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Mordens’ is a family-based business that has stood the test of time. Cavalier Candies


Almost 20 years later, another confectionary company joined the Winnipeg scene. Englishmen George Bond and Ronald Samuel started the company, Bond and Ronald, which manufactured sugar confectionery items and some chocolates. Te company remained small, focusing on the lo- cal market for many years. Tey prided themselves on the use of quality ingredients and where possible, natural colours and flavours. Teir fruit slices, made from imported Agar seaweed strips, were one of their most popular creations. Te process was slow and labour-intensive but produced one of the best natural gelling agents that also brought out the true fruit fla- vours, making their fruit slices a hit. Te company was purchased by Charles Fletcher in 1957. He quickly expanded operations, and began repackaging the fruit slices for market throughout Canada. Ten years later the company was split into two. Cavalier Candies Ltd. focused on manufacturing and Cavalier Foods Ltd. focused on importing confectionary products to add to their product line. When Walter Fletcher entered the family business in 1986, he expanded their fruit slices and Pizazz individually wrapped bulk line with the assistance of automated machinery. Today, Cavalier Candies Ltd. is one of Western Canada’s largest manufacturers of confectionary products and Agar fruit slices in North America. Cavalier fruit jelly slices are also certified Kosher.


Mordens’ of Winnipeg Mordens’ has been creating chocolate delicacies and other


tasty delights for Manitobans over the last 56 years. Blake Morden began the business in 1959, when he purchased the Park Candy Kitchen, originally located on Portage Avenue Te business was always a family affair. Blake’s father helped him to relocate the company to Sargent Avenue, a street then filled with several other confectionary shops. It’s hard to be- lieve that Blake and his wife, Shirley, started up the business with nothing but a kettle, a stove and two marble slabs. With much of the work done by hand, customers could, and still can, taste the quality. Fred Morden began working in his father’s shop as a young


child. Today, he is the master chocolatier and owner. Fred is passionate about his life’s work and is always experiment- ing, testing, enhancing and growing the company. Mordens’ was one of the first confectionary companies in the country to produce chocolate covered jujubes and one of the first in North America to enrobe coffee beans with chocolate. Fred’s hard work is paying off. Teir 7,000 square-foot pro- duction facility works at full capacity producing over 9,000 pounds of product per day to fulfill their continually increas- ing orders. Mordens’ is increasing its manufacturing, distribu- tion, wholesale, private label offerings, custom-made choco- late corporate logos, wedding favours, and more, bringing the company a long way from its humble roots.


Pizazz fruit slices made by Cavalier Candies. thehubwinnipeg.com Winter 2015 • 23


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