Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls adapts production lines surrounding coronavirus

Premium British sweet brand Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls has shifted production to its Throat And Chest and Herbal Cough lozenges, amid the rise of coronavirus cases in the UK.

The Wigan-based manufacturer, John Winnard, which produces Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, stressed it was not attempting to offer treatment to tackle the rising health pandemic. However, it has stepped up its online sales after a spike in demand, offering a delivery service as more and more people self-isolate at home, as instructed by the UK government this week.

As a  privately-owned traditional sweet company established in 1898, the company’s throat and chest lozenges contain ingredients including menthol, eucalyptus, while its herbal cough sweets contain a blend of ten different herbs which includes horehound.

John Winnard, Joint Managing Director of Uncle Joe’s, said: ““Although people can still buy Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls in the normal way, in the light of the current situation with coronavirus and the number of enquiries we have been receiving we have decided to dedicate more production to our Throat And Chest and Herbal Cough lozenges.

“It is important to point out that we are not claiming the sweets can tackle the COVID-19 virus but we hope they can sooth some of the symptoms or our online service can allow people to enjoy some sweets delivered to their door.”

The ownership of William Santus and Co Ltd has been passed down through the family generations. The Mint Balls are still manufactured using the same traditional methods as when Mrs Santus originally made the sweets in her kitchen in 1898.

In April last year HRH Prince Charles enjoyed a tour of the Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls factory in Wigan to celebrate the centenary of The Toffee Works.

He saw how the sweets were manufactured and met Joint Managing Directors Antony Winnard and John Winnard MBE, the great, great nephews of the company’s founder, William Santus.

The completely natural “secret recipe” has been passed down through the family generations. Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls contain no artificial additives or colours, they are GM free, gluten free and are suitable for the vegetarian/vegan market.

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