Fudge Kitchen celebrates decade of key manufacturing facilities
A recent taste testing event at Fudge Kitchen. Pic: Fudge Kitchen
UK confectionery firm Fudge Kitchen has marked a decade of its advanced manufacturing facilities in Kent, which has enable considerable expansion of its product range, writes Neill Barston.
Confectionery Production has previously visited its core manufacturing location near Canterbury, and its expansion has been made possible through vital funding from a £35 million Regional Growth Fund.
As the business noted, when it opened its latest facility ten years ago, it created 10 new jobs in the area, and the team has now doubled currently standing at 21. Fudge Kitchen MD, Sian Holt, won a £110,000 interest-free loan from the Expansion East Kent scheme – using money from the £35m Regional Growth Fund – to enable the project to go ahead. The firm was identified as having high growth potential by BSK-CIC, the Rochester-based business support organisation, and given advice throughout the bidding process.
Fudge Kitchen initially began in the 1990s with fudge shops in Blackpool and Bath before expanding to another 4 historic UK cities. The confectioners set up the Aylesham production site to develop a new wholesaling arm of the business, allowing them to export and sell internationally.
The production site, located in the heart of the Kentish countryside, has been a hub of innovation and excellence in confectionery manufacturing since its inception. Over the past 10 years, the dedicated team at Fudge Kitchen has worked tirelessly to create a wide variety of sweet treats that have won them a long list of accolades and awards.
“We are delighted to celebrate this significant milestone in our company’s history,” said Ari Langham, Production Manager. “The success of our production site is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, who consistently strive to produce high-quality confectionery products that are distributed throughout Europe and beyond.”
With cutting-edge technology and a commitment to quality, Fudge Kitchen has been able to develop a diverse portfolio of confectionery offerings, including gourmet fudge pieces, chocolate enrobed honeycomb, decadent caramels, and more. The company’s confections are known for their exceptional taste, innovative flavours, and superior ingredients.
Over the past decade, Fudge Kitchen has not only established itself as a prominent player in the confectionery industry but has also actively contributed to the local community. The production site and the expansion of their shops created numerous job opportunities and has supported the regional economy through their commitment to sourcing locally whenever possible.
In addition to its economic impact, Fudge Kitchen has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability through various initiatives at the production site. The company has implemented energy-efficient technologies, waste reduction measures, and ethical sourcing practices, aiming to minimise its environmental footprint and contribute to a greener future.
Fudge Kitchen products are available on their own website, in their 6 shops up and down the UK and with hundreds of independent retailers. They also produce confectionery for some of the top luxury department stores and hotels in London.