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Chip Nielsen, president & CEO of Doscher’s Candy, the oldest manufacturer of candy canes in the US, visited a recent luncheon meeting of Cincinnati Eastside Rotary to share some of its famous french chews and candy canes.  Nielsen explained how the former CEO, and current Chairman of Al. Neyer, went from commercial real estate development to owning a local candy company.

Doscher’s Candies was founded in 1871 by Claus Doscher, a German immigrant who arrived in Cincinnati in 1868. Initially, Claus joined his uncles who were in the candy and sugar business. After a few years, Claus wanted to start his own venture and created Doscher Brothers Candy Company with one of his brothers.

When looking for a new business opportunity for his family, Nielsen discovered Dosher’s Candy was for sale and the rest, as they say, is history.  Nielsen will soon be relocating the business from its home for the past 80 years on West Court Street downtown to an early nineteenth century Victorian home in Newtown on Main Street. Renovation to accommodate the Doscher’s organization will be complete in the coming weeks.

The Newtown location will include a retail store and the Nielsen’s intend to offer tours of the candy-making operation.

FMI: http://doscherscandies.com/

 

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The Rotary Club of Cincinnati-Eastside was formed April 5, 2013 and it's 40 members enjoy fellowship, service and education each Wednesday at a luncheon meeting at Ivy Hills Country Club.  Prospective members are always welcome and each week more people are joining the "ground floor" of this new and vibrant Club.

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