Who we are

We are CCI. Together with around 550 col­leagues, we aim to sha­re as many sweet moments as pos­si­ble with our custo­mers and con­su­mers. We do so by deve­lo­ping sugar free, low sugar and vegan sweets, in addi­ti­on to our wide ran­ge of more tra­di­tio­nal pro­duc­ts. We pro­du­ce our sweets in five fac­to­ries in Germany and the Netherlands, for a broad inter­na­tio­nal custo­mer base.

CCI, made to sha­re

Made to share

CCI Facts

Our mission statement

Our market  position, driven by  our innovative know how and operational flexibility, make us uniquely suited to develop private brand concepts that meet the demands of new generation sweet lovers. Especially those who are more environmentally and health conscious.
CEO Edwin Waijenberg

Our Mission

Sharing sweet moments.

We make trusted brands suc­cess­ful with the tas­tes and ingre­dients made for sharing sweet moments. In fact, we make gre­at sweets for gre­at brands.

Our Vision

Every day peop­le throughout Europe savour and sha­re our sweets with each other. We are and aim to remain lea­der in the manu­fac­tu­re of low sugar and sugar free sweets. Next to that, as manu­fac­tu­rer of sweets for lea­ding pri­va­te brands, we offer a broad port­fo­lio of tra­di­tio­nal sweets.

Our strategic pillars

We estab­lished five stra­te­gic pil­lars that gui­de our way of working and acting, both wit­hin and out­si­de the com­pa­ny.

People & Entrepreneurship

Quality

Responsible, Safe & Sustainable

Profitable and Consistent Growth

Creating Value Through Innovation

People & Entrepreneurship

Our peop­le defi­ne our suc­cess. We look to pro­vi­de an open and safe work envi­ron­ment, wit­hin which peop­le are encou­ra­ged to sha­re their insights and know how.
We chal­len­ge them to take actions that make the dif­fe­rence.

To this end, we pro­vi­de them the oppor­tu­ni­ty to grow in their per­so­nal and work life. From the work floor through to our manage­ment, we encou­ra­ge values based and empowe­red busi­ness con­duct.

Quality

Quality is all about our licen­se to ope­ra­te. And qua­li­ty is also about the awa­reness of our respon­si­bi­li­ty towards our cli­ents for their suc­cess. We seek to deli­ver pro­duct excel­lence. Each and every day, in ever­ything we do. To assu­re qua­li­ty, we have in place the hig­hest qua­li­ty stan­dards & cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­ons.

Operating in a dyna­mic socie­ty and high­ly com­pe­ti­ti­ve mar­ket, we make sure we under­stand trends and are able to pre­dict them. We col­la­bo­ra­te clo­se­ly with our part­ners in the sup­ply chain to bring true added value pro­duc­ts, con­cepts and packa­ging inno­va­tions.

Responsible, Safe & Sustainable

Responsible busi­ness means that what we do is never at the expen­se of peop­le or the envi­ron­ment. We invest in peop­le, tech­no­lo­gy and R&D faci­li­ties to crea­te a safe working envi­ron­ment and make our busi­ness more sustainab­le. We do so in a way that balan­ces both our short and long term inte­rests.

We look to redu­ce our envi­ron­men­tal foot­print. We belie­ve that sustai­na­bi­li­ty goes bey­ond what hap­pens wit­hin our ope­ra­ti­ons and we sha­re our approach and suc­cess with our busi­ness part­ners and our sup­ply chain. We work in clo­se col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with sup­pliers and cli­ents to make sweets in a way that impac­ts the envi­ron­ment less, with ingre­dients that con­tri­bu­te to a healt­hi­er life­style.

Profitable and Consistent Growth

We dri­ve excel­lence in our ope­ra­ti­ons and sup­ply chain in order to boost effi­ci­en­cy and remain com­pe­ti­ti­ve. We acce­le­ra­te orga­nic, sustainab­le growth by inves­ting in our peop­le, in new tech­no­lo­gies and new pro­duct con­cepts. Product inno­va­tions are under­ta­ken pro actively and in clo­se col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with our part­ners. In this way, we grow our and our cli­ents’ mar­ket sha­re and open up new and mutu­al stra­te­gic oppor­tu­nities. This inclu­des brin­ging high added value, redu­ced sugar and sugar free sweets to our cli­ents.

Creating Value Through Innovation

Our inno­va­tions are con­su­mer and mar­ket dri­ven. We crea­te and inno­va­te in anti­ci­pa­ti­on of chan­ging trends. We are con­stant­ly on the move to crea­te appe­aling con­cepts and pro­duc­ts for an ever increa­sing num­ber of con­ve­ni­en­ce and health ori­en­ted con­su­mers.

We aim to offer alter­na­ti­ves that con­tri­bu­te to healt­hi­er lives. We work hard to remain frontrun­ners when it comes to sugar free and vegan sweets, with the tas­te and tex­tures con­su­mers love.

Our History

1985

Company founded in Drachten

Continental Candy Industries was foun­ded in Drachten, Holland, in 1985. With the pro­duc­tion of con­fec­tion­e­ry for the food mar­ket in the Benelux coun­tries and Great Britain, a suc­cess­ful com­pa­ny was foun­ded.

2008

Strategic redefinition

After a stra­te­gic rede­fi­ni­ti­on in 2008, whe­re we focu­sed more stron­gly on retail and pri­va­te labels, CCI began to grow signi­fi­cant­ly.

2012

New factory

This deve­lop­ment, resul­ting from a rele­vant port­fo­lio and stra­te­gic posi­tio­ning, promp­ted us to move to a new fac­to­ry with a lar­ger capa­ci­ty in 2012. This move hel­ped pave the way for a suc­cess­ful future.

2013

Takeover by TECG

In ear­ly 2013, CCI Drachten was sold to The European Candy Group (TECG), a sub­si­dia­ry of Bencis Capital Partners. TECG’s objec­tive was to set up the lea­ding European tra­de brand con­fec­tion­e­ry pro­du­cer which was in part achie­ved due to a “buy-and-build stra­te­gy”.

2013

Takeover of Perfetti van Melle Plant

In the fol­lo­wing years, a series of fur­ther acqui­si­ti­ons took place. This star­ted in September 2013, when a for­mer Perfetti van Melle fac­to­ry in Hoorn (NL) was bought.

2014

Takeover of Kraepelien & Holm

In February 2014, we were able to take over the liquo­ri­ce fac­to­ry “Kraepelien & Holm” in Oosterwolde, in the Netherlands. In this pha­se, we mana­ged to expand our pro­duct port­fo­lio of fruit gums and jel­lies to inclu­de liquo­ric.

2015

Acquisition of Mederer Plant and Sulá

In November 2015, we mana­ged to acqui­re a for­mer fac­to­ry of the Mederer Group in Boizenburg on the Elbe river (fruit gums and jel­lies), fol­lo­wed by the acqui­si­ti­on of Sulá GmbH (sugar-free con­fec­tion­e­ry) in December of the same year.

2018

Future-oriented portfolio

In the years fol­lo­wing the­se acqui­si­ti­ons of five fac­to­ries and around 550 moti­va­ted and expe­ri­en­ced col­leagues, we have gene­ra­ted excel­lent growth. We look for­ward to a suc­cess­ful future with our strong posi­ti­on on the European mar­ket, with a custo­mer base in more than 30 coun­tries, backed by a “future-ori­en­ted port­fo­lio” that meets our custo­mer and con­su­mer needs.

Our strengths

Your reliable partner

Our com­pe­ten­ces made us to beco­me an expert in pri­va­te brand con­fec­tion­e­ry and to crea­te a uni­que mar­ket posi­ti­on.

Everything from one single source

The ent­i­re pro­cess is imple­men­ted in-house, star­ting from busi­ness intel­li­gence, pro­duct manage­ment, reci­pe deve­lop­ment (R&D), effi­ci­ent pro­duc­tion and deli­ve­ries to the custo­mer that are on time and in the cor­rect quan­ti­ties. This way we can gua­ran­tee qua­li­ty and full ser­vice at all sta­ges of the pro­cess.

Broad portfolio

Benefit from our wide ran­ge of con­fec­tion­e­ry pro­duc­ts, which inclu­des healt­hi­er con­cepts (low sugar / sugar redu­ced / sugar free / veg­gie), but also more tra­di­tio­nal pro­duc­ts (dra­gees / Gummies & jel­lies / liquo­ri­ce / hard can­dy / tof­fees ) for ful­fil­ling your custo­mer and con­su­mer needs.

Market and category focus

Thanks to intel­li­gent mar­ket rese­arch, custo­mer- and trend ana­ly­ses com­bi­ned with our own rese­arch and deve­lop­ment, we can deve­lop inno­va­ti­ve reci­pe crea­ti­ons that per­fec­t­ly match the indi­vi­du­al mar­kets and con­su­mer habits.

Food Safety

Our five pro­duc­tion sites are cer­ti­fied accord­ing to IFS, BRC, GMP and ISO 50001: 2011. In addi­ti­on, we are regu­lar­ly audi­ted accord­ing to spe­ci­fic requi­re­ments like for examp­le SMETA.

OUR FACILITIES

Part of a strong network

We pro­du­ce our diver­se ran­ge of first-class con­fec­tion­e­ry at three loca­ti­ons in the Netherlands and two faci­li­ties in Germany. Thanks to the com­bi­na­ti­on of the­se plants, we have a high per­for­mance net­work of modern pro­duc­tion lines. We spe­cia­li­se in various pro­duct groups and can thus react fle­xi­b­ly to your requi­re­ments.

Drachten

The plant in Drachten is the birth­place of the CCI. As a “fle­xi­ble all­round” fac­to­ry whe­re we can pro­du­ce a varie­ty of pro­duct types. We are par­ti­cu­lar­ly proud of our Jelly Beans pro­duc­tion line here.

  • Employees: 140
  • Area: 9.000 m²
  • Portfolio:
    • Gummies & Jellies
    • Dragees

Hoorn

Hoorn is a pioneer in the pro­duc­tion of sugar free and vegan pro­duc­ts. The heart of the plant is its extru­der line, whe­re our “All Sorts” liquo­ri­ce is pro­du­ced.

  • Employees: 150
  • Area: 8.700 m²
  • Portfolio:
    • Liquorice & liquo­ri­ce all­sorts
    • Gummies & Jellies
    • Sugar free
    • Vegetarian & vegan

Oosterwolde

Well known for excel­lent qua­li­ty, we are spe­cia­li­sed in the pro­duc­tion of Dutch liquo­ri­ce at this plant.

  • Employees: 45
  • Area: 10.000 m²
  • Portfolio: 
    • Liquorice & liquo­ri­ce all­sorts

Boizenburg

Our fac­to­ry is spe­cia­li­sed in fruit gums and its sta­te of the art plant tech­no­lo­gy makes lar­ge sca­le pro­duc­tion pos­si­ble.

  • Employees: 90
  • Area: 12.700 m²
  • Portfolio:
    • Gummies & Jellies
    • Vegetarian & vegan

Metelen (Sulá)

This plant, known under the name “Sulá” sin­ce 1950, is one of the most important pro­du­cers of both sugar free and sugar based hard cara­mels and tof­fees in moul­ded qua­li­ty. As one of the big­gest hard boi­led can­dy pro­du­cers, which is packa­ged in click­bo­xes, we pro­ve: “Taste does not need sugar”.

  • Employees: 120
  • Area: ca. 10.000 m²
  • Portfolio:
    • Sugar free
    • Vegetarian & vegan
    • Vitamins
    • Hard boi­led can­dy & pas­til­les
    • Toffee