Charlotte Clary and Bev Vines-Haines, the two grandmothers behind the popular Ice Chips Candy, are moving their venture to Olympia from Yelm. Why? БExplosive growth,Б Clary said during an interview and tour of the new facility lastweek, which is just off Old Highway 99 at 79th Avenue Southeast, across from Olympia Regional Airport. Simply put: The candy, which is sold in 21 flavors and is made with a natural sweetener called xylitol, has caught on with customers. The chipped candy now is sold, most notably in tins, in stores throughout the country and overseas. And that meant the 5-year-old company was bursting at the seams of its 5,000-square-foot location in Yelm, space so cramped that it wasnБt unusual to have to walk sideways just to get around, Clary said. So in August they signed a lease for 21,500 square feet of space and are set to begin moving in the coming days. The new location will be home to every aspect of the business: reception, production and shipping. There also are offices for the co-founders and majority owners, a break room for 34 employees, and a reception area that will double as a retail storefront, where customers can buy candy or get a customized gift basket.
The larger space also will allow them to increase staff and ramp up production. That, combined with a new sales effort, means the business is aiming for $32 million in revenue this year. But Clary and Vines-Haines are getting help. They now have a chief executive officer, an operations manager and a former Pepsi Co. vice president who is handling sales. That gives them time to market the business and make public appearances throughout the country. Clary and Vines-Haines said they knew they were on to something in 2009 when friends and family. But they couldnБt imagine where they are today. For much of their growth, they thank the ABC-TV show БShark Tank,Б which the two of them call the Бgift that keeps on giving. Б
After launching the business in 2010, the grannies appeared on the show in 2012 and won an investment from Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran. Off camera, they ultimately decided not to take the deal, but they still have fond memories of the experience and remain close to other Shark Tank alums.
The newest of the 21 Ice Chips Candy flavors are sour apple, sour cherry and root beer float. Peppermint and lemon are tied for most popular. The tins sell for $5, and the business is set to roll out a resealable package that sells for $2. 99. Ice Chips Candy can be found at the Bayview and RalphБs Thriftway stores in Olympia. In Pierce County, it is sold at Bartell Drugs. HereБs more about xylitol from the Ice Chips Candy website: БIt is all natural, safe for diabetics and has many health benefits. Mostly, it is made from birch bark or corn. Ice Chips Candy uses only the birch bark xylitol in order to avoid any chance of using genetically modified corn (GMO). Б Posted Oct 15, 2013 in Xylitol Ice Chips is a wonderful product that we sell at Sensational Smiles which we will be featuring at our Etc. Expo for Her booth, Oct 18th 19th. Here is a little glimpse into the positive attributes of Xylitol Ice Chips. P Why Xylitol? Strengthens teeth Reduces new tooth decay Reduces cavity-causing bacteria Inhibits growth of dental plaque Stimulates saliva flow Does NOT impact insulin levels Contains zero net effective carbs Delicious and satisfying The FDA has approved Xylitol as a Natural Sweetener Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables Xylitol is found in small amounts in the human body One teaspoon of Xylitol contains 40% less calories than sugar Savoring ICE CHIPS Candy 3 to 5 times a day delivers maximum benefits Use ICE CHIPS Candy immediately after meals or snacks Recent studies have found a link between consuming Xylitol during pregnancy and stronger teeth in infants What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a polyol, a sugar alcohol. It is all natural, safe for diabetics and has many health benefits. What are the advantages? It is all natural, safe for diabetics and has many health benefits Why do you use it? Ice Chips Candy uses Birchwood Xylitol (made in the USA), in order to access the health benefits, particularly the dental and diabetic advantages