Tootsie Roll Industries Annual Report Project

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Tootsie Roll
Industries, Inc.

Annual Report 2009

Corporate Profile
Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. has been engaged in the manufacture and sale of confectionery products for 113 years. Our products are primarily sold under the familiar brand names: Tootsie Roll, Tootsie Roll Pops, Caramel Apple Pops, Child’s Play, Charms, Blow Pop, Blue Razz, Cella’s chocolate covered cherries, Tootsie Dots, Tootsie Crows, Junior Mints, Junior Caramels, Charleston Chew, Sugar Daddy, Sugar Babies, Andes, Fluffy Stuff cotton candy, Dubble Bubble, Razzles, Cry Baby, Nik-L-Nip and EI Bubble.

Ellen R. Gordon, President and Chief Operating Officer and Melvin J. Gordon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Corporate Principles
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Retailers are highly selective as to the products they carry and consumers have many choices in the candy isle. We find that emphasizing high sell-through and attractive profit margins to the trade and high quality at an attractive value to the consumer is a winning strategy. Our diverse and highly recognizable brand portfolio remains popular across all trade channels. We have a range of offerings suitable for virtually every major consumer group. Our product line undergoes continual refinement in order to retain its appeal to ever-evolving preferences and life styles. The candy marketplace is highly competitive and we are vigilant in keeping our products contemporary even as they remain iconic. Halloween has long been our largest selling period with third quarter sales nearly double those of any other quarter in the year. We posted strong results in all major trade classes including grocery, mass merchandisers, warehouse clubs, dollar stores and drug chains. Especially popular at Halloween are our large bags of Child’s Play and other mixed candy assortments, which are offered in a variety of merchandising presentations. Our bagged goods have traditionally been limited to “lay down” format that is commonly found on retailer’s shelves. In addition to “lay down” bags, in 2009 we introduced a number of packs in a “vertical” format. These gusseted bags really

Financial Highlights
December 31, 2009 2008
(in thousands except
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