Greenwich / CT. (scc) The New England Confectionery Company («Necco»), the 171-year-old maker of the iconic «Necco» wafer, has been acquired by Sweetheart Candy Co. LLC, an entity owned by Dean, Evan and Daren Metropoulos, for USD 17.3 million. The deal, which closed 2018-05-31, came in the wake of the company’s April bankruptcy filing and subsequent auction process.
The Metropoulos family has a long and successful track record of reinvigorating classic brands including Hostess, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Bumble Bee, Chef Boyardee, Vlasic, Ghirardelli and Perrier Jouet, among others. Over the course of nearly forty years, the family has invested in approximately 80 entities – transforming companies, accelerating revenue and earnings growth and propelling to renewed prominence scores of rich-heritage brands.
Headquartered in Revere, MA, «Necco» – the oldest continuously operating candy company in the U.S. – produces sweet treats, including seasonal Sweetheart Conversation Hearts, Candy Buttons, Mary Jane candies and Clark Bars, in addition to its namesake wafers.
«We are extremely excited to bring our extensive background and expertise to bear in working to revive «Necco» and its amazing brands, all of which have a special place in the heart of Americana,» said Evan Metropoulos.
«Acquiring «Necco» is a special opportunity to create a robust platform designed to build critical mass and create the potential for consolidating additional confectionery brands in the near future,» added Daren Metropoulos.
«Necco» CEO Mike McGee stated, «We are thrilled to be partnering with the Metropoulos team given their impressive track record working with great consumer brands and strong commitment to supporting customers with outstanding products and service levels going forward.»