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Established in 1948, Zeno's Boardwalk Sweet Shop is now in its third generation of family ownership, management, and operations. Third-generation owner, John Zeno Louizes followed in the footsteps of his father, Zeno, and his great-uncle, Thomas Nougaras, and took over the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based company in 2003.
Since taking over in 2003, John has transformed the family business from a local icon in Daytona Beach to the world's largest manufacturer of taffy. He has recently scaled candy production by 1,000% with dedicated manufacturing facilities, as well as expanded global distribution and established new retail channels.
Join us to learn about the focused journey of this extraordinary entrepreneur. Hear his vision for making the best candy in the world and having a lot of fun in doing so right here in our community! You'll network with innovators, influencers and professionals from our community. Enjoy exquisite appetizers crafted by La's Bistro. Be inspired by John's family story and participate in an interactive Q&A. This will be a truly exceptional atmosphere with friends, both old and new.
The event is free to attend but requires advance registration. Only 100 seats will be available, so reserve your seat as soon as possible.
Zeno's Boardwalk Sweet Shop
John Zeno Louizes is a 3rd generation candy maker and head honcho of Zenos Boardwalk Sweetshop. He took over the family business in2003 and transformed it from a local icon in Daytona Beach to the world's largest manufacturer of taffy.
John Zeno Louizes is a 3rd generation candy maker and head honcho of Zenos Boardwalk Sweetshop. He took over the family business in2003 and transformed it from a local icon in Daytona Beach to the world's largest manufacturer of taffy. His accomplishments include:
-Created and still offer more than 100 flavors of the World's Most Famous Taffy™. No other manufacturer makes more.
-Increased yearly Saltwater Taffy production by more than 1,000% since taking over in 2003.
-Introduced the production of our very own Homemade Ice Cream with more than 60 flavors in 2004.
-Started the wholesale and distribution of our products to other retailers in 2007.
-Opened a second retail location to the Madeira Beach area in 2010.
-Purchased a separate manufacturing facility dedicated to the manufacturing and distribution of our products to fellow retailers all over the United States in 2011
John earned a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Florida. He is an active Board Member for the Volusia Manufacturer Association.
Zeno's earned the distinction of Volusia Manufacturer of the Year in 2018 for their outstanding accomplishments.