Purchase of a modern packaging system to meet customer demands of a confectionery manufacturer.
Crilco Confections Ltd is a family owned business in operation since 1974. The business manufacturers and packs in- house confectionery (which is manufactured on site) and bought-in wholesale confectionery. The business is known as a manufacturer and contract packer in the confectionery trade. The end product is retail ready packets of sweets that are sold to retail points or wholesalers. The business also produces a limited range of own branded sweets ‘Crilly’s Sweets’ for local market i.e. Northern Ireland. Increasingly the existing customers expressed a demand for alternative packaging and larger quantities.
Funded under Axis 3, through SOAR, and in order to meet the demands of existing customers, the applicant purchased a modern integrated packaging system which produced pre-weighted packaged bags of sweets for retail, for the various customers. The new machine is able to produce larger quantities and a wider range of packaging types to suit the growing customer base.
The investment in larger commercial infrastructure has led to:
The applicant is also a client of InvestNI who stated that the business has developed well with a strong export focus.