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Just Born Quality Confections Announces David Shaffer and Gardner “Chip” Jett as Co-CEOs

Bethlehem, PA. – September 16, 2022 – Today, Just Born, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors unanimously elected to the position of Co-Chief Executive Officer, David N. Shaffer and Gardner “Chip” M. Jett, Jr. (David’s son-in-law), effective immediately. This decision ensures that next year, the company will celebrate its 100th anniversary under family ownership and leadership that will endure into the next century.  As David and Ross Born did for over 40 years, David and Chip will work together with David Yale, President & COO, to ensure the company continues to be a positive force in the industry and for all stakeholders. David’s daughter, Samantha Jett, will assume the role of Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, working to develop initiatives that will keep family values at the heart of the business for generations to come.

About Just Born Quality Confections:

Just Born Quality Confections is a third-generation family-owned candy manufacturer with its purpose to bring sweetness to people’s lives.  Just Born is the maker of some of America’s most beloved and iconic brands – PEEPS®, MIKE AND IKE®, HOT TAMALES® and GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS®. In 1923, the founder, Sam Born, opened a small candy shop in Brooklyn, New York, where he marketed the freshness of his daily-made candy with a sign that declared, “Just Born.” Together with Born’s brothers-in-law, Irv and Jack Shaffer, the company thrived and, in 1932, moved its operations to Bethlehem, PA where it has grown to become one of the largest candy companies in the US by giving back to the community, being good environmental stewards and creating a culture where people want to work.

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