JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott highlighted 75 new jobs at Sweet Pete’s following the small business’s expansion last year in Jacksonville. In total, Sweet Pete’s employs nearly 100 Floridians. Sweet Pete’s operates one of the largest candy-making facilities in the nation and sells over a thousand different types of candy and chocolates.
Governor Scott said, “Sweet Pete’s is a great addition to the Jacksonville community. It is exciting to highlight their growth in Florida and across the nation with 75 new jobs just this year. We want small businesses like Sweet Pete’s, who would directly benefit from our proposal to eliminate the income tax on manufacturers and retailers as well as the commercial lease tax cut, to keep expanding throughout our state.”
Peter Behringer, Founder and Owner of Sweet Pete’s, said, “Sweet Pete’s has experienced so much success in the past year and we look forward to our business continuing to grow in Florida and in other states. Our goal at Sweet Pete’s is that people leave with not only great candy and chocolates, but a memorable experience. This is only possible because of our great Sweet Pete’s team. We are excited to see what the next year will bring and thankful that Governor Scott recognizes our hard work and creation of more jobs for families in our state.”
Sweet Pete’s was the childhood dream of Peter Behringer after his mom opened a famous family chocolate business, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, when he was 11 years old. After finishing college, Behringer decided to follow in his family’s footsteps in the candy-making business and opened Sweet Pete’s candy shop in Jacksonville in 2010. Their handmade candies were such a hit in the community that Sweet Pete’s was featured on the CNBC show The Profit last year. After their TV success, Sweet Pete’s expanded their Jacksonville location and bought a 23,000 square feet building to keep growing.
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