Ten things you may not know about Hames Chocolates!
Hames Chocolates Ltd is a British chocolate maker. Started in 2005 by Edward and Marlene Hames, their daughter Carol and their son-in-law Andrew. Their factory is based in their home town of Skegness on the East coast of England. The factory is still run today by Carol.
Their chocolate factory has BRCGS accreditation grade AA. This GFSI recognised scheme sets out the benchmark of high food safety standards.
In addition to the chocolate factory, Hames have the majority interest in a Lancashire-based candy factory where they make fudge, toffee, honeycomb, sweets and lettered rock candy.
Hames branded Bronze range of milk chocolate products are made using British milk from cows that graze British meadows.
Hames are an experienced private label partner, making and supplying chocolates and confectionery for many well-known brands.
They are a key player in the UK promotional confectionery industry, supplying business-branded chocolates and confectionery to distributors, plus small and large businesses for corporate gifting, employee appreciation, to promote new product launches and for events.
Hames’ customers span multiple industries including retail, tourism and leisure, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops, cake decoration and bakery.
They make moulded chocolates, hollow and spun chocolates, enrobed chocolates, deposited and filled chocolates, and chocolate cake decorations. Products include chocolate bars in various sizes, Neapolitans, moulded shapes, boxes of truffles and chocolates, hot chocolate spoons, hot chocolate bombes, Easter Eggs, Advent calendars, logo chocolates and chocolate shavings. Due to the wide range of products made, nearly all the chocolates are made to order.
Sustainability and people are important to Hames and they are Rainforest Alliance Certified and also support the Cocoa Horizons scheme. The Rainforest seal on product packaging allows you to recognize and choose products that contribute toward a better future for people and planet while Cocoa Horizons mission is to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities through the promotion of sustainable, entrepreneurial farming, improved productivity, and community development, which protect nature and children.
More recently Hames have used their expertise to expand into chocolate packaging, patisserie packaging and hamper packaging. This includes business branded packaging options. With their own design, printing and packing facility in house they are ideally placed to offer digital and foil printed packaging in addition to litho printed options.