Raleigh Woman Revives NC Company That Made Peach Buds

Some people probably thought Dena Manning was out of her mind.

Almost two years ago, she bought a Nashville, N.C., candy company in foreclosure.

Manning, 52, of Raleigh, had no business experience, let alone any in the food industry. She had spent her adulthood as a stay-at-home mom, raising two sons and a daughter, stitching school uniforms, coaching her sons’ baseball team and teaching youth religion classes at St. Francis of Assisi Church in North Raleigh.

But Manning had known the candy company’s previous owners and loved the product an old fashioned hard candy with a coconut stripe down the center. Manning was certain that bringing back this confection, which had been off the market since 2009, was too valuable an opportunity to pass up.

“I knew the product was so good,” she explained. “I knew it had a following.”

Manning was right. Local retailers are delighted to see Butterfields candy return to their shelves.

Elizabeth Mills has owned Gingham Posh, a North Raleigh gift basket company since 2006. Butterfields’ top selling Peach Buds candy were a staple in her gift baskets featuring North Carolina products. (“It tastes like you’re eating a peach,” Mills said.) She was disappointed when she called to place an order about four years ago and found the phone number disconnected. Then, last year, someone wandered into her store off Glenwood Avenue with Butterfields samples and brochures.

Read the entire December 2013 News and Observer article here

7 thoughts on “Raleigh Woman Revives NC Company That Made Peach Buds

  1. This is the best news I have heard in a long time. This is the best candy ever and I had really missed seeing it in stores. I did not know that it was no longer being sold due to the company being in foreclosure. What wonderful news to start 2018 with and I look forward to being able to buy it soon. Thanks Mrs. Manning for believing in this company and bringing back something that is made in North Carolina and we can be so proud of from our state. You will be blessed!!

  2. Love these ! Thrilled to see them back again. ( peach buds)My 94 yr old mother in law loves them. I used to buy them at a weekly flea market in Lexington NC. That were sold in tins. While on a run up to the Blueridge Parkway I stopped off at one of the “roadside market” places in Fancy Gap Va… Whoa ! Found some small pks at the checkout and was so shocked. I bought some for her and she was soooo thrilled. You have a store at the factory I believe I read somewhere? If so,I’m coming!

  3. Dena, I’m wondering if I can find Peach Buds locally (I’m in the northern suburbs of Chicago). Do you sell to retailers in my area?
    Thanks!

    Perrin Davis

    1. Hi Perrin! If there is a Tuesday Morning store in your area, you may find us there. Otherwise, we don’t have retailers in your area.

  4. Tasted these for the first time today and I am hooked! Reading the story about the company and Ms. Manning makes them even better. Good luck to you Ms. Manning – I hope you are successful!!

  5. Who carries them in Connecticut? I was a big peach bud fan in the past. Now I’m suffering the consequences of chemo and radiation, can’t eat fruit. But I’m craving the taste – and suddenly I thought, Peach Buds! But no one has them in central CT. I read the story about your having bought and re-started the company. I’m going to order some. But until they arrive, is there anyone who might carry them in central Connecticut (Greater Hartford area)?

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