How we work

From reci­pe deve­lop­ment, pro­duc­tion and packa­ging to just in time deli­very – at CCI, all ser­vices come from a sin­gle source. This means we can gua­ran­tee con­ti­nuous qua­li­ty and relia­bi­li­ty across all pro­duc­tion pro­ces­ses. Our trai­ned spe­cia­lists are dedi­ca­ted to ensu­ring brand-appro­pria­te pro­duct imple­men­ta­ti­on. Find out how we turn ide­as into suc­cess­ful pro­duc­ts!

Sales & Product Management

Innovation & Development

Production

Packaging

Quality management

Supply Chain & Logistics

Sales & Product Management

Successful together

Our dyna­mic and dedi­ca­ted local sales teams are always eager to hear your wis­hes and ide­as. As a pri­va­te brand sup­plier, part­ne­ring for col­la­bo­ra­ti­on is second natu­re to us. Transparency, com­mit­ment and relia­bi­li­ty are the basis of our busi­ness rela­ti­ons­hips. We look for­ward to working with you in deve­lo­ping a suc­cess­ful pro­duct ran­ge. We crea­te fit­ting con­cepts based on con­su­mer trends, mar­ket rese­arch data and rele­van­ce for you as custo­mer.

We plan and coor­di­na­te pro­jec­ts from con­cept, to exe­cu­ti­on, through to on time deli­very. So that you get what we pro­mi­sed.

Innovation & Development

Knowing what consumers want

No future wit­hout deve­lop­ment and inno­va­ti­on! The world of con­fec­tion­e­ry is dyna­mic: con­su­mer needs are chan­ging, the influ­ence of NGOs is gro­wing, pro­duct lifecy­cles are beco­m­ing shorter, and a true evo­lu­ti­on in pri­va­te brands is taking place. Being able to adapt to new deve­lop­ments quick­ly is essen­ti­al. We moni­tor, test and advi­se. We see oppor­tu­nities and solu­ti­ons for deve­lo­ping tru­ly inno­va­ti­ve con­cepts in clo­se col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with our custo­mers.

Our high­ly qua­li­fied experts and sci­en­tists are con­stant­ly working on new crea­ti­ons at our two test faci­li­ties in the Netherlands and Germany. Their know-how and expe­ri­ence enab­le us to meet the short-term and future needs of con­su­mers and our custo­mers.

Production

OUR TRUSTED PRODUCTION KNOW HOW

Not only the qua­li­ty of the reci­pe is cru­ci­al for the pro­duc­tion of first-class sweets, so is the pro­duc­tion pro­cess. We achie­ve high-qua­li­ty results by using sta­te-of-the-art tech­no­lo­gy.

At our five pro­duc­tion faci­li­ties, we offer both cost lea­dership, as well as inno­va­ti­on and fle­xi­bi­li­ty. Our approach is key to our suc­cess­ful port­fo­lio with best qua­li­ty levels and costs.

Our fac­to­ries are equip­ped with auto­ma­ted mixing, coo­king and packa­ging equip­ment that meet the requi­re­ments of a wide ran­ge of pro­duct groups, packa­ging types and reci­pes. We use four dif­fe­rent pro­duc­tion tech­ni­ques. Read more about each one of the­se below.

Crunchy sugar coated con­fec­tion­e­ry

Making dra­gees invol­ves a coa­ting pro­cess. The num­ber of varie­ties of dra­gees is vir­tual­ly unli­mi­ted. Our popu­lar jel­ly beans, for examp­le, are pla­ced in cop­per kett­les and coated with a cris­py, sugar coa­ting which pro­vi­des a crun­chy bite expe­ri­ence. Fruit gums are coated with sour sugar, sugar pearls or flour.

Any shape you like

Our lar­ge varie­ty of gums and jel­lies shapes are crea­ted by depo­si­t­ing gum or jel­ly mass into pre­for­med moulds. Made from corn­st­arch the­se moulds are known as pow­der moulds. First, we deve­lop a crea­ti­ve idea for a clear and attrac­tive shape for sweet gums. Next, drawings of the shapes are made using a 3D pro­gram­me.

Prior to pro­duc­tion, moulds are made with the desi­red shapes pres­sed into the pow­der using plas­ter or alu­mi­ni­um stamps. After hea­ting, liquid jel­ly or liquo­ri­ce is pou­red into the­se moulds through noz­z­les. After a dry­ing and matu­ring pro­cess, the fresh­ly made sweets get their firm con­sis­ten­cy.

Once the sweets have har­den­ed, the corn­st­arch is remo­ved by sie­ving. The colour­ful con­fec­tion­e­ry is (almost) rea­dy. For a shiny finish, it is trea­ted with water vapour, vege­ta­ble fat or bees­wax. This also pre­vents the con­fec­tion­e­ry from sti­cking tog­e­ther.

The con­fec­tion­e­ry is now rea­dy to be auto­ma­ti­cal­ly weig­hed and bag­ged on the packa­ging lines.

Sweet tas­ted under pres­su­re

Confectionery in liquo­ri­ce, liquo­ri­ce in con­fec­tion­e­ry, liquo­ri­ce on con­fec­tion­e­ry or con­fec­tion­e­ry on liquo­ri­ce – all the­se tas­ty liquo­ri­ce varie­ties are crea­ted using extrusi­on pro­duc­tion tech­no­lo­gy.

During extrusi­on, the vis­cous mass is pres­sed through so-cal­led screw pres­ses (extru­ders) under high pres­su­re and at high tem­pe­ra­tu­re. In this pro­cess, added starch gela­ti­ni­ses the mix­tu­re into a homo­ge­ne­ous mass. The mass comes out of spe­ci­al­ly shaped noz­z­les in long strands or bands. This is how, for examp­le, laces or snails are crea­ted. Using broa­der bands we can also pro­du­ce sand­wich-type laye­red con­fec­tion­e­ry. For this, several dif­fe­rent mix­tures with coco­nut or fruit fla­vour are pro­ces­sed at the same time, by way of co-extrusi­on. After emer­ging from the noz­z­les, the­se lay­ers are pla­ced on top of one ano­t­her under pres­su­re and cut to the desi­red size using a cut­ting bla­de.

As with gums and jel­lies, the next step in the pro­duc­tion pro­cess is dry­ing. The sweets are then rea­dy for packa­ging.

No cor­ners, no edges 

For our hard-boi­led can­dy, we only use cas­ting pro­duc­tion tech­no­lo­gy. Compared to con­fec­tion­e­ry that is made using cut­ting or embos­sing tech­ni­ques, this high-qua­li­ty pro­duc­tion tech­ni­que has the gre­at advan­ta­ge that the con­fec­tion­e­ry has a par­ti­cu­lar­ly smooth shape wit­hout any edges.

As this can­dy is not cut from one strand, but is pou­red into small moulds, it has an extre­me­ly smooth sur­face. With no sharp cor­ners and edges, it offers the best can­dy eating expe­ri­ence and has an attrac­tive appearan­ce.

In this pro­duc­tion pro­cess, the hot, liquid can­dy mix­tu­re is pou­red into moulds. Once the can­dy has coo­led, it is pushed out of the moulds using cylind­ri­cal pins. The hard can­dy then pro­gres­ses to the packa­ging line, whe­re a varie­ty of packa­ging opti­ons are avail­ab­le.

Casting tech­no­lo­gy is also used for the pro­duc­tion of our tof­fees. Similar to the way in which our hard can­dy is made, the hea­ted, liquid tof­fee mix­tu­re is pou­red through noz­z­les into the indi­vi­du­al sili­co­ne moulds.

Packaging

A feast for the eyes

Confectionery belongs to the group of pro­duc­ts that are stron­gly impul­se-depen­dent. In fact, con­fec­tion­e­ry spon­ta­ne­ous­ly ends up in con­su­mer shop­ping carts in over 70% of the cases. Reason why, it is important to ensu­re a striking and appe­aling pre­sen­ta­ti­on of goods at the POS, which draws con­su­mers’ atten­ti­on to the pro­duct.

CCI actively sup­ports you in the design and imple­men­ta­ti­on of your packa­ging ide­as. Our desi­gners col­la­bo­ra­te to bring new designs that fit your brand. We can also take care of the prin­ting and pro­duc­tion of your packa­ging.

We’ve got it wrapped!

Appearance is important when choo­sing packa­ging, but other key fac­tors inclu­de: pro­duct qua­li­ty pre­ser­va­ti­on, food safe­ty, pro­tec­tion of the pro­duct and safe­ty during trans­por­ta­ti­on.

Importantly also, packa­ging pro­vi­des con­su­mers with purcha­se-rele­vant and regu­lato­ry pro­duct infor­ma­ti­on. The list of ingre­dients, nut­ri­tio­nal infor­ma­ti­on and even sto­rage inst­ruc­tions – all of this infor­ma­ti­on is pro­vi­ded by our QA and is asses­sed in accordance with food regu­la­ti­on requi­re­ments.

What type of packa­ging do you requi­re? We will glad­ly advi­se you which packa­ging type is best sui­ted for your pro­duct. Flexible, auto­ma­ted pro­duc­tion tech­no­lo­gy enab­les us to quick­ly adapt to dif­fe­rent types of packa­ging, indi­vi­du­al packa­ging sizes and dif­fe­rent pro­duct requi­re­ments.

Quality management

Tried and tested

Before a pro­duct goes on sale, many con­trol points and regu­lato­ry requi­re­ments must be che­cked.

We ensu­re the qua­li­ty of the pro­duc­ts throughout the ent­i­re pro­duc­tion chain.

We do so through clo­se moni­to­ring: inclu­ding ana­ly­ti­cal and sen­so­ry con­trol of inco­m­ing goods, in-pro­cess con­trol and con­trol of out­go­ing goods.

Continuous qua­li­ty is also ensu­red thanks to strict safe­ty and hygie­ne regu­la­ti­ons, regu­lar hygie­ne checks, trai­ning by exter­nal spe­cia­lists and self-moni­to­ring audits. We ensu­re cor­rect spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons, mar­keta­bi­li­ty, pro­duct safe­ty and impec­ca­ble qua­li­ty of all our con­fec­tion­a­ry.

We sub­ject our pro­duc­ts to regu­lar tests by inde­pen­dent labo­ra­to­ries. This ensu­res a con­sistent­ly high qua­li­ty that you can rely on at all times. This qua­li­ty assuran­ce is repeated­ly con­fir­med by nume­rous inde­pen­dent and exter­nal cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­ons such as IFS (International Food Standard) and BRC (British Retail Consortium).

We recei­ve awards from the DLG (German Agricultural Society) for our long stan­ding pro­duct qua­li­ty. Our pro­duc­ts regu­lar­ly win gold and sil­ver awards.

We care for our envi­ron­ment. Sustainability is essen­ti­al for us as food pro­du­cer. We use resour­ces from sustainab­ly sourced palm oil (RSPO), cocoa and cho­co­la­te (UTZ, Fair Trade). In addi­ti­on, we use sustainab­le packa­ging that meets the requi­re­ments of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

We also con­stant­ly focus on redu­cing our car­bon foot­print in the pro­duc­tion pro­cess. This is achie­ved through effec­tive ener­gy manage­ment and the intro­duc­tion of new ener­gy effi­ci­ent tech­no­lo­gies, such as the pro­duc­tion of gas from our own was­te in a bio­gas tank and solar ener­gy at our fac­to­ries.

We com­mit to caring for the peop­le we work with and ser­ve. Health and safe­ty of our col­leagues is our top prio­ri­ty. We want all our col­leagues to be able to go home in good health each and every day. We achie­ve this by com­ply­ing with all regu­lato­ry requi­re­ments, coa­ching and trai­ning and by making sure our equip­ment and mate­ri­als com­ply with all pre­sent and future stan­dards.

Supply Chain & Logistics

We deliver your goods – on time and in full 

We sha­re sweet moments with con­su­mers in over 30 coun­tries world­wi­de.

For you, as a custo­mer, a cru­ci­al fac­tor is the opti­mal avai­la­bi­li­ty of our pro­duc­ts.

Intelligent sup­ply chain manage­ment ensu­res con­ti­nui­ty in the deli­very of raw mate­ri­als, cost-effec­tive wareh­ousing and an effi­ci­ent flow of goods. Thanks to sta­te-of-the-art goods manage­ment and logistics sys­tems, and clo­se coope­ra­ti­on with lea­ding freight for­war­ders, we are able to gua­ran­tee short deli­very times, effec­tive order-to-cash pro­cess, a high deli­very capa­ci­ty and high pro­duct qua­li­ty.

The sup­ply and deli­very of your pri­va­te brand con­fec­tion­e­ry is car­ri­ed out in clo­se coor­di­na­ti­on with your goods manage­ment sys­tem and seam­less­ly fits into your sup­ply chain, on a just in time basis. Accurate sales volu­me plan­ning ensu­res the con­stant avai­la­bi­li­ty of goods. We ensu­re effi­ci­ent ship­ping to keep costs low.

On time and reli­able deli­very of your pro­duc­ts at your pre­mi­ses!