Thursday, to end our week in CEO, we toured Rucker’s Candy. Our tour was lead by Rucker’s Candy President, Deb Parrott. Our tour began right inside the doors of the warehouse. Deb began by giving a brief history of Rucker’s Candy. Rucker’s was founded by Rick Rucker in 1983. At the time, Rick was simply repackaging wholesale bulk candy in his garage for resale. Since then, Rucker’s Candy has grown exponentially, and now employs around 120 people full-time. After explaining the history of the company, Deb gave us a full tour of the warehouse. Our tour began in the labeling and boxing department, where labels are placed on candy bags and then are packed into boxes on wood pallets. We then walked through candy storage, which consumes the majority of the square footage in the warehouse. Deb later showed us where the candy is removed from wholesale packaging and repackaged for sale in retail stores. The candy is dumped onto a conveyer belt, weighed by gravity scales, and then packaged automatically by a machine that stuffs and seals each bag. Other areas we toured included the shipping docks and branded candy storage. Following the tour, students had the opportunity to ask Deb questions about Rucker’s Candy and the warehouse itself. Some topics discussed included the difficulty of keeping up with FDA Regulations and employee turnover. It was a very interesting tour to end the week. We thank Rucker’s Candy for allowing us to visit and for the gift bags!

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