Whitakers Chocolates prepares to fly the flag for British confectionery at Sweets and Snacks Expo

UK confectionery group Whitakers Chocolates is preparing to exhibit at this year’s Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago, showcasing its series of high quality chocolate patties, as it prepares to expand its operations in the US, reports Neill Barston.

The company, which has a heritage dating back to 1889, has made notable recent investments in its production capabilities from its base in Skipton, Yorkshire, which the business explained to Confectionery Production at this year’s ISM, will notably assist in its future development.

With more than a century in the industry, the company has gained a strong reputation for its own-brand and private label manufacturing of dark fondant creams, including vegan-friendly options, which have focused on fine and natural ingredients.

As the business noted, its equipment investment has included the installation of a new carton erector and high-speed flow wrapper to boost its operations. Currently, the company is exploring the incorporation of robotics into a major production line to further enhance factory efficiency. This inventive approach has strengthened their global presence, with remarkable success in exporting their delicious British chocolates to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Speaking on the company’s prospects for the US at Sweets and Snacks (which is between 22-25 May at McCormick Place, Chicago), William Whitaker,  managing director of the company, explained that the firm was enjoying a buoyant period of growth, with its investments enabling the scaling up of its manufacturing for overseas markets. He said:  “We’re eager to bring our fine British chocolates across the pond and introduce the US market to the exceptional taste they’ve been missing.”

The family-owned and operated business boasts a wealth of chocolate-making expertise, having refined their cherished recipes over the years to consistently produce high-quality chocolates, with the team noting that is highly anticipating its visit to the US as part of a British contingent of businesses exhibiting at the show.

Visitors to the Sweets and Snacks Expo 2023 can find Whitakers Chocolates at booth 20217, where they will be greeted by William and Gemma Whitaker. The duo are excited to share chocolate samples and explore potential collaborations, whether through their branded products or white-label offerings.



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