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Tunnock’s – Made in Scotland

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I don’t know if we are still technically in winter, and I don’t really care. So long as the temperature at night can fall to -3°C and below, and I can see frost in the morning, it still feels like winter, and that’s close enough for me.

Whenever I manage to wander as far as the Tunnock’s factory in Uddingston, I like grab a pic, if only to note the time of day.

The pic below may not look like a good photograph of the factory and clock, but there was a reason for it – winter!

Usually, you can’t see the factory for those trees in the foreground, because they are in leaf, so you have to stand in the side street, and take the picture from there, and this generally shows only the wall to the right of the clock. At this time of year, one can stand…

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British Chocolate? Or is it? Is your British chocolate really made in Britain? British made chocolates and sweets (including The List of which confectionery is still British made)

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.

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