Alina Morse is the CEO of ZolliCandy, which she started as a 9-year-old with her dad, Tom Morse. Her candy doesn’t include many of the top allergens and it’s sugar free – an idea she came up with after being guilt-tripped by her father during a trip to the bank.
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Alina Morse just turned 15, and her quarantined birthday was exciting but bittersweet. While the high school freshman is home from school and away from her friends, the candy company she founded has seen business boom during the pandemic.
Alina Morse previews her talk at the 8th Annual Architects of Change Live Conversation! at Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP), the oldest all-girls’ high school in San Diego.
A charitable effort that sprung from Zolli Candy is the Million Smiles Initiative, which commits 10% of the profits and One Million Zollipops to support oral health education in schools and qualified organizations.
Zollipop is the third best-selling lollipop on Amazon, outselling classic brands like Dum Dums, Charms Blow Pops, and Tootsie Pops. They are sold in roughly 25,000 major retailers in America, including Whole Foods, Walgreens, Walmart, and Kroger.
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Zolli Candy, a Michigan-based company, sells its products in major retailers such as Amazon, Kroger, Target, Walmart, Whole Foods, and Walgreens. It booked $2.2 million in 2018 sales.