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Historical Vignette How sweet it is By Tania Moffat


“The genteel art of candy making may well be classed among the fine arts for it is an accomplishment of which anyone may be proud”


— Ellye Howell Glover, 1913


Scott-Bathgate Ltd has been a Winnipeg institution since 1903. L


ife in Winnipeg really is sweet for so many reasons, but if you have a sweet tooth, then Winnipeg will definitely not disappoint. Candy and chocolate manufacturers have been creating sugary con-


coctions here for over 100 years! While some long-time confectionary companies have closed their doors, these companies have shown that they have true staying power. Scott-Bathgate’s Nutty Club


Scott-Bathgate Limited, manufacturer of the Nutty Club


brand of candies and nuts, has been headquartered in Win- nipeg since 1903, when local businessmen A. E. Scott and J. L. Bathgate first opened their importing and manufacturing business. Te introduction of the Nutty Club brand with its iconic Can-D-Man logo and mascot caught on and is still recognized for its confectionary items, packaged candies, seeds, nuts and popcorn. Te Karmel Korn, Crispy Corn and Prize Popcorn, that delectably sweet pink popcorn with a prize inside that children would beg their parents for, have all been hits. Scott-Bathgate’s first manufacturing facility is a familiar sight to those travelling past the iconic buildings located at


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149 Pioneer Ave. Situated across the street from Shaw Park, the two buildings are both adorned with the company’s logo and mascot. Can-D-Man, a smiling figure made of candy cane, tips his top hat to passers-by, a reminder of the treats of our youth. During the 1930s, Scott-Bathgate began an expansion


phase, opening branch offices, warehouses and factories across Canada. With these facilities in place, a new era for the company was launched and a second location was later purchased by the company at 80 Lombard St. By 2007, most of the company’s production and distri-


bution was relocated to the former T. Eaton Company warehouse between Alexander and Galt Avenues. Today, Scott-Bathgate Ltd. is still a manufacturer, grocery distribu- tor, major importer and manufacturers’ agent, representing brand names such as Walker’s Toffee, Simpkins and Cocoa Classic Hot Chocolate, among others. Tey maintain ware- house facilities in Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton and Delta, B.C. to service Canada from British Columbia to Ontario. Teir Nutty Club and Food Club products are still household names.


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