How sweet it is: Enstrom president inducted into candy hall of fame

Doug Simons

Doug Simons, president of Enstrom Candies in Grand Junction, was among the latest inductees into the National Confectionary Sales Association Candy Hall of Fame.

Simons was among 10 inductees in the class of 2021 honored during a black-tie event in Tampa.

Considered one of the highest honors bestowed in the confectionery industry, induction into the Candy Hall of Fame honors individuals who’ve dedicated their careers to the betterment of the industry. Inductees exhibit service over and above their personal careers that results in contributions advancing the industry. Inductees give back through participation in trade associations, educational outreach, mentoring and community involvement.

Founded in 1899, the National Confectionary Sales Association represents all aspects of the industry — manufacturers as well as brokers, distributors, retailers and suppliers.

Simons and his wife, Jamee, joined Enstrom Candies in 1979, the third generation of the family to be involved in the company founded by Jamee’s grandparents, Chet and Vernie Enstrom. Doug and Jamee Simons purchased the company in 1993. Their sons, Doug Jr. and Jim, since have joined the operation.

Doug Simons long has been active in the confectionery industry. He served on the board of Retail Confectioners International from 1991 and 2000, including a stint as president from 1999 to 2000. He hosted the association’s Western Regional Conference in Grand Junction in 1998.

He’s also served several terms as a National Confectioners Association director and was chairman of the 2010 Western Candy Conference in Hawaii.