Nutty Club Candy Set to Close – End of an Era
WINNIPEG – Business – Scott-Bathgate Ltd., the venerable confectionery manufacturer known for its Nutty Club products, has announced that it will cease operations by the end of January 2024. This decision marks the end of a remarkable 120-year journey for the east Exchange District company, a journey that has left an indelible mark on Canada’s confectionery landscape.
A Difficult Decision Amidst Competitive Pressures
The company, in a statement released Wednesday evening, cited the evolving competitive environment as a key factor in this decision. According to the statement, “the company can no longer sustainably operate the business without significant investments to increase its scale and scope, to compete with national distributors.”
A Century-Long Legacy
Founded 110 years ago by A.E. Scott and J.L. Bathgate, Scott-Bathgate Ltd. began as importers and manufacturers’ agents. The Winnipeg-based business grew rapidly, especially during the 1930s, with the expansion of branch offices, warehouses, and factories across Canada, marking the start of a new era for the company.
The Rise of Nutty Club
The Nutty Club brand, introduced by Scott-Bathgate, became a hallmark of quality in confectionery items, including packaged candy, salted nuts, and popcorn. Over the years, the company expanded its portfolio, manufacturing and representing major brands such as Walkers Toffee, Simpkins, and Cocoa Classic Hot Chocolate.
A Commitment to Quality and Service
Throughout its long history, Scott-Bathgate Ltd. has been recognized for providing retailers with a diverse range of products and maintaining a high level of service in the industry. The closure of this iconic company marks the end of an era in Canadian confectionery history, as the Nutty Club brand and its Can-D-Man logo have become a beloved part of the national cultural fabric.
Reflecting on a Rich Heritage
As Scott-Bathgate Ltd. prepares for its final chapter, the impact of its long-standing commitment to quality and innovation in the confectionery industry will be remembered by consumers and industry professionals alike.