Our national love of chocolate is illustrated daily - not only by the volume of sales, but also the vast array of merchandise and social media memes that surrounds the UK’s favourite sweet treat. People in the UK spend £4 billion each year on chocolate, while the average consumption of chocolate for each person in Britain equates to 9.5 kg of the delicious stuff per year.
Since the cocoa bean first found its way to these shores, the Brits have devoured chocolate in various forms. Hot chocolate houses in London were the Dickensian forerunners of the modern coffee house phenomenon. The first full-scale chocolate factory in the UK was back in the mid-1800s.
If you are passionate about choccy in all its forms and types, starting a business producing and selling it can bring the sweet taste of success, especially if you are backed by an established brand name. It’s certainly a versatile business sector – for the gift market, everyday use, as a basis for drinks, alone or combined with other confectionery. That’s not to say it is plain sailing though, and having the backing and support of a franchiser can ensure you secure a big chunk of your local market for chocolate. A chocolate franchise business means potential brand familiarity but also help with equipment, supply chain, technology, business management and adherence to food hygiene laws.
Among the companies currently looking for new franchise partners are My Chocolate Explosion and a business to create personalised chocolate products called MySwissChoco. There is also Harpers Chocolate Bouquets to consider. For a full chocolate café concept, there is My Chocolate Room, and another business looking for UK partners is well known high street retailer Thorntons.
Clearly life - and business – is like a box of chocolates, with lots of sweet deals to tempt you. Make the right selection for your chocolate franchise by contacting us.