Leaf Brands, LLC Appoints Garvey Nut & Candy Distributor For Initial Products Lauch

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Leaf Brands, LLC, manufacturers of Astro Pops®, Yummers!®, Farts Candy® and David’s Signature Beyond Gourmet® Jelly Beans, has appointed Garvey Nut & Candy, the Pico Rivera, CA-based manufacturer and distributor for nuts and candies, as its exclusive distributor for their initial product launches.

Jelly Belly inventor David Klein at the Sweets and Snacks Expo, May 2011

We decided to give Garvey Nut and Candy many of our new products to distribute exclusively for their initial releases because we loved the way they take care of their customers. They’re an honest bunch and we firmly believe they will do an excellent job.

Leaf Brands, LLC, manufacturers of Astro Pops®, Yummers!™, Farts Candy™ and David’s Signature Beyond Gourmet™ Jelly Beans, has appointed Garvey Nut & Candy, the Pico Rivera, CA-based manufacturer and distributor for nuts and candies, for their initial product launches. Garvey Nut & Candy is the largest West Coast distributor, warehousing over 14,000 candy items, as well as nuts, dried fruit and trail mixes.

“We decided to give Garvey Nut and Candy many of our new products to distribute exclusively for their initial releases because we loved the way they take care of their customers. They’re an honest bunch and we firmly believe they will do an excellent job with our products,” said Ellia Kassoff, the CEO of Leaf Brands.

“Holy Candy Mecca” is what one of the many consumers describes the Garvey Candy Company, which was established in 1985 after original Jelly Belly® inventor David Klein*, the namesake behind David’s Signature ‘Beyond Gourmet’™ Jelly Beans, sold the company to current CEO Steve Corri for one dollar.

In-fact, Garvey will be the first company in the nation to distribute the re-release of Astro Pops® when they come out shortly,” Kassoff added. Astro Pops® are scheduled to launch January 2012.

Orders have already been placed for David’s Signature ‘Beyond Gourmet’™ Jelly Beans. This gourmet jelly bean line is the re-emergence of a jelly bean product line for David Klein, whose bittersweet relationship with his iconic candy invention is chronicled in the award-winning documentary, “Candyman: The David Klein Story.” A previous contract with The Jelly Belly Company forbid Klein to launch a jelly bean for the last 20 years. Press about his new ‘Beyond Gourmet” signature line of jelly beans has gone worldwide including the front page of The Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, the Huffington Post, New York Daily News and Time Magazine online.

In conjunction with Leaf Brands, LLC, Klein debuts the MOST exclusive line of jelly beans in the world; David’s Signature ‘Beyond Gourmet’ Jelly Beans™. His first products are two carefully-chosen, hand-picked collections: David’s Master Selection™ and the ‘Sweet, Salty, Savory and Hot™’ Collection. 19 Bulk flavors, in such exotic flavors such as wasabi, Thai chili, chipotle, Himalayan sea salt, ginger and pomegranate are now available in select specialty stores, such as Candy Connection, the nostalgic specialty candy shop in Old Town Monrovia, CA.

Another item available for bulk ordering through Garvey Nut & Candy is Farts Candy™. Farts Candy™ are flavorful chewy candy nuggets in all kinds of fruity flavors that are so fun they’ll make you laugh!™ The little bumpy, candy shell pieces with a nice, chewy texture, are a perfect candy to toss into your mouth any time you like, and have been compared to The Nestle Company’s Nerds® candies, but are reputed to be more chewy and flavorful. Available in 1.25 ounce individual packs as well as in bulk, Farts Candy, also available at Candy Connection comes in 16 flavors including Pina Colada, Sour Watermelon, Sour Apple, Root Beer, Grape, Strawberry, and Blue Raspberry.

“Our partnership with Garvey Nut & Candy will facilitate the candy launches and retailer relationships. We look forward to seeing our products in the marketplace with relative ease,” said Kassoff.
*David Klein is no longer affiliated with The Jelly Belly Company.

About Leaf Brands, LLC: The original LEAF Brands were started in the 1920's. LEAF Brands, once the fourth largest candy producer in North America, brought candy classics such as Whoppers® and Jolly Rancher® to the marketplace. Members of the Leaf family have assembled together once again to revive the Leaf name and its famous image after the US division was sold to The Hershey Corporation in 1996 and left the United States. Products include Astro Pops®, Yummers!™, Farts™ and David’s Signature Beyond Gourmet™ products.

About Garvey Nut & Candy: Garvey Nut & Candy, established in 1985, is one of Southern California's premiere candy and nut distributing centers, warehousing over 14,000 candy items, as well as nuts, dried fruit and trail mixes at its main headquarters in Pico Rivera, CA. They have accounts with large, successful companies such as Whole Foods, Cost Plus World Marketing, and Ghirardhelli, For more information, go to http://www.garveycandy.com.

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