Is your British chocolate really made in Britain?
Are your British sweets really British?
Is your British confectionery actually made in Britain?
Possibly not. Cadbury now make chocolate for the British market in Poland as well as manufacturing in the UK. Terry’s Chocolate Orange is also made in Poland. Terry’s no longer make anything in York and all manufacturing is in Poland, Sweden, Belgium or Slovakia. Both companies (Terry’s of York and Cadbury) are now owned by Kraft, an American company. Nestle, a Swiss company, now own Rowntree Mackintosh of York and make their Smarties and some other products abroad now. Both Cadbury and Rowntree still have factories in the UK but I wonder for how much longer? Some supermarket own brand chocolate bars are now made abroad too, for example some Tesco chocolate is now made abroad.
Some of the ingredients like cacao have to come from abroad of course (and companies should have an ethical sourcing policy) , but manufacturing should take place in Britain. If products are made in the UK their environmental impact is less because there is no trans-continental transport involved and British chocolate can only be truly British if it is made in Britain.
Britain is famous for having its supermarkets filled with shelf after shelf of chocolate but how much of this chocolate is still British? More and more chocolate makers are moving their production abroad, so please check that the chocolate you are buying is actually made in the UK.
The trouble is that the big companies (not the supermarkets generally though) often do not say on their chocolate bars where they are made – they just say Nestle York or Kraft Birmingham on the back. The big companies are quite content to deceive their customers. Some Cadbury products now say made under licence from Cadbury UK – it is not clear what that means.
Cadbury and Mars were willing to tell me which of their chocolate products are made in the UK; Nestle on the other hand said they did not keep a list of which of their products are made in the UK!
Mars, another American company, are clearly stating on the back of their Mars Bars – made in Slough – good for them. It would be even better if they gave country of origin on all their products.
Please try to make sure that what you are buying is actually BRITISH MADE CHOCOLATE and SWEETS.
Also, please BUY BRITISH MADE EASTER EGGS AT EASTER TIME.
Remember that many confectionery companies have now shifted some or all production abroad but they are not telling you the consumer this.
Why not ask companies like Cadbury, Mars and Nestle about exactly where specific products are made. It might encourage them to label clearly!
British Family discuss changes to Cadbury’s Cream Eggs (Creme Eggs), how soon after the deal was struck for Kraft to buy Cadbury’s much of the production was moved to Eastern Europe making 400 people redundant despite promises at the time to save British jobs, and more widely the potential perils of foreign ownership of once British firms.
THE LIST – which chocolates and sweets are British?
I will update this list as and when I find out where various confectionary is made. Some large companies manufacture in more than one country and this list is primarily about confectionary on sale in the UK. Can you help add to this list?
British Owned and British Made
William Santus & Co Ltd (Uncle Joe’s) of Wigan near Manchester do not specifically say their products are made in England and their products are not labelled as made in England (or at least not the Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls I have seen). They do say on their website “Chocolates and toffees come and go in fads, but the perennial appeal of “Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls” lives on and after all these years the factory remains. The same sweets are produced in the same, careful manner; over gas fires and hand-made” which suggests to me that their factory might still be in Wigan and that at least some of their products might still be made in England. They sell products like mints, sugar free mints, extra strong mints, Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, lozenges, jars of sweets, and presumably toffees (as their address is The Toffee Works, Wigan), as well as Gin and t-shirts, watches, keyring and other gifts (which are I guess all foreign made). The company was founded in 1898 and Incorporated on 16 April 1937. They had a shop in Wigan called Uncle joe’s Emporium but that closed down in around 2012. I hope their sweets are still made in the UK, but check before buying – https://uncle-joes.com
Bramble Foods is a fine food distributor specialising in the independent retail and gift market. They say on their website that they manufacture their “own preserves, marmalades, chutneys, condiments and sauces” in Leicestershire and that “Most of our confectionery is made in the UK.” In garden centres and independent retailers – http://www.bramblefoods.com
Candy Swirls say on their website that they are “the UK’s leading handmade lollipop confectionery manufacturer and distributor supplying both the trade and retail…” and their products are available their website for retail customers. They also say “With manufacture based here in the United Kingdom we use only the best ingredients and flavours available…” and “you’ve stumbled on the UK’s best-kept candy secret. In the heart of Blackpool, our candy factory is busily producing our trademark sweet treats: swirl lollipops, rhubarb and custard, dummies, swirly lollies, lollipops, giant lollipops, bubblegum flavoured lollipops, flat and round lollipops and so much more”. They also produce white-label branded sweets – http://www.candyswirls.co.uk
Coronation Candy, established in 1927, make rock, candy canes, humbugs, boiled sweets, logo embossed lollipops, etc. Bespoke and trade only. Members of the public can visit their factory in Blackpool. They make Blackpool Rock with the words “Blackpool Rock” through the centre. The company rebranded as Coronation Candy on February 1st 2017; previously they were called Coronation Rock. There’s a short history of seaside rock on on their website and it appears to have its origins in fairground rock first sold at UK fairgrounds in the 19th century. Their products all appear to be made in the UK and the front page of their website carries a Union Flag logo and the words “Made in UK” – http://coronationcandy.com
Right Angle Marketing (York) (RAM) are suppliers of biscuits and confectionary, primarily supplying tinned biscuits for discount retailers. Their Highland Speciality Shortbread range is made in Scotland for them by Campbells (see below) and their Johnstones Scotland Caramel Slices and Rocky Road are also made in Scotland. I think their other products are foreign made – http://www.right-angle-sales.co.uk
Campbells Shortbread of Callander in Perthshire is Scotlands oldest bakery founded 1830. Campbells fail to give any information about county of origin on their website but do appear to still manufacture in Scotland. Trade only, they also manufacture for others such as Right Angle Marketing (see above) – http://www.campbellsshortbread.co.uk
Creighton’s Chocolaterie chocolates appear to be made in the UK in Leighton Buzzard. The chocolate they use is Belgium though. On their website they say “Our small team design, make and pack everything in-house” and their twitter tagline says “Handmade British chocolates with a sense of fun and originality, made and owned by a mother & daughter team in Bedfordshire” – https://www.wearecreightons.com
Farrah’s Confectionary (Farrah’s of Harrogate Ltd), established in 1847, specialise in creating own label products for the gift sector, making confectionary, preserves, biscuits, etc. Trade only but their products are widely available to consumers and they also have their own shop in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Farrah’s Toffee is perhaps their most famous product and “enjoys a worldwide reputation and is still produced in Harrogate, North Yorkshire”. They do not say on their website where their other products are produced but I get the impression they are also made in their Harrogate factory; certainly the fudge tins below are made in England – http://www.farrahs.com
Candyco manufacture hard boiled sweets in both sugar and sugar free, Edinburgh rock and a range of creams, tablet and macaroon at their factory in Irvine, Scotland. They sell their own Monarch Confectionery brand or make sweets branded for other retailers. They also sell bon bons, fudges,toffees and jelly products produced for them by other manufacturers and I do not know if those products are made in the UK. Wholesale only and you’ll need to ask if a product is made in the UK or not. They have a factory shop in Irvine. The heading on their website says “Monarch Confectionery Handmade in Scotland” – http://www.monarchconfectionery.co.uk
Arthouse Meath is a UK social enterprise creating artworks and products, with images on their products being created by adults living with severe epilepsy and learning difficulties. They have a shop in Godalming. Products are available from their website and from Unique and Unity. Among their products are a few British made ones including chocolate bars, candles and soap – http://www.arthousemeath.com
Gwynedd Confectioners is the largest independent chocolate manufacturer in Wales, specialising in gift chocolate. Trade only. There chocolate all appears to be made in the UK although you should check as no country of origin information is given on their website – http://gwyneddconfectioners.com
County Confectionery are makers of Private Label chocolates, fudge & confectionery for leading brands in UK, Europe & worldwide, in St Ives, Cornwall, UK. As far as I know they only make in the UK and they may be British owned. Their website does not seem to work unfortunately (as of 13/3/16). They are on twitter though – www.countys.co.uk
Moo Free was founded at the end of 2010. All of Moo Free chocolates are dairy free, lactose free, casein free, gluten free, wheat free, soya free, and are both vegetarian and vegan friendly. Their products are made with rice milk instead of cow’s milk. On their website they say “All of our chocolates are made in our UK factories” – the use of the word ‘our’ suggests they have their own factories, but that may not be the case. Products include Easter Eggs, chocolate bars (small and large), chocolate advent calendars, chocolate santos and selection boxes – http://www.moofreechocolates.com
Kimberleys of Rangemore – “Since 1983, Kimberleys have been producing the finest of English chocolates, all handmade in their factory in Rangemore. Kimberleys ethos, which still remains today, is that they only use the highest quality, freshest ingredients, sourced in England, to create exquisite chocolates and truffles” – this is according to a company called Taos Gifts. On the Sarunds website it says “Kimberleys ethos, which still remains today, is that they only use the highest quality, freshest ingredients, sourced in England, to create exquisite chocolates and truffles. They produce English classics such as Rose and Violet fondant creams, some amazing crème fraiche and mousse chocolates right through to some mouth watering, typically English, truffles with fillings such as gin and damson, peaches & cream, and even champagne & strawberry, to name but a few!” The company’s products appear to be exclusively available from House of Sarunds, a wholesaler specialising in importing chocolate, especially from Belgium, and can be found for sale for example on Amazon. They don’t seem to have a website and I am unsure if their are owned by Sarunds or just distributed by them.
Thorne’s Confectionary sugar free sweets are labeled as made in Great Britain on the packets. I saw these sweets in a shop in a hospital in Bedford during January 2016. I can’t find a website for this company but their sweets are available from retailers and online. The company appear to be based in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire.
Stockley’s Sweets have a factory in Blackburn. Among the many sweets they make is Coltsfoot Rock. Other suppliers sell them as own label, but Stockley’s Sweets is the only manufacturer of Coltsfoot Rock in the world. Stockley’s are manufacturers of boiled sweets like pear drops and barley sugars, toffees, chews, fudges and honeycombe sweets in both traditional and sugar free ranges, own brand and branded for others. You can find their sweets in shops or via their website or elsewhere online. Ade Edmondson visited their factory in the video below in around 2013. I assume all their sweets are made in their Blackburn factory but do check before buying – http://www.stockleys-sweets.co.uk
Churchill’s Confectionery Ltd, as far as I can gather, make all their beautifully embossed tins containing sweets, chocolates or biscuits, in the UK. However, this is not absolutely clear from their website. On the tins that I have seen it says “Made in the United Kingdom” or “designed and made in the UK”, which I assume to mean both the tins and the confectionery inside are made in the UK. When I asked them (4/11/14) they said “all the confectionery is made in the UK and packed within our facility in Hertfordshire” and that the tins are “manufactured under agreement by various factories”. The fact that did not specify where these factories are suggests that the tins themselves may be foreign made. I asked for clarification about where the tins are made and that have not got back to me, so disappoiningly it does appear the tins themselves are foreign made – http://www.churchills-confectionery.co.uk
Stewart’s Tins (pretty embossed tins containing fudge or shortbread biscuits) are made in Scotland. Available in department stores. I got a tin in Boswells Oxford. Stewart’s Tins are part of the Muircroft Group. I assume both the tins and the content are made in the UK, but it would be worth checking. When I asked (in November 2014) them they were able to confirm that “all the confectionery is made in the UK and packed within our facility in Hertfordshire” but they said their tins were made in various factories and did not state if these factories were all (if indeed any of them) in the UK. – http://www.stewartstins.com
Anything from House of Dorchester – www.hodchoc.com – boxed chocolates, chocolate bars, and so on. Gorgeous chocolate! Available online and in stores.
Almost anything from John Bull Confectioners – Most of their sweets are made in their Bridlington factory – rock, lollies, seaside sweets, biscuits, sweets, fudge and so on. Established in 1911, members of the public can visit their factory near Bridlington. Products are available from their website and at their various retail locations and they do wholesale and private label – http://www.john-bull.com
Lees Foods (Lees confectionery bars, teacakes, snowballs, etc; the Carousel Wafer Company; Waverley Bakery ice cream cones and wafers), are as far as I know all made in Scotland, UK, for example their Lee’s Scottish Fudge 60g bar is made in Scotland – http://leesfoods.co.uk
Anything from Swizzels Matlow – http://www.swizzels-matlow.com – I think all their sweets are made in their factory in Derbyshire, England. Love Hearts, Drumsticks, Refreshers, Fizzers, Rainbow Drops, Parma Violets and so on. Available in larger quantities online or individually in stores.
Walkers butter shortbread biscuits are made in Scotland. Their logo contains the words “Product of Scotland”. Walkers Shortbread are featured in Heathrow’s Christmas TV advert for 2017. – http://www.walkersshortbread.com/uk/
Anything from Tangerine Confectionery Ltd. Barratt Dip Dab, Barratt Sherbert Fountain, Butterkist Popcorn, Trebor Basset Mints, Liquorice Allsorts, Mojos chews, Taveners fruit drops, Wilkinson’s Mint Imperials, Wilkinson’s Pontefract Cakes, Refreshers, Traveners, Henrty Goode’s, etc. I think some of their brands such as Anthon Berg might be made abroad so do check before buying. Wholesale. Available in stores. Tangerine Confectionery also owns Monkhill Confectionery and hence Craven’s of York (purchased from Cadbury in 2008), the UK confectionery division of Toms of Denmark, and the confectionery division of Burtons Foods. They have “a total of five factories in the UK. Trebor Bassett were part of Cadbury and they closed down the Trebor factory in Chesterfield in 2005. Aalso see below Trebor Bassett multi-vitamins which are made by Ernest Jackson/Kraft/Mondelez. Tangerine Confectionery provide branded and own label products. Tangerine sold Butterkist in 2017. Butterkist popcorn was made in the Tangerine Pontefract factory. Butterkist is now owned by KP Snacks, who are themselves now German owned by the Intersnack Group. As part of the sale Butterkist’s manufacturing site in West Yorkshire will transfer to KP along with nearly 150 employees – http://www.tangerineuk.net – http://www.butterkist.co.uk
KP Snacks still make at least some of their products in the UK. For example Butterkist popcorn (purchased from Tangerine – see above- in 2017). Butterkist popcorn was made in the Tangerine Pontefract factory. As part of the sale Butterkist’s manufacturing site in West Yorkshire will transfer to KP along with nearly 150 employees. Also, KP Choc Dips which are labelled “Made in the UK under licence from Meiji Co., Ltd. Japan”. KP Snacks, are now German owned by the Intersnack Group. KP have 6 factories in the UK – http://www.kpsnacks.com
Anything from Rumseys – http://www.rumseys.co.uk/ – chocolate (and two coffee shops). I think all their chocolates are made in Thame, England.
Feather’s chocolates and chocolate bars are hand-made in North Yorkshire. Whilst the chocolate is imported from Belgium and other ingredients such as chillies from India, the cream and butter used is produced locally to Helmsley where the chocolates are made. Available at the market in York and at Ryeburn of Helmsley cafe (where they also make ice cream, using Italian flavours).
Anything from British Butler – http://www.BritishButler.co.uk – made in Bristol, England (the same city where Kraft have recently closed a Cadbury factory) – Lash Wafer Bars and Snapper Biscuit Bars.
Anything from Montezuma’s – http://www.montezumas.co.uk – they manufacture all their own products at their factory in West Sussex, England – Easter Eggs, drinking chocolate, chocolate sweets, chocolate bars, boxed truffles, gift chocolate, etc.
Anything from Charbonnel et Walker – http://www.charbonnel.co.uk – Founded in 1875, all their chocolates are made in the UK – boxed chocolates, chocolate truffles, sugar confectionery, after dinner chocolates, drinking chocolate, chocolate bars, gift chocolate, Easter Eggs, etc. They have a shop in the Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street, London and their factory is in Tunbridge Wells.
10 British chocolate and sweet makers are listed in this excellent article on the Best of British website – http://www.thebestof-british.co.uk/chocolatiers-c501.html
Anything from Thorntons – http://www.thorntons.co.uk/ – In answer to my question about whether all of their products are made in the UK they responded “All of our products are made in Derbyshire, UK”. Good to hear that all Thorntons chocolate is made in Britain. Boxed chocolates, Easter Eggs, chocolate bars, toffee, fudge, chocolate models, sweets and so on. Available in their shops and in other stores.
Anything from Tunnock’s – http://www.tunnock.co.uk/ – Tea Cakes, Wafers, etc. Made in Scotland.
Anything from Quiggins – http://www.quiggins.co.uk – Kendal Mint Cake, Rum & Brandy Butters, Truffles & Marzipan, Fudges, Chocolate Creams, Herbal Punches, etc. Wholesale.
Anythings from Creative Confectionery [J E Wilson and Sons (Kendal)] – http://www.funchocs.com. Wilsons – Kendal Mint Cake, fudge, toffee, gift products, Beatrix Potter gift foods – http://www.wilsonsofkendal.co.uk. Duncans – Chocolate Bars and traditional Chocolates. Creative Confectionery – Gift Confectionery. Wholesale.
Anything from Romney’s – http://www.kendal.mintcake.co.uk – George Romney Limited are manufacturers of Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake, Wipers Kendal Mintcake, Hand Made Fudge, Romneys Sugar Free Sweets and also make Bespoke Wedding mint cake and fudge. Romneys are also a Confectionery Wholesaler for some other foreign made brands and these are not made in the UK. Wholesale.
The National Trust Shops also sell some British made Kendal Mint Cake. You may also find a few more British made items in National Trust shops, including cushions, oven gloves, greetings cards, diaries, calendars, and foodstuffs – http://shop.nationaltrust.org.uk
Fisherman’s Friends – http://www.fishermansfriend.com – made in Fleetwood, Lancashire, England. Wholesale but widely available.
Anything from Audrey’s Chocolates – http://www.audreyschocolates.co.uk – all made in England. Boxed chocolates (including select your own), chocolate bars and gift chocolate and Easter Eggs. Audrey’s Chocolates also make the Easter Eggs for Fortnum and Mason.
Some chocolate from “Hotel Chocolate” is made in the UK, but not all of it. Unless the chocolate from Hotel Chocolate says “country of origin UK” on it then I suspect it is made abroad. Much of their chocolate though is made in the Uk and shows the country of origin as the UK on the packaging – http://www.hotelchocolat.com
Demarquette – hand-made chocolate – boxed and bagged chocolates, chocolate bars, truffles, soya chocolates, chocolate coated nuts and fruit drinking chocolate, etc. – developed and produced in Britain in North Kensington, London. Commitments on sourcing as many ingredients as possible from local producers and the provenance of ingredients – http://www.demarquette.com
Beech’s Fine Chocolates – Boxed chocolates, chocolate bars, chocolate mints, chocolate gingers, chocolate brazils, chocolate creams, vegetarian and vegan chocolates, bagged chocolate buttons, bagged chocolate footballs, gemstones, mini eggs, etc – manufactured in Preston, Lancashire since 1920, where they have their own factory. Beech’s make chocolates under their own brand, Beech’s, and for selected other “own label” brands. Available from their website and from retailers – http://www.beechsfinechocolates.com
Whitakers Chocolates – made in Skipton, North Yorkshire – wholesale retail & catering markets and online – Branded and generic Neapolitan chocolates, chocolates and truffles, boxed Neapolitan chocolates, boxed chocolate crisps and wafers, fondant cremes, chocolate selections boxes, foiled chocolates – http://www.whitakerschocolates.com
Burgers of Marlow – Bakery, patisserie, continental style confectioners and tea room in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England – made on the premises – pronounced “Bur-jer” with a soft ‘g’ – purchase in the shop – http://www.burgersartisanbakery.com
Cadbury Mini Rolls are manufactured in the UK by Manor Bakeries (part of Premier Foods). Cadbury themselves are American owned now.
Thorntons Easter Eggs – all made in England.
Waitrose Woodland Friends Easter Eggs (and possibly more Waitrose Easter Eggs?) are made in the UK. Waitrose Mint Imperials are made in the UK, as are many other Waitrose own brand bagged sweets. Waitrose Cook’s Ingredients milk chocolate is made in the UK. At least some of the other Waitrose own branded chocolate is made in the UK.
You can even find some British made chocolates and a few other British made products in Poundland, for example Ashley’s Family Treats pictured below.
Walkers Chocolates of Birmingham make the Ashley’s chocolates which I mention above. Walkers brands include Walkers of London, Walkers, Kensington, Harrington, Ashley’s, and Marcheurs. They also sell to the majority of the UK supermarkets under their own label and to export customers under own label. They say on their website “We are very proud to be a Quality British Manufacturer” and they “manufacture in the UK the highest quality confectionery”. Walkers Chocolates Ltd and Robert Walker (Food Merchants) Ltd are 100% owned by Robert Walker. Robert Walker (Food Merchants) Ltd was established in 1963 with confectionery products being added in 1977 and chocolate products in 1983. Walkers are also importers of foreign made products – http://www.walkerschocolates.co.uk
At least some Sainsbury’s own brand chocolate is made in the UK and they give country of origin details for their own brand products on their website. For example this Sainsbury’s Easter Egg (which was just £1 in 2015).
At least some Co-op own brand chocolate is made in the UK.
Some Tesco Easter Eggs are made in the UK (many though are made abroad). The Tesco CHOKABLOCK Easter egg made by County Confectionery and the Tesco Help for Heroes Easter egg (both pictured above) are made in the UK, as is the Tesco Milk Chocolate Golden Egg Hunt Adventure Easter egg pictured below.
Some Tesco chocolate is made in the UK (for example Tesco White Chocolate 150g) but other chocolate (for example Tesco Value chocolate) is made abroad, so please check whether Tesco chocolate is made in the UK before buying before buying.
At least some Marks and Spencer chocolate bars, boxed chocolates, sweets and Easter Eggs are UK made. For example their Walnut Whip, giant Walnut Whip and 36g marzipan bar are made in the UK. Check though because some Marks and Spencer chocolates and sweets are made abroad, for example Marks and Spencer Percy the Pig sweets are made in Germany.
At least some Happy Shopper (Booker Group convenience stores) chocolate, such as their Chocolate Honeycomb and their Chocolate Raisins, are “produced in the UK”.
Boots Shapers Bars are made in the UK, or at least the ones I have seen.
http://www.themarshmallowists.co.uk – made in London I think.
http://www.hopeandgreenwood.co.uk – at least some of their traditional type sweets are made in the UK I believe.
Willie’s Cocoa – http://williescacao.com or http://www.willieschocolateshop.com – their factory is in Uffculme, Devon, in South West England and all their chocolate is made here as far as I can tell – selling chocolate bars for cooking and to a lesser extent for eating.
Walls Magnum chocolates are made in the UK by KCL Limited (under licence from Unilever, an Anglo–Dutch company). Some other Unilever products, including as far as I know Walls ice cream sold in the UK, are made in the UK too.
Jakemans menthol sweets – it says on the packets manufactured by Jakemans (Confectionery) Limited, Boston, so that strongly implies made in the UK (owned by G.R. Lanes Health Products). No country of origin information is given on their website, although there is a news article about how Jakemans are the proud winners of a 2016 made in Lincolnshire Award. The company were established in 1907. Their sweets are marketed as throat & chest soothing lozenges.
Anything from Royal Warrant holders Prestat – they have told to me that all their chocolates are made in London – chocolates, truffles, wafer thins, chocolate bars. Mind, I think this only applies to the chocolates they make themselves. Some of their chocolates do not say made in England on the packaging only made for Prestat and I cannot be sure these are made in England.
Anything from Creighton’s chocolates is made in England, but note they use Belgium chocolate as their raw ingredient.
The Cocoa Mistress – Follows me on Twitter – Handmade in Kent, England – Chocolates boxed and bars, lollies, novelties, sweets. These look nice but I haven’t tried them.
Coco Pzazz (formerly known as Rural Foodies) chocolates are made in Wales, as far as I can gather from their website.
Oh So Scrummy flapjacks, gingerbread men, muffins, cupcakes and cake slices might all be made in Britain. The Oh So Scrummy yoghurt flavoured flapjack I had today (23 Oct 2015) was labeled on the back “Produced in the UK”. Their website seems to be under construction – http://www.ohsoscrummy.co.uk
D Politi and Sons Ltd were well-known for the manufacture of Rahat Lacoum, British Manufacture Turkish Delight which was marketed in wooden drums with paper seals. They had a factory in Hackney, North London but seem to have closed down sometimes in the 1980s before 1987.
OP Chocolate Ltd of Merthyr Tydfil is a manufacturer and supplier of chocolate wafers, chocolate bars and traditional family favourites such as Pink and White wafers. In 1969 OP bought Hunter and Headley, founded in 1954, maker of Caxton Pink ‘n’ Whites wafers. OP Chocolate began producing wafers in 1938. The company started near Cardiff and production moved to Merthyr in 1946 and to its current site in the 1960s. In 1991, OP was purchased by Groupe Cémoi, a French company who have 10 factories in France, 1 in Poland, 1 in Germany, 1 in the Ivory Coast and the OP Chocolate factory in the UK. In July 2017 the UK factory, OP Chocolate, was still open. No country of origin information is given on the company’s websites but they do make products in the UK and Caxton Pink ‘n’ Whites wafers are labelled “Produced in the UK”. Caxton Pink ‘n’ Whites wafers are available in supermarkets. Other OP Chocolate products are trade only and are supplied under the Caxton Fantastix, Caxton or OP Fine Wafers brands or as private label – http://www.pinknwhites.com – http://www.opchocolate.com
Ernest Jackson offers a wide range of well-known branded products, as well as a contract manufacturing service. They have a factory in Devon but not all their products carry country of origin labelling and hence I do not know if all their products are UK made. Their brands include Bassetts Multivitamins, Throaties, Proctor’s Pinelyptus Pastilles, Potter’s Cough Pastilles, Victory V paste lozenges, and Zubes lozenges. Bassetts multi-vitamins are made in the UK and are clearly labelled “Made with care in the UK”, unlike other Ernest Jackson products which carry no country of origin information. The company was founded in 1817. In 1984 Ernest Jackson merged with Bassetts Foods PLC (Trebor Bassett) and in 1989 Trebor Bassett became part of Cadbury Schweppes. In 2011 US company Kraft Foods acquired Cadbury PLC. Kraft Foods became know as Mondelez in 2013 and hence Ernest Jackson now belongs to American company Mondelez. Trebor Bassett were part of Cadbury and they closed down the Trebor factory in Chesterfield in 2005. Also see above Trebor Bassett Mints are now made by Tangerine Confectionery Ltd
Penguin chocolate coated biscuits by McVitie’s (part of United Biscuits) are made in the UK. United Biscuits (UB) is a formerly British multinational food manufacturer, and the makers of McVitie’s biscuits, Jacob’s Cream Crackers, go ahead bars, Carr’s water biscuits, Crawfords biscuits, Twiglets and other well-known brands. In November 2014 it was acquired by Turkish company Yıldız Holding and the company is now marketing itself as “pladis”. The company retains some manufacturing in the UK currently with factories at Tollcross, Carlisle, Aintree, Manchester, Halifax, Wigston, and Harlesden. pladis has manufacturing sites all over the world, but mostly manufactures in Turkey.
Mars Bar (American owned) – made in Slough (according to Mars 1.5.13).
Galaxy Ripple, Galaxy Minstrels, Galaxy Counters, Galaxy Smooth (Mars) – no country of origin label but made in Slough.
Maltesers, Maltesers Teaser Bar– Mars – no country of origin label but made in Slough.
Snickers (Mars) – no country of origin label but made in Slough.
Mars Celebrations – no country of origin label but made in Slough.
Revels – Mars – no country of origin label but made in Slough.
Tracker – Mars – no country of origin label but made in Slough.
All other Mars chocolate except those listed above is produced in Europe.
Wriggley’s (Mars) Extra chewing gum – no country of origin label but made in the UK (according to Wriggley’s 2.5.13).
Wriggley’s (Mars) Hubba Bubba chewing gum – no country of origin label but made in the UK.
All other Wriggley’s (Mars) chewing gum is made abroad.
Cadbury (Cadbury’s) merged with J. S. Fry & Sons in 1919, and Schweppes in 1969. The company was bought by American company Kraft Foods (Mondelez International) in 2010. Many Cadbury products say they are “made under licence from Cadbury UK” – it is not all clear what this means – I assume production of chocolate bars with this labelling are outsourced presumably to a factory abroad.
Mondelez told me on 18 July 2017 that “The statement regarding the licence does not relate to the country of manufacture, but recognises Cadbury’s continuing ownership of the trade mark ‘Cadbury’ and the associated manufacturing heritage whilst now being made in the factory owned by Mondelez International following the take-over of the Cadbury Group in 2010″ – still rather meaningless and not offering in any clues to country of origin – they ignored my further request for clear country of origin labelling.
All Cadbury Easter Eggs. No country of origin label, but made in the UK (according to Kraft on 30.4.13).
Cadbury’s (Kraft; American owned) Crème Eggs. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Mini Crème Eggs. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Dairy Milk – some bars are made in the UK.
Cadbury Dairy Milk with Crunchie. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Dairy Milk Turkish. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Wispa. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Caramel Freddo. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Roses. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Heroes. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Miniature Heroes. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Caramel Eggs. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Caramel Nibbles. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Buttons & Giant Buttons. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Snack Shortcake. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Cadbury Snack Sandwich. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
All Cadbury Drinking Chocolate Range. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.
Nestle products are made all over the world, including in the UK. For example there has been a Nestle coffee production factory in Hayes since 1913 (it originally made chocolate when it first started and moved over to coffee production in 1939, having been purchased by Nestle in 1919) but during 2015 it was closed. Nestle’s Tutbury plant in Derbyshire and the Dalston plant in Cumbria continue to make coffee. Nestle still have factories in Girvan, Dalston, Fawdon, York, Halifax and Tutbury, Buxton, Welwyn Garden City, Bromborough, Sudbury, Wisbech, and Aintree; producing coffee, chocolate, water, pet food, etc. Unfortunately for the consumer Nestle have a policy of not labelling country of origin on their products, so you will not know where your chocolate / coffee / water / pet food was manufactured or if it was made in the UK – http://www.nestle.co.uk
Nestle (Mackintosh’s) Rolo – Made in UK (and unusually for Nestle labelled as such). Mackintosh’s purchased Caley’s of Norwich from The African and Eastern Trade Corporation in 1932 and Rolos were made in Norwich from 1937 up until the 1990s when Nestle closed the Norwich factory. There is a short history of Caley’s here. Rolos are now made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Nestle Blue Ribbon Bar – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (according to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label. As of April 2017 Nestle plans to cut 300 UK jobs and is moving production of the Blue Riband chocolate biscuit to Poland as part of these planned UK job cuts.
Nestle Breakaway Bar – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (According to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label.
Nestle (Mackintosh’s) Caramac – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (According to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label.
Nestle (Rowntree’s) Fruit Pastilles – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (According to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label.
Nestle (Rowntree’s) Munchies – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (According to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label.
Nestle (Mackintosh’s) Toffee Crisp – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (According to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label.
Nestle Yorkie bourbon biscuit – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (According to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label.
Nestle (Rowntree’s) Kit Kat – Made in York according to Wikipedia. Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made. No country of origin label.
Yorkie Bar (Rowntree’s; now Nestle) – Made in York according to the internet. Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made. No country of origin label.
Aero Bar (Rowntree’s; now Nestle) – Made in York according to the internet. Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made. No country of origin label.
Haribo sweets (German owned). In 1972 Haribo bought the majority of shares in the English firm Dunhills (Pontefract). In 1994 they took complete control. The Dunhills factory in Pontefract remains and produces Haribo sweets and other confectionery like Pontefract Cakes for the UK market. No country of origin labelling on their Haribo or MAOAM brands though and production also takes place abroad for example in Germany. The UK factory in Pontefract
West Yorkshire, now known as HARIBO Dunhills (Pontefract) PLC, also has a factory shop – https://www.haribo.com/enGB/home.html
Kinnerton Confectionery is Britain’s largest manufacturer of chocolate and novelty confectionery specialising in character merchandising. For example they made Hello Kitty Easter Eggs in 2013, produced in the UK. They produce own label and bespoke confectionery for retailers and other brands. Wholesale. Operating across three manufacturing sites in the UK and one in Ireland, many of their products are made in the UK. Gilchris Confectionery was purchased and subsumed by this company. Horsley Hick & Flower, with a factory just outside York – who make Foiled Balls and Eggs, sugar panned eggs, jazzies and snows, candy coated buttons, chocolate coated dragees (wholesale) – are owned by Kinnerton Confectionery and Kinnerton Confectionery themselves are owned by German company Zertus.
Cadbury Fingers are manufactured in the UK by Burton’s Foods Limited. Cadbury themselves are American owned now, as indeed are Burton’s Buscuits. Burton’s also make Wagon Wheels, Maryland Cookies, Dodgers and Lyons Biscuits, in the UK.
Boxes of Nestle (was Rowntree) After Eight Mint Chocolate Thins (After Eight Mints) (Swiss owned).
Paynes Poppets – made in the UK by Fox’s Confectionery – Foxes are now owned by the Finnish Raisio Group. They now market themselves, since a takeover 2003, as Big Bear Confectionery. They had previously been part of Northern Foods who had acquired the brand from Nestle in 1988 who had themselves acquired the brand from Mackintosh’s who had purchased Fox’s Confectionary in 1969. Paynes Poppets and Just Brazils came to Fox’s Confectionery from Northern Foods who bought the Paynes confectionery business in 1998. They produce brand name confectionery such as Paynes Poppets, Fox’s Glacier Mints, XXX Mints, and Just Brazils, as well as being one of the biggest suppliers of retailer ‘own brand’ products in the UK. Big Bear Confectionery have 3 factories in the UK and 2 in the Czech Republic. I don’t know which of their products are made in the UK or if products are labelled with country of origin. One of their factories is Nimbus Foods in Wales. Nimbus Foods make decorations, toppings and inclusions for the food industry for ambient, chilled and frozen foods and their factory is in Dolgellau in Wales – https://www.bigbearuk.com
Foxs biscuits are also made in the UK. They say on their website “All of our products are proudly made in the UK, by the Fox’s baking team, then shipped around the world. We three manufacturing facilities at Uttoxeter, Batley and Kirkham.” Fox’s biscuits had been part of Northern Foods, as had Fox’s Confectionery (see above) but operate separately. Northern Foods was purchased by 2 Sisters Food Group in 2011. 2 Sisters Food Group have 36 manufacturing sites in the UK, as well as six in the Netherlands, five in Ireland and 1 in Poland. As well as Fox’s biscuits their brands acquired through their purchase of Northern Foods include Goodfella’s Pizza, Holland’s Pies, Matthew Walker Christmas Puddings, Donegal Catch and Green Isle and they do private label manufacturing. A large part of their business is poultry related – http://www.foxs-biscuits.co.uk/about/ – http://www.2sfg.com/about-us/history/
At least some Harrods own brand chocolates are made in the UK.
Rivington Biscuits, best known for their Pink Panther wafers, were founded in 1996 having taken over a wafer biscuit manufacture in Wigan, Lancashire that had been established for 20 years. Primarily they produce private label biscuit products for others. Owned by dutch company Van Delft Biscuits, who put the company into administration in December 2016 – http://www.rivingtonbiscuits.co.uk
Divine Chocolate – it’s made in continental Europe somewhere – Divine chocolate is made in a factory in Germany, as per this article on their website – http://www.divinechocolate.com/uk/good-stuff/news/2010/12/divine-chocolate-factory-snow
Terry’s Chocolate Orange (made in Slovakia or Poland). No country of origin labelling.
Anything else from Terry’s (Terry’s of York).
Sesame Snaps (Anglo-Dal) – made in Poland.
Some chocolate from “Hotel Chocolate” is made in the UK, but not all of it – http://www.hotelchocolat.com. Unless the chocolate from Hotel Chocolate says “country of origin UK” on it then I suspect it is made abroad.
Green and Black’s products (made in the EU – i.e. made abroad).
Green and Blacks Easter Eggs.
Panda Liquorice – all made in Finland.
All Mars chocolate products, except those listed above as being made in Slough, are produced in Europe.
Twix (made in the Netherlands) – Mars.
m & m’s – Mars – possibly made in Poland,
All Mars chocolate drinks are made in Europe.
All Wriggley’s (Mars) chewing gum is made abroad, except for the 2 products listed above.
Wriggley’s (Mars) “5” chewing gum.
Airwaves chewing gum (Wriggley’s – Mars).
Altoids (Wriggley’s – Mars).
Wrigley’s Doublemint chewing gum (Mars).
Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum (Mars).
Lockets (Wriggley’s – Mars).
Orbit chewing gum (Wriggley’s – Mars)
Skittles (Wriggley’s – Mars).
Tunes (Wriggley’s – Mars).
Wrigley’s Spearmint chewing gum (Mars).
Starburst (originally called Opel Fruits) – Wrigley’s (Mars) – made in the Czech republic – No country of origin labelling.
Impact Mints (made in Germany).
Starbucks mints and chewing gum – made in the Netherlands.
Smarties (Nestle) – made in Poland – No country of origin labelling.
Werther’s Original sweets (made in Germany).
Peppersmith chewing gum and mints (but the mint used in their products is grown in Hampshire). No country of origin labelling.
Cadbury (Cadbury’s) merged with J. S. Fry & Sons in 1919, and Schweppes in 1969. The company was bought by American company Kraft Foods (Mondelez International) in 2010. Many Cadbury products say they are “made under licence from Cadbury UK” – it is not all clear what this means – I assume production of chocolate bars with this labelling are outsourced presumably to a factory abroad.
Cadbury’s Double Decker.
Cadbury Dairy Milk (except with Crunchie or Turkish) – is “made in the EU” (whatever that means!) or some bars are made in the UK apparently and others are “made under licence from Cadbury UK” but it is not clear what that means.
Cadbury’s (Fry’s) Crunchie – made in Poland according to Wikipedia.
Cadbury’s Bassetts Jelly Babies.
Curly Wurly (Cadbury’s – Kraft).
Fry’s Peppermint Creams (Cadbury/Kraft).
Fry’s Turkish Delight (Cadbury/Kraft).
Cadbury’s Picnic (states made in EU on packaging which can be taken to mean made abroad).
Cadbury Time Out (made in the Republic of Ireland – ROI).
Cadbury Twirl (ROI).
Cadbury Flake, Dipped Flake, Praline Flake (ROI).
Cadbury Snack Wafer (ROI).
Cadbury Boost (ROI).
Cadbury Star Bar (ROI).
Toblerone – owned by US confectionery company Mondelēz International, Inc., formerly Kraft Foods, which acquired the product from former owner Jacobs Suchard in 1990 – made in Switzerland – it used to be made in Bedford too, but not anymore. Toblerone chocolate was produced in Bedford at the Meltis factory in Miller Road until 1996. The factory there was originally opened by Peek Frean and Co in 1913 and after a merger with Meltis in 1967 Toblerone bars were produced in the factory. Meltis eventually became part of German company Hosta International. Meltis Newberry Fruits are now made in Germany. Mr Tom peanut bars are made in Germany too I think. In 1970, Suchard merged with Tobler to become Interfood. Interfood merged with the Jacobs coffee company in 1982, becoming Jacobs Suchard. Kraft Foods acquired Jacobs Suchard, including their Milka brand, in 1990. Milka is made in Germany rather than Switzerland. Peek Freans is the name of a former biscuit making company based in Bermondsey, London. The company was broken up and sold off in the 1980s, and after various ownerships the UK and European parts of the company ending up as part of BSN (now known as Groupe Danone). The UK factories were subsequently closed down, including the Bermondsey factory, and the brand dropped from the UK market. In September 2004 United Biscuits bought what was by then known as the Jacob’s Biscuit Group for £240M from Groupe Danone. The Peek Freans brand is owned but not marketed in the UK and Europe by United Biscuits, and in the United States and Canada the brand is owned by Mondelēz International, whilst in Pakistan the brand is owned by English Biscuit Manufacturers (EBM). EBM continue to use the name Peak Freans and to manufacture in Pakistan, where Peak Freans, along with another of their popular brands Sooper, remain well known in Pakistan.
Some Tesco Finest Easter Eggs (some though are made in the UK).
At least some Tesco own brand chocolate is made abroad.
At least some Marks and Spencer chocolate and sweets are made abroad, for example Marks and Spencer Percy the Pig sweets are made in Germany.
Anything from Milka (Kraft – Jacobs Suchard).
Anything from Lindt.
Anything from Guylian.
Anything from Ferrero Rocher.
Tic Tacs. No country of origin labelling. Made in Dublin, Southern Ireland or Italy.
Ovaltine Options chocolate drinks – made in Switzerland.
Bendicks, which owned by a German company, August Stork, and manufactured in Germany (their Winchester production ceasing in 2011).
No country of origin labelling
Nestle Easter Eggs.
Polos (Rowntree’s; now Nestle).
Nestles Milky Bar. The British pronunciation of the company’s name seems to have changed from “nessuls” to the Swiss “ness-lay” by the way.
Rowntree’s Fruit Gums (Nestle).
Cadbury Bournville Cocoa powder (for drinking and baking).
Walls ice cream (part of Unilever, an Anglo–Dutch company) – Walls, Magnum, Cornetto, etc. As far I know Walls ice cream sold for the UK market is made in the UK.
Buy British made chocolate.