Arway Confections opened its doors in 1950 with a concept of offering higher quality products than what was then available in the marketplace. The first product the company produced was Chocolate Pecan Caramel Patties. Sears Roebuck and Co., who at the time was the largest retailer in the United States, became Arways first customer. Arway worked closely with Sears to develop quality standards for the candy industry which are still in effect today, and in the process earned four Symbol of Excellence Awards for superior quality and dependable service. More important than the awards, however, was the fact that Sears became a long term and loyal customer for the next four decades.