Kinnerton was established in 1978, named after the street where Clive Beecham, the founder, lived. Operating with a desk and a typewriter from a small office in Nottingham Place in London, Clive together with Andrew Sellers, a business colleague who joined at the start, created and marketed a small range of novelty confectionery products based around the Disney License which they had exclusively secured. Kinnerton was the first UK company to seriously base its confectionery offerings around the concept of character merchandising and from day one gained listings with many of the UK’s foremost Grocery and High Street Retailers.
Over the years the concept proved extremely successful and the character portfolio expanded to the point that well over 200 licensed characters have found their way into Kinnerton’s ranges of products. To this day, Kinnerton continues to be the clear leader in the field of character products created around Chocolate Confectionery.
In 1988 Kinnerton committed itself to a manufacturing base by buying one of its suppliers, Gilchris Confectionery, which had recently relocated its factory to Fakenham, Norfolk.
This move together with an on-going commitment to expansion, a unique approach to flexible production processes, combined with a ‘can-do’ attitude, allowed Kinnerton to develop as a major supplier of “own label” confectionery and to become one of the largest suppliers to most of the biggest names in retail as well as 3rd party manufacturers.
Kinnerton took steps to become the world’s first large scale, ‘nut free’ segregated factory with a £1,000,000+ investment aimed at making our chocolates ‘safe’ for the million or so people in the UK whose lives are affected by Nut Allergies.
In April 2005, Kinnerton became part of Zetar plc, an AIM listed company, which is a group comprising of two divisions, Confectionery and Natural & Premium Snacks. Kinnerton is the largest company in the Confectionery Division which also encompasses LIR in Ireland and Horsley Hick and Flower in York.
In 2012 Zetar plc was aquired by Zertus UK Holding Limited, a wholly owned subsidary of Zertus GmbH, a business founded in 1862. Zertus is a privately run company with holdings in the food and confectionery business within Europe.
The Company develops an extensive range of seasonal and everyday confectionery with a range that includes indulgent Count Lines, Clusters, Easter Eggs, Advent Calendars, chocolate bars, chocolate figurines as well as luxury and novelty shaped biscuits. On top of this we also manufacture bespoke products for many of the best known retailers around the world, encompassing France, Australia, Japan and the USA.
In recognition of our novel concepts and product development Kinnerton Confectionery has won the Lima Product License of the Year three times. We have also been awarded the Disney Licensee Sales Team of the Year 2009 and Tesco supplier award for a major all year round private label range.