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It was a Russell Stover box that prompted the famous line in Forrest Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
But with Russell Stover, you do know: chocolate, clusters of cashews, cherry cordials, and that is just the beginning. Russell Stover Candies, also the producer of the Whitman’s and Pangburn’s brands, is headquartered at Kansas City.
From November 2007 to November 2008, Russell Stover chocolates were the top seller in the gift-boxed chocolate category, according to Information Resources, Inc. Whitman’s Gift Box Chocolates were second.
Together, the two brands made Russell Stover Candies the largest U.S. producer of boxed chocolates, with about 50 percent of boxed chocolate sales.
Despite the success today, the company had humble beginnings in 1923 in Clara and Russell Stover’s kitchen at Denver, Colorado. The Stovers opened their first factory at Kansas City in 1928. The headquarters were moved to Kansas City in 1932.
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