Cramlington firm enjoying sweet success thanks to £600,000 investment

A chocolatier is hoping for sweet success after major expansion plans.

Thursday, 19th April 2018, 2:46 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th April 2018, 2:46 pm
Mark and Cathy Stephenson, of Sweetdreams Ltd.

In January, Sweetdreams Ltd launched a new 25,000sq ft factory at its Cramlington site whilst also investing in a new coating and panning line.

The new purpose built unit allows for controlled climate and humidity, meaning Sweetdreams can now offer coatings including milk chocolate, plain chocolate, yoghurt, souring and coat anything from fudge, fruits, nuts and sugar confectionery for bulk supply or inclusions.

The £600,000 investment in new technology and production equipment is also allowing the company to meet rising demand for niche products.

Sweetdreams is currently working with customers on a wide range of new product development including functional protein foods, a range of vegan marshmallows and dairy free products as well as high end confectionery sweets.

Matt Stephenson, owner and managing director, said: “We introduced panning and coating as a new business to business service in January 2018 and it has already had a direct impact on our company performance.

“Our in house team of experts work alongside clients to develop unique coated products, and technically engineer bespoke panning solutions, enabling them to expand their product ranges and meet customer demand for new and unusual tastes and textures as well as delivering traditional innovation and service for all their coating and panning needs.”

Only six months into their financial year, Sweetdreams Ltd has already seen an impressive double digit growth on last year’s revenue, citing the new panning and coating technology as the core driver for the rise.

This follows the substantial company growth seen in the previous two years as Sweetdreams started to accelerate its ambitious plans for the future.

The factory’s upgrade and implementation of new state of the art production technology has also been accompanied by recruitment across the business, including four new senior leadership roles.

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