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Sweet Victory for Local Candyland Inc.
Candyland, Inc., founded in 1936, is a small, Minnesota-based manufacturer of high-quality popcorn, candy, and fine chocolates. The candy company’s trademarked “Chicago Mix” blend of caramel, cheese and regular flavored popcorn has been a best seller for 20 years.

In 2013, Candyland learned of three competitors using their trademarked “Chicago Mix” name to sell their own popcorn blends:  food giants Snyder’s-Lance Inc., CaramelCrisp, LLC (also known as Garrett Popcorn Shops) and Cornfields, Inc., which makes G.H. Cretors popcorn for retailers such as Costco, Whole Foods and Hy-Vee.

Like any business, growing or established, Candyland knew it was vitally important to protect its intellectual property, especially for such a cornerstone product. After cease-and-desist letters went unanswered, and despite their small size, Candyland decided to take on the three national manufacturers, and filed three separate lawsuits for trademark infringement in the Fall of 2014.

By February 2016, all three lawsuits were very favorably resolved for Candyland, with judgments entered in favor of Candyland in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and permanent injunctions in place to prohibit the further unauthorized use of Candyland’s valuable trademark.  This is a significant victory for Candyland, who was able to protect its home-grown and handcrafted product from any confusion that may have been taking place in the market.
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Deb Cochran
Direct: (612) 604-6688
 
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