Sanders & Morley Candy Makers VP of Manufacturing, Michael Koch, Sr., inducted into the 42nd class of the Candy Hall of Fame.

Sanders VP, Mike Koch Inducted Into The Candy Hall of Fame


Clinton Township, MI October 8th, 2013 — On October 19th in Tampa FL, Michael Koch will be joining a prestigious list of other industry leaders as he is inducted into the 42nd class of the Candy Hall of Fame. Each year, up to 12 inductees from around the world are selected from numerous nominations of candy brokers, sales personnel, manufacturers, retail buyers, wholesalers, industry suppliers, retail confectioners and others allied to the industry.

Morley Candy Makers Inc. (home of the Sanders brand) has been the setting of Mike Koch’s career over the last 40 years. Starting as a young maintenance employee in the candy factory at the age of sixteen, Mike knew the confectionery industry was where he wanted to be. He is now part owner, Vice President of Production and Warehousing, on the board of the National Confectioners Association and now a Candy Hall of Fame Inductee.

Mike’s passion for the industry has been felt by many through his long involvement with industry associations and causes. Some of these include:
-Involvement in the RCI since 1975
-Graduate of the Gus Pulakos Industry course
-On the board of the RCI for 9 years
-Member of the Confectionary Education Advisory Board since inception
-Speaker and educator at several RCI and AACT education forums & conventions
-Member of the current NCA Board of Directors
-Member of the NCA Candy PAC
-Meet with politicians in Washington DC for sugar reform on behalf of the industry

In addition to Mike’s many candy industry involvements he is also very active in his local community raising funds and awareness for local charities that assist families and cancer patients. President of Sanders, Ron Rapson said “Mike is a great friend that I am proud we have as a leader in our organization. He is a tireless ambassador for the industry, our company and the community”.


PR Contact:
Tiffany Van Hemm
Director of Public Relations

About Sanders:
Sanders is a classic national brand featuring premium chocolates, dessert toppings and baked goods using original recipes dating as far back as 1875. Started by Fred Sanders in Detroit, Michigan, the brand is now owned by Morley Candy Makers, Inc., with its own rich history dating back to 1919. Sanders products can be found in multiple retailers across the United States, at Sanders Chocolate & Ice Cream Shops in Michigan, or online at
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