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(Wilbur, continued from previous column)
Cargill closed the iconic Wilbur factory (shown below) in 2016, transferring the manufacturing that was done in Lititz to other Cargill facilities.

Above, an architect's drawing of the new Wilbur hotel design.

January 2018 Philly Show 
 - continued from previous column 
 Madelaine Chocolate is ready for spring! 

In spite of snowstorm effects in the Northeast USA, the Philly Show at Oaks, PA, opened with 5-degree-F temperatures on Saturday, January 6 . . . Some of our readers may remember the ice storm at Valley Forge/King of Prussia in the last century. . . As they say in show biz, “The show must go on.”
Mark your calendars for the September show
WHEN: September 9-11, Sunday-Tuesday 2018

WHERE: The Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA The Hershey Lodge: Great American Hall,
325 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033

Sponsored by The Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia Show


 Students and faculty pose at The Warrell Corp. where the 2017 PMCA Panning Course was held.
PMCA Panning Course rates an A-Plus

“The hands-on experience and learning from other class members was invaluable.”
“Really great course and great, enthusiastic, engaged teachers.”

These are just a few of the comments from students who participated in PMCA’s panned confections course, Nov. 27-Dec. 1. More than 25 students from across the country gathered for the course at The Warrell Corporation, Camp Hill, PA, to learn about various panning technologies from a faculty of confectionery industry veterans.
Lectures and hands-on experience taught students panning basics, including soft, hard and chocolate panning, panning room design and layout, and finishing and polishing.
The extensive facilities of The Warrell Corporation also gave students a first-hand opportunity to learn about the hot panning process.
The faculty leading the course were Michelle Frame, Victus Ars; Scott Bergeron, Mantrose-Haeuser; Pam Gesford, The Hershey Company; Michael Gordon, Georgia Nut Company; Anthony Habib, Habib Global Consulting; Peter Jamieson, Atlas Point Technical Services; and Walter Vink, Vink Associates, Inc.

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Wilbur Factory Faces Transforming Future
By Susan Tiffany
Dreams of living in a chocolate factory are the stuff of Hollywood. But in one small Pennsylvania town this dream is about to become reality.
In Lititz, PA, Cargill’s shuttered Wilbur Chocolate Company factory, will undergo a major redevelopment courtesy of its new owner the Lancaster, PA-based Oak Tree Development. Oak Tree acquired the property from Cargill earlier this year for $2.25 million.
The 100-plus year-old brick factory will anchor the redevelopment, becoming one of Hilton Hotel’s Tapestry Collection boutique hotels. The new hotel will offer 74 guest rooms, and be christened “The Wilbur.”
The rest of the factory/warehouse complex will be transformed into a restaurant and bar, 26 residential condominiums and shops.
Its grand opening is scheduled for April 2019.
The remainder of the 11-acre property will feature new construction of 32 residential condominiums for the 55 years and older demographic; an 80-unit apartment building; and a 75-unit apartment building, which are scheduled for completion by April 2020.
Cargill closed the iconic Wilbur factory in 2016, transferring the manufacturing that was done in Lititz to other Cargill facilities.



Philly Show featurette
- Courtesy of Joan Sweeting, Madelaine Chocolate Company
The Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show at Oaks, PA, January 6 – 9 offered a ‘Taste of Industry’ competition, seminars along with the candy show . . . Please visit for who offered what during the first show of the season. 
Merckens / Cargill exhibit greets visitors at opening day at the Philly Show.
H&C Sales offers Valentine heart boxes and other confectionery packaging specialties. Howard Robinson greets visitors on the first day of the show.

Here & There
Best wishes to Kent Lyon who will be retiring at the end of 2017 after 36 years at Guittard Chocolate Company. Kent currently holds the position of Customer Service Representative, Southwest U.S. & Mexico.

He began his career 50 years ago, working for Knott’s Berry Farm in their candy plant, and shares that he was a proud graduate of the 1967 RCI (Retail Confectioners International) Gus Pulakos Candy School held in Erie, PA.
Lyons tells Candymail, “It has been a sweet ride for the past 36 years working for Guittard Chocolate Company, and getting to meet all the of the fantastic people that have been such a pleasure to know and to help along the way.”


In the photo above, Kent Lyon and his wife, Charlotte, are surprised by a gift basket of New Mexico products from a group of his customers
during the RCI’s regional conference in October, at Albuquerque, NM.