You are probably wondering why the name “Cotton Candy”.

You can credit John Houlding, our President and Founder, for the name of the company. After having rowed in the Summer Games at Los Angeles (’84) and Seoul, Korea (’88), John set out to attend his third Olympics in Barcelona (’92), only to have an untimely training injury foil his bid. Staying with the sport he loved, John started a business designing t-shirts for rowers, which he then sold at regattas. The t-shirts of ‘cotton’ and the artwork that adorned them (the ‘candy’) gave John the idea for his new company name. He soon began to wonder if corporations might also have an interest in branded t-shirts. It was only a matter of time before John would add golf shirts, pens, mugs and other promotional items to the mix. The rest, as they say, is history. Thirty years later, we’re immensely proud of our memorable name and the bright, fun, colorful and creative corporate culture that it has come to represent.


About Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy is one of the premier providers of corporate branded merchandise in North America. We generate tangible marketing solutions for a client roster that covers virtually every business category and includes Fortune 1000 companies, multinational organizations and some of the most recognizable and respected brands on the continent.

Our Strengths

We are experts at helping you to create positive impressions of your brand with clients, prospective clients, colleagues, stakeholders and directors, friends and families, distinguished guests and the community at large. We do this by first working hard to gain an understanding of your objectives, and then by sourcing quality products from a trusted, compliant supplier base that has been twenty-five plus years in the making.

Core Values

No one takes more seriously than do we the responsibility for protecting your brand’s image and hard-earned reputation. To that end, we deal exclusively with suppliers who share our ideals when it comes to workplace ethics, safety, fairness, diversity and sustainability, and whose products are in full compliance with U.S. and Canadian safety standards. Further, we prioritize quality and reputation over pricing, and conduct every aspect of our business dealings with honesty, integrity and respect.

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We are a customer service-excellence driven organization that knows how to think differently. We always adhere to brand guidelines and can be trusted to protect your brand’s image. On your behalf, we operate as a team and, as a team, are prepared to do whatever it takes to keep our promises. We excel at providing fresh and effective product solutions for your brand image.

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