Hard to believe this chalky treat has such a cult like following. The Necco Wafter is one candy that people either love or absolutely hate. Either way it looks like the oldest operating candy company may be shuttering its doors soon.

April 11, 2018 | By: Dee Jones

necco wafersAfter 171 years the New England Candy Confectionary announced that it may be going out of business. According to Michael McGee, the company's CEO, they will have to start laying off workers in early May if a buyer is not found for the company. Located in Revere, Massachusetts the company employs approximately 500 people. Best known for their Sweethearts Conversation Hearts and Necco Wafers they are the "oldest continuously operating candy company in the United States."

Americans love nostalgic candies and Necco Wafers are no exception. While many find these candies unappetizing there are many more who love them and are panicked at the thought of not being able to purchase their favorite chalky treat any longer.

Since the news broke about the impending demise of Necco Wafter online candy stores have been bombarded with phone calls and emails. Many are looking to stock pile the candy and sales of Necco Wafers are up 63% in the past few days. Ebay sellers are offering the curiously shelf stable candy for $30 a box.

As of today April 11, 2018 there is no word on whether the company has found a buyer. Will this spell the end for Necco Wafers? Stay tuned.


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