When it opened back in 2013 the site created 10 new jobs in the area, and the team has now doubled currently standing at 21. Fudge Kitchen MD, Sian Holt, won a £110,000 interest-free loan from the Expansion East Kent scheme - using money from the £35m Regional Growth Fund - to enable the project to go ahead. The firm was identified as having high growth potential by BSK-CIC, the Rochester-based business support organisation, and given advice throughout the bidding process.
"We are delighted to celebrate this significant milestone in our company's history," said Ari Langham, Production Manager. "The success of our production site is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, who consistently strive to produce high-quality confectionery products that are distributed throughout Europe and beyond."
With cutting-edge technology and a commitment to quality, the company said it has been able to develop a diverse portfolio of confectionery offerings, including gourmet fudge pieces, chocolate enrobed honeycomb, decadent caramels, and more.
Over the past decade, Fudge Kitchen has not only established itself as a prominent player in the confectionery industry but has also actively contributed to the local community and demonstrated its commitment to sustainability through various initiatives at the production site.
Fudge Kitchen initially began in the 1990s with fudge shops in Blackpool and Bath before expanding to another four historic UK cities, including York in the north of England. The confectioners have also set up an Aylesham production site to develop a new wholesaling arm of the business, allowing them to export and sell internationally.