PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A candy distributor based in Philadelphia since the Civil War has moved to New Jersey.
Casani Candy Co. Inc. had been located in northeast Philadelphia since 2001, after spending a century in the Old City section. But it will now be located a 15-minute drive away in Pennsauken, N.J.
Officials say a shopping center project forced the company to leave its Philly location and the property across the Delaware River was ready to move into.
Casani dates to 1865. It still has close to 500 accounts, including mom-and-pop operations and locations on the New Jersey shore, which company president Jack Lees says is a market equal to Christmas. The company's main business is repackaging bulk candies for 25-, 10- and even 5-pound lots, but about half the candy is made abroad now.