CHICAGO, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lovely Candy Company will launch its first line of premium gluten-free candies, including licorice, caramels and fruit chews, at the National Confectioners Association Sweets & Snacks Expo May 21-23 in Chicago.
The company was founded in 2013 in Chicago when Mike Nakamura set off on a quest for his wife Jackie's favorite candy, licorice. The problem? Jackie required gluten-free candies, and Mike soon learned that traditional U.S. licorice brands are not gluten-free. A successful entrepreneur, he decided to create a line of top-quality candies himself, and The Lovely Candy Company was born.
"We started this company to make life more lovely for people like my wife who want delicious candies that also happen to be gluten- and GMO-free, as well as certified kosher," said Lovely Candy Company CEO Mike Nakamura. "We are committed to using the highest quality ingredients to create a consciously crafted candy that everyone can enjoy, not just those with dietary restrictions."
Once Mike started looking at the specialty candy market, he noticed that there were few offerings, other than chocolate bars, for ingredient-conscious consumers. In response, he developed a line of flavorful and unique offerings including Lovely Candy Original Chewy Caramels, Lovely Candy Chocolate Swirl Caramels, Lovely Candy Super Fruit Chews (in Cranberry, Raspberry and Blueberry), Lovely Candy Fruit Chews (in Apple, Cherry and Blackberry) and Lovely Candy Organic Cherry Licorice Drops.
The company is currently working to have the whole line, which contains no high fructose corn syrup, certified non-GMO. The candies will be available for sampling at NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo booth #1598i in Innovation Alley.
About The Lovely Candy Company:
The Lovely Candy Company, founded in Chicago in 2013 by Mike Nakamura, makes delicious candies for consumers who have food sensitivities or celiac disease and must maintain a gluten-free diet. The line also serves health-conscious consumers looking for treats that offer the best ingredients available. The candies are non-GMO, certified kosher and contain no high fructose corn syrup. For more information, go to www.lovelycandyco.com or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheLovelyCandyCompany.
Mary Kate Jeffries, SPM Communications
SOURCE The Lovely Candy Company