Established in 1946 by Candy Industry's founder and publisher, Don Gussow, the Kettle Award represents the highest recognition an individual working within the U.S. confectionery industry can attain.
It is, as Gussow explained to readers, "recognition of the contribution for 'great or good' of the industry, not only on the part of the person selected for the distinction, but of every member of the confectionery field who has devoted himself in whatever measure to make the business of candy making and selling a more profitable and happier one."
2014 Kettle Award Nominees
Kimmie Candy Co.
With a degree in agronomy from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Joe Dutra began his career as a farmer in Sacramento. He eventually became a senior agronomist for one of the largest wheat farming operations in the world outside of the United States, spending 20-plus years in the international agricultural seed export business.Read more...
Senior V.P. of Global Operations & Distribution
Jelly Belly Candy Co.
Mike Bianco, senior vice president of global operations & distribution at Jelly Belly Candy Co., has made candy a lifelong career. An integral part of Jelly Belly Candy for the last 28 years, Bianco has held various positions before working his way up to overseeing all operations. Prior to joining Jelly Belly, he worked for See’s Candy.Read more...
President, CEO & Owner
Abdallah Candies Corp.
Steve Hegedus began his experience with Abdallah Candies at an early age. Before he was a teenager he was trained in candy making basics such as hand pulling hard candy, making marshmallow centers, enrobing, molding and making fondant centers. Although not quite the norm for most twelve-year-old boys, it was so for the son of a family candy-making business.Read more...
2014 Kettle Award Reception
About The Kettle Awards
Since 1946, Candy Industry magazine has recognized leaders in the U.S. confectionery industry with the highest recognition possible, the Kettle Award. The distinguished recipients have captured this most coveted award by not only excelling within their companies, but by contributing to the greater good of the industry. It’s virtually a who’s who of past and present professionals that have left their mark as confectioners and business mavens.
James H. Heinz