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Essential Candy Partners with Walmart, the U.S. Retail Giant, to Bring Healthier Hard Candies to Shelves and Bolster American Jobs
Wellington, Florida – November 1, 2023 – Essential Candy®, a leading producer of premium, all-natural functional hard candies, is thrilled to announce a significant milestone in its mission to provide delectable, better-for-you confections. The company has sealed a valuable partnership with Walmart, allowing Essential Candy's hard candy products to be featured on the shelves of Walmart's physical stores in the coming months.
Essential Candy's remarkable achievement follows an invitation to participate in Walmart's exclusive 10th Annual Open Call event, which took place at their Home Office in Bentonville, Arkansas just last week. Walmart, the largest retailer in the United States with annual revenue exceeding $600.1 billion, reviewed an astounding 15,000 U.S.-made products from 6,000 companies and carefully selected just over 1,000 potential suppliers to present at the event, with only a small number chosen to forge new partnerships with Walmart, and Essential Candy was among the elite few.
Tracy Ernst, Founder of Essential Candy, expressed her enthusiasm for this monumental achievement, saying, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Walmart. Our journey to create delicious, healthier hard candies has been a labor of love, and this partnership with a retail leader like Walmart is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team. We look forward to bringing our exceptional better-for-you products to Walmart's discerning customers."
Dean Ernst, President of Essential Candy, added, "Walmart's commitment to offering a wide range of high-quality products aligns perfectly with our values. We are proud to have our hard candies on Walmart's shelves. This partnership will help us reach more individuals dealing with cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy through our "Candy With A Purpose" initiative."
Additionally, Essential Candy takes great pride in the fact that their products are made right here in the United States. This new partnership with Walmart not only brings healthier hard candies to a wider audience but also contributes to the creation of new American jobs as Essential Candy expands its operations. This aligns with Walmart's "Investing in American Jobs," a 10-year goal aimed at strengthening its commitment to American jobs and communities while providing more value to customers. Walmart has committed $350 billion to U.S. manufacturing to help create American jobs.
About Essential Candy:
Essential Candy is a family-owned company founded in 2019 by Tracy Ernst, driven by a passion for creating functional hard candies infused with organic essential oils and plant botanicals. Their hard candies are made with all-natural ingredients, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, and free from artificial additives and preservatives. Essential Candy is dedicated to helping those dealing with cancer through their "Candy With A Purpose" initiative. For every bag purchased, one is donated to individuals going through chemotherapy and its treatments.
Walmart Inc. is the largest retailer in the United States, with annual revenue exceeding $600.1 billion. Walmart engages in both the retail and wholesale business, selling an assortment of merchandise and services worldwide at stores and online at everyday low prices. Today, Walmart operates 10,482 retail units in 19 countries with 4,616 Walmart stores and 599 Sam’s Club stores in the United States, 5,267 Walmart International stores, and eCommerce online marketplaces including www.walmart.com. As of the end of FY2023, Walmart employed approximately 2.1 million associates worldwide, with approximately 1.6 million associates in the U.S.
Media outlets and other interested parties are encouraged to reach out for further information or to schedule interviews with Tracy Ernst, Founder, or Dean Ernst, President of Essential Candy.