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Comet Candy Ltd Co.

Submitted by: David Brochier
Business Website: http://www.cometcandy.com
State: Idaho
City: Boise

Business Description

Comet Candy blends a unique mix of sugar free sweeteners, high-quality oil-based flavorings and top shelf gum base to produce a great-tasting and long-lasting sugar free and aspartame free chewing gum

What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?

Our product makes moms and kids happy! That’s the first reason why Comet Candy is one of the best small businesses in our community! We’ve developed a chewing gum that is sugar free and aspartame free with a smooth, refreshing, and long-lasting flavor. But that’s not all. We want kids today to enjoy the same fun, the same great taste of bubble gum that we enjoyed. Our new initiative (ENGAGE!) encourages kids to focus more on academics, sports and other outdoor activities and to “make their memories” with their friends and family. We’re committed to inspiring today’s young people to pursue healthy activities that lead to fulfilling lives and happy memories. We’re aiming both locally and nationally, with the goal of reaching thousands of today’s youth in large and small communities across the nation. With that in mind, we hope that our activities will help us to become a positive force and counted among the best small businesses in our community. Thank you for your consideration.

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

It’s been amazing working with everyone at the Boise SCORE office! I’ve learned so much about business from all of my SCORE mentors. They have truly been an invaluable resource and we wouldn’t be where we are without them. Mentors like Bruce, Sherm, Alan M., Andy, and Alan H., have all been such an encouragement and a wealth of experience. I can’t say enough about my mentors and their genuine contribution of time and effort in helping me. I can’t imagine starting my business, or any business for that matter, without the help of the great people at SCORE. Thank you all!

Please describe the specific ways that your business has been successful and how it will grow in the next year.

We expect sales in 2018 to be approximately $34,000, led mostly by local and regional sales. We expect to be in distribution by mid to late 2019. We have developed a sweetened-reduced version of our gum for the mainland Chinese market. We would be very interested in partnering with Sam’s Club in mainland China. We are currently upgrading our website to take advantage of online sales and promotional activities, as well as to launch our ENGAGE! initiative. To reach the next level of growth will require a vertical form, fill, and seal (VFFS) machine in order to reduce our packaging costs even further. A VFFS machine will not only allow us to grow and stay competitive, but will also allow us greater versatility when launching new gum flavors.
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