Licorice Soft Chews by Panda
Panda - Licorice Soft Chews Blueberry - 6 oz. (170g)
New and delicious Panda Licorice Soft Chews Blueberry is made with Real Superfruit Blueberries to create a mouth watering blueberry taste sensation. Panda Licorice Soft Chews Blueberry is made from natural ingredients without preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or white sugar.
Panda - A fresh success!
Panda Licorice Soft Chews Blueberry comes in a package that has been developed specifically to keep the product soft, fresh and delicious tasting. Panda's success around the world is based on the freshness and unique consistency of the product.
Why is there sometimes an uneven combination of product in a mix bag?
Due to the production method of the mix bags, there might be slight variations in the mixture of components in the final product, so every bag could be slighlty different in terms of content.
Why does the softness of licorice vary?
Small variations in softness are normal for licorice, and the softness varies through the storage period.
Why does the color of licorice vary?
The color of licorice changes through its shelf life. Small color variations are normal for this type of product.
For thousands of years licorice has been believed to hold mystic, healing powers. People have used licorice to ward of evil spirits and as a remedy for stomach complaints, cough and chest infections. Today, however, licorice is enjoyed mainly for its delicious taste.
The main ingredient of licorice is licorice root that grows wild in Southern Europe and Asia. The secret of the unique Panda flavor lies in carefully cooking meticulously selected raw materials and a production process of rich in tradition. In the same way as a perfume or wine master can notice even the smallest nuances of a fragrance, the Panda Executive Licorice Master also requires never-failing gustatory nerves. Not a single batch of product leaves the Panda factory without our Executive Licorice Master checking that the flavor is precisely the one for which the Panda factory is rightly famous for.
There aren't any "nasties" in Panda Licorice, like added salt, preservatives or additives. Also, no bleached sugar is used, but brown molasses syrup that contains minerals and micro-nutrients like potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, natrium, and iron. Panda Licorice is Fat Free and so the calorie count is a pleasant surprise! Filled and flavored, bars and cuts, fat and flat, short and long, the Panda licorice develops in fashion, while still respecting tradition. New and surprising flavor combinations and fillings are created and regularly tasted at the factory.
Panda is a Finnish confectionery company that was founded in 1920. Many years have given Panda extensive amounts of experience in manufacturing, selling and marketing chocolate and licorice products. Being the second largest domestic confectionery producer, Panda is among the best known candy companies in Finland with an 8 percent market share.
Panda is best known for its soft and fresh licorice products. This national sweet treat has been manufactured with the same recipe since 1933, and it has been one of the nation's most loved candy products for over 75 years. The most important products in the Finnish market are Panda Licorice, LakuMix, Panda Pepe and Assorted Pralines and just like the rest of our products, they are made in the factory located in Vaajakoski, Central Finland. In addition to the domestic market, the most important market regions for Panda are the other Nordic countries as well as North America, United Kingdom, Spain and Central Europe.
Panda In The U.S.
Panda Licorice has long traditions in the US. Panda began exporting sweets in 1963. Panda's first exports of Licorice Roll were sent to the US, for a purchaser named Paul Spitz in New York. Panda All Natural Licorice has been on the market since 1977. It is mainly distributed through natural food stores, in which it has been the best selling licorice brand for years. Panda All Natural Licorice has experienced strong growth with the overall rise of the natural food business, and so the distribution is also rapidly expanding into traditional grocery stores. According to Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) statistics, Panda All Natural Licorice is the fourth biggest licorice brand sold in US grocery stores.
Mission, Vision, Values
Panda's mission is to bring the feeling of pleasure and joy to consumers and create added value to business partners by creating tasty delights with its original confectionery.
Panda wants to be considered as the highest quality licorice company in the world, an innovative forerunner on the domestic market and to have a strong position on chosen export markets. Panda's leading products are innovative and drive the growth of the total licorice market. Panda has a wide and varied assortment of licorice products. They wish to be a preferred choice to the consumer and a trustworthy and professional business partner to trade with. Panda is a growing and profitable company that has professional, motivated and business-oriented, entrepreneurial personnel and is one of the most attractive employers in the Finnish food industry.
Persistence, Passion and Precision are the three core values that create the basis for Panda's operations. Panda seeks to achieve its vision with persistence, passion and precision in accordance with its mission.
In 1920, the first confectionery factory of SOK Co-op Enterprises began manufacturing sweets in the modest upstairs premises of a berry processing plant at Vaajakoski. The products were so popular and sold so well that during the second year from the opening of the factory the production began operating in two shifts. The first products were sweets wrapped in paper, sweets in tins, cough drops, and jellies. In the end of the 1920s, production facilities were transferred into a separate, brand new factory building in which the manufacturing of chocolate began. In 1927, Panda created its first licorice product.
In 1933, the manufacturing of soft licorice began under the supervision of our Executive Licorice Master Väinö Hildén, and in 1936 the first licorice drops appeared in the shops. World War II affected the production of sweets. By 1942, the plant was only manufacturing carrot flavoured jelly sweets as the imports of raw materials to Finland were disrupted.
The end of chocolate rationing after the war marked the beginning of a busy period for the factory. In 1952, Panda's graphic designer designed a chocolate bar wrapper featuring a Panda bear, for a chocolate bar called Panda Pop. This product later became the inspiration for re-naming the business then known as SOK Co-op Chocolate Factory. In 1961, the new name, Panda Chocolate Factory, was approved.
1963 was another significant year for Panda, as it is the year when Panda began exporting sweets. Panda's first exports of Licorice Roll were sent to the USA, for a purchaser called Paul Spitz in New York. By the end of the decade, a new production plant for chocolate manufacturing was completed and by 1974 it had already expanded its storage capacity.
In 1977, Panda All Natural licorice was launched in the US markets and in 1982 it was introduced to Great Britain. In 1986 Panda licorice rose to the market leader position in Finland for the first time. Panda left the umbrella of S-Group Co-op Enterprises and was privatised to become Oy Panda Ab in 1988. In the 1990s Panda began intense brand marketing and launched a new variation of Panda Pepe Original: Panda Pepe licorice bars with fillings. These bars were developed by their Executive Licorice Master Jorma Kaasinen.
Through an acquisition made in 2000, Panda became the largest Finnish-owned confectionery factory in Finland. A record was achieved in 2001 when over 3 million units of Panda's most popular praline, assorted chocolates, were sold. Panda launched a completely new kind of licorice product in 2003, the Panda Licorice Mix, that instantly became the best selling confectionery bag in Finland and Panda was accredited with the title "Supplier of the Year" by Kesko, one of the biggest FMCG wholesalers and distributors in Finland.
In 2005 FelixAbba Oy acquired Panda, and it became a fully-owned subsidiary of the Norwegian Orkla group. Panda launched another great novelty in 2008, the Panda Duello. It is a licorice piece covered in delicious milk chocolate that became an instant classic on the domestic licorice market. Also the most recent addition to Panda product family, Panda Smoothie Choco, launched in January 2009, got an excellent reception on the market and it is predicted to rise among the most popular Panda products before too long. Panda declared the first celebration in the world to honor licorice, the Love Licorice Day, in the United Kingdom on 16th of April in 2009. This day will become an annual tradition to celebrate licorice.
"For Panda corporate responsibility means safe products of the highest quality, minimising the usage of raw materials and waste creation, transparency of operations in relation to our stakeholders and fair treatment of employees. We intend to create a more systematic approach to corporate responsibility for Panda. In developing our operations from the viewpoint of corporate responsibility, we will focus on natural and ethical products, environment and the well-being of the work community"
- Kari Harila, CEO Oy Panda Ab
Panda operates responsibly conforming to the obligations set by laws and regulations while maintaining the standards towards its stakeholders even higher than the statutory requirements.
Environmental responsibilities of Panda are mainly determined through various regulations concerning the accountability on the effects of raw-materials, energy, water, emissions and waste on the environment. These effects are measured for instance by comparing the proportion of the relative amount of recycled materials to the amount of all materials.
At Panda, social responsibility can be expressed in terms of consideration for the well-being of its personnel. Panda offers various benefits and awards that support maintaining the overall well-being of the employees. According to a well-being survey (2006) almost 90% of the employees agreed that Panda fulfills its social responsibilities as a company. As an example the work place safety at Panda can be indicated by the decreasing amount of incidents, which is monitored on a monthly level and by cumulative statistics.
Economic responsibility encompasses mainly maintaining the competitiveness and profitability of the company. Panda's operations are profitable which means that it covers its expenses, profit sharing and annuities. In addition Panda has good financial performance and a healthy financial structure. Financial success is also monitored by the board of directors.
As a fully owned subsidiary of a listed ORKLA company, Panda is liable to answer for the expected returns of its shareholders. The company must be profitable which means that it has to be fully invested in the efficiency of its internal operations and thus observe the working conditions of its employees. Panda is able to maintain its social and environmental responsibilities through adequate financial performance.
Panda purchases the cocoa products used in chocolate manufacturing from European suppliers. Panda takes part in improving the living conditions of cocoa farmers as a member in the international World Cocoa Foundation trade organization. The World Cocoa Foundation supports cocoa farmers and their families worldwide. The World Cocoa Foundation programs raise farmer incomes, encourage responsible, sustainable cocoa farming and strengthen communities. The World Cocoa Foundation also works actively against child labor in cocoa farms.