John’s older brother, Doug Loynds, became factory manager of The Ashton Candy Company under the watchful eye of his father, Eddie. It was here both Doug and John learned the skills needed to start their own respective companies.


In the late 1960s Waller and Hartley was sold to Barker & Dobson and the rock department was closed. Eddie and Mossie seized this opportunity and took over most of the lettered rock customers. There was no looking back for the two entrepreneurs—it was literally a sweet success!