Last night at Candy Industry’s 71st Kettle Awards, Mike Koch, v.p. of Morley’s Candy Co., received the gleaming copper kettle. Marty Palmer, president and ceo of Palmer Candy Co., Rick Ross, president and ceo of Galerie, and Dave Taiclet, president of the Gourmet Food Group of 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc., nominees for the award, were also recognized at the event, which was held at the Union League Club in Chicago.
Koch’s entry into the confectionery goes back 43 years, when he was attending Notre Dame High School in 1973. He had responded to an employment ad that was placed by the Morley Candy Co. in East Detroit, Mich. His first job in the confectionery industry was sweeping and mopping floors after the production workers had gone home for the day.