Beech's Fine Chocolates, makers of traditional British chocolates since 1920, was founded in Preston, Lancashire by Edward Collinson, whose family had already operated a chain of successful tea and grocery shops since the late 1800's. Since then and over the last 91 years, the company has expanded its operations throughout the UK and Ireland, selling a full range of quality products to individual retailers and supermarket multiples. The company is renowned for the unique quality and traditional taste of its chocolates that are packaged under the Beech's brand, and on behalf of a number of well know high street retailers of distinction. During that period of growth and expansion, the business changed hands many times and has been in the ownership of some very large UK and European food groups including Supercook and Renshaw Scott. Today, the company is privately owned by Andrew Whiting, Chairman and Robert White, Managing Director, both highly experienced in the confectionery sector, who acquired the business between them in 2007 to bring it back into profitability through a strategy of developing new brands and products in partnership with new and existing customers. This was successfully achieved within 12 months and Beech's now looks forward to the future with renewed energy to delivery both existing products alongside a range of exciting new products and package designs, specifically tailored for the quality retail end of the market. Despite modernisation of the business, the factory in Preston has retained most of the traditional manufacturing methods, using natural raw material ingredients and no artificial colours or flavours. Our own unique recipe of deliciously balanced milk and dark chocolates, which contain 30% and 55% cocoa solids respectively, perfectly complement the wonderful range of centres that are cherished by a loyal and still rapidly growing customer base. In product design and development, Beech's has the capability to work alongside our customers to develop a quality product of excellent value at a price point target.