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KLN Family Brands expands from
feeding pets to the owners' sweet tooth
with Kenny's Candy & Confections.
Kenny's was established in 1987 and
added confections in 2011. The company manufactures licorice, gummies and
fruit snacks, while also producing indulgent drizzled, specialty popcorn, chocolate enrobed and panned items. Wiley
Wallaby is the premium gourmet line
of licorice products and known for its
unique flavor profiles and a soft textured
bite, which was created in 2007 after
extensive R&D. Kenny's has also built
prominent relationships with national
private-label partners and has licensing
agreements with Dr. Pepper Snapple
Group and Pearson's.
In 2013, Kenny's began manufacturing gummies and fruit snacks, along with
valued-added types with natural colors,
natural flavors and real fruit juice. Most
recently, Kenny's crafted the Sweet Chaos brand, which consists of a mixture of
specialty kettle corn, pretzels and potato
chips drizzled in chocolate. Today, its top
products on the market are Sweet Chaos
Original and Peanut Butter.

High-Quality Products
Tuffy's and Kenny's values safety and
produces high-quality products in facilities that are inspected and audited
to maintain their Global Food Safety
Initiative (GFSI) certifications.
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The most
important thing
is that we care
deeply about
our employees.

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In 2015, KLN sold Barrel O' Fun,
its salty snack food division, which has
allowed the company to focus on pet
food, candy and confections now more
than ever. "There aren't any immediate
plans to expand manufacturing outside
of Perham, Minn., but both our pet food
and candy and confections divisions do
sell and ship products throughout the
U.S., as well as several other countries,"
Nelson notes. KLN has built and maintained strong relationships with some
of the largest retailers, as well as smaller
independents, across the country.
KLN may not be the largest but Nelson says it does things right. "I believe
we work extremely well with our customers," he says. "We are strong at doing what we say and saying what we do."

Employees are Family
KLN is truly a family business and
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