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


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 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 no-sugar 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


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.


Strategic redefinition

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


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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

  • Employees: 140
  • Area: 29.000 m²
  • Portfolio:
    • Gummies & Jellies
    • Dragees


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


Well-known for excel­lent qua­li­ty, we spe­cia­li­se in the pro­duc­tion of liquo­ri­ce at this smal­ler plant.

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


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

  • Employees: 90
  • Area: 24.700 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 click boxes, 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