History of Primrose

It all started…

As World War I came to an end Primrose founder Frank C Puch went to work for Kranz Candy, a Chicago Sweets shop, which manufactured confectionery and ice cream. After grasping the basics of confectionery manufacturing, Frank accepted an opportunity from a larger manufacturer, General Candy of Chicago, where he grew to understand production line manufacturing and equipment. In 1928, our beloved founder took $500, his hard earned knowledge, and started Primrose Candy with his wife, Mae Puch. The family’s recipes have been creating smiles and memories ever since.


In 1945 Great Grandpa was joined by his only child, Frank E Puch. They purchased a 12,000 sq. ft. manufacturing site just blocks from where the factory stands today. With their commitment to quality and customer service they quickly out grew this facility and expanded the manufacturing into a 30,000 sq. ft. facility just down the street from our current location. This enabled Primrose to increase responsiveness to its customer base. Through the acquisition of a popcorn company Hunkey Dorey was born. A delicious caramel glazed popcorn with thick clusters of pecans and almonds. Throughout the 1970s and 80s Grandpa continued to expand creating the opportunity to bring in and educate the 3rd. Generation Jeff, Mark and Alouise to help manage the growth while insuring the high level of consumer satisfaction. The launch of Sugar Free and Chewy candies by the 3rd generation doubled sales.


For generations Primrose realized that the ongoing emphasis to greatness is as seen through the eyes of our customers. The 4th generation will continue the ongoing commitment to our old world confectionery traditions while modernizing our processes and equipment. We understand by continually raising the bar on efficiency, quality, and flexibility will enable our team to service our contract manufacturing, private brand, retail and bulk accounts, beyond their expectation.

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