Hames Chocolates is experiencing significant double-digit sales growth, as businesses increasingly look to source products from home-grown producers rather than import from Europe or China.
Carol Oldbury,Director of Hames Chocolates, explains: “Brexit has really shone a spotlight on all the fantastic produce made in this country, which means there has never been a better time for British manufacturers, like Hames Chocolates. This trend has had a significant impact on our business, with sales of our Lincolnshire-made chocolates up by +68% versus the same period in 2020. This growth is partly due to an increased uptake of our private label offering, which includes hot chocolate spoons and bombes.
“Our decision to invest across all areas of the business is another factor behind this growth. This included sourcing new equipment to increase efficiencies and the amount we can produce, which has opened up new revenue streams. We have also recently ordered a new enrobing line and cooling tunnel, which allow us to grow our vegan chocolate production capacity. With sales of our vegan chocolate ranges growing by +155% compared to the previous year, we’re confident the new line will tap into the consumer trend for plant-based foods, such as chocolate.
“As we look ahead to 2022, we already have a strong pipeline well beyond spring, which is why, we are setting our sights on further increasing our chocolate production and packing capacity, so we can make even more great British chocolate. We are also looking to be the UK’s first choice private label partner.”
About Hames Chocolates Hames Chocolates began as a family venture and supplies many well-known businesses and high street brands with chocolate and chocolates for all occasions - from Christmas to Easter, Mother’s Day to Valentine’s - as well as for events, gifting and general retail.
The company has customers across the leisure and retail sectors, including high footfall tourism attractions, leisure centres, holiday parks, as well as specialist chocolate shops, chocolate makers, garden centres and department stores. With its own design, printing and packing facility in house, Hames Chocolates are flexible to work with and can make completely bespoke personalised confectionery for both own label and promotional sectors, and food service suppliers too.