Candy VP Gets Sweetheart Deal

In the last few of the 20-odd years Jackie Hague spent at candy company Mars, she was the seasonal business director. It was an experience that came in handy when, in 2008, she jumped ship to become vp, marketing of the New England Confectionary Co. In business since 1847, NEC is the oldest multiline confectioner in the U.S. NEC makes Mary Janes, the Clark bar and Necco wafers — but it’s best known for its crunchy, heart-shaped Sweethearts, the candies that come in a variety of pastel colors and carry sentimental sayings such as “Be Mine,” etc.