Our mission statement
Our market position, driven by our innovative know how and operational flexibility, makes 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.
Alfred Attema, Managing Director
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.
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. 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
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 our people 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 our responsibility towards our clients’ 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.
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.
After a strategic redefinition in 2008, where we focused more strongly on retail and private labels. This resulted in a significant growth.
This growth, resulting from a relevant portfolio and our new 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 establish the leading European trade brand confectionery producer. This was to be achieved based on a buy-and-build strategy.
Takeover of Perfetti van Melle Plant
In the following years, a series of further acquisitions was effected. The first of these was in September 2013, with the takeover of a former Perfetti van Melle factory in Hoorn (NL).
Takeover of Kraepelien & Holm
In February 2014, we took over liquorice factory Kraepelien & Holm in Oosterwolde (NL). With this takeover, we expanded our product portfolio of fruit gums and jellies to include liquorice.
Acquisition of Mederer Plant and Sulá
In November 2015, we acquired 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.
Since the acquisition of in total five factories and around 550 motivated and experienced colleagues, we have had excellent growth results. We look forward to a successful future based on our strong position on the European market, a customer base in over 30 countries and backed by a future-proof portfolio that meets customer and consumer needs.
Your reliable partner
Our know-how has enabled us to become an expert in private brand confectionery and create a unique market position.
Everything from one single source
Our entire production process is implemented in-house: from business intelligence, product management, recipe development (R&D), production efficiency and just-in-time delivery to our customers. In this way we guarantee quality and full service throughout the process.
Benefit from our wide range of confectionery products, which include healthier concepts (low sugar / sugar reduced / sugar free / veggie), as well as more traditional products (dragees / gummies & jellies / liquorice / hard candy / toffees) that meet all consumer needs.
Market and category focus
Based on intelligent market research, customer- and trend analyses, combined with our own research and development, we develop innovative recipes that perfectly match individual markets, consumer preferences and trends.
Our four production sites are certified IFS, BRC, GMP and ISO 50001: 2011. We are regularly audited according to industry-specific requirements such as SMETA.
The plant in Drachten is the birthplace of the CCI. It is a flexible, all-round factory where we can produce a wide variety of sweets. We are particularly proud of our Jelly Bean production line.
- Employees: 140
- Area: 9.000 m²
- Gummies & Jellies
- Vegetarian & vegan
- Sugar free
Hoorn is a pioneer in the production of All Sorts liquorice. The heart of the plant is its extruder line, where our produce liquo´rice All Sorts in different forms and recipes.
- Employees: 25
- Area: 8.700 m²
- Liquorice allsorts
Well-known for excellent quality, this plant specialised in the production of liquorice.
- Employees: 45
- Area: 10.000 m²
- Vegetarian & vegan
- Sugar free
This plant, known under the name “Sulá” since 1950, is one of the most important producers of both sugar free hard caramels in moulded quality. As one of the biggest sugar free hard boiled candy producers packaged in clickboxes, we prove that a tasty sweet does not require sugar.
- Employees: 65
- Area: ca. 10.000 m²
- Sugar free
- Vegetarian & vegan
- Hard boiled candy & pastilles