“I have loved candy since I was a kid”: Dylan Lauren, the founder and owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar, discovered her passion for sweets at a young age. “She always had sweets in all of her pockets as a kid,” reported Richard Ross, President of Galerie Candy. As her long-standing companion and business partner, Ross held the laudation for the award winner, Dylan Lauren, who was presented with the ISM Award 2018 on Sunday evening in the scope of an exclusive dinner. The prize has been presented by ISM, the world’s largest and most important trade fair for sweets and snacks for exceptional services to the sweets and snacks industry since 2014.
Dylan Lauren paved the way for one of the largest sweet and lifestyle brands worldwide with the shop and sales concept she introduced in 2001: Dylan’s Candy Bar. In the meantime the company has 26 subsidiaries among others in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. “The stores are full of life and a wonderful experience,” commented Ross. In addition to 7,000 different types of sweets, Dylan Lauren, who brings together candy, fashion and art, also sells accessories, clothes and jewellery. He added, “The Queen of Candy is a successful entrepreneur, a real leader and true inspiration for the whole candy business.”
In her address, Dylan Lauren not only thanked everyone for the award that she said she was delighted to win, but also her colleagues and employees for their commitment. She also paid tribute to the contribution of her business partners in the success of her company. „You make my job easy“. In the 16th year after founding her company – “sweet sixteen” as Lauren put it – she still radiates enthusiasm and joy. „Candy is a magic dream and pure imagination“. She went on to say that the ISM Award is a gold medal in the sweets business and she is pleased to belong to the illustrious circle of winners.
The ISM Award was handed over by Bastian Fassin, Chairman of the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair Task Force (AISM) and Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. The jury of the ISM Award comprises of international representatives from the industry, trade and field of science. ISM organisers are Koelnmesse and its industry sponsor, the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (AISM) Task Force.
Prize winners to-date:
2014 Herman Goelitz Rowland Sr., Chairman of the Board, Jelly Belly Candy Company, USA
2015 Felix Richterich, proprietor and CEO of Ricola AG, Switzerland
2016 James N. Walker, Walkers Shortbread, England
2017 Gota Morinaga, Representative Director, Representative Chairman,
Morinaga Co. Ltd., Japan,
ISM, the world’s largest and most important trade fair for sweets and snacks, will be presenting around 1,660 exhibitors from 73 countries this year. The trade fair is exclusively open to trade visitors.
Parallel to ISM: ProSweets Cologne – the international supplier fair for the sweets and snacks industry. Over 300 companies from the sections manufacturing, packing and ingredients are once again expected in Cologne from 28 to 31 January 2018.