From humble beginnings – In 1978 starting with just a desk, a very second hand Ford Cortina and a type-writer, Kinnerton Confectionery founders, Andrew Sellers and Clive Beecham, had the idea of making chocolates depicting the nation’s children’s favourite characters.

10 years later the business expanded into a factory in Norfolk, a unique and pioneering ‘nut free’ environment. We are proud to be one of the few UK confectionery companies that is able to offer ‘nut safe’ chocolate.

In 2013 Kinnerton became part of the Zertus GMBH Food group. A company that combines the market proximity and flexibility of medium-sized companies with strong capital resources and a global market presence.

At present, we supply most of the major retailers in Europe.




BRC Global Standards for quality, safety and operations


Rainforest Alliance Certified Conserving biodiversity and improving livelihoods


Sedex – supplier ethical date exchange, Year 3 no non-conformances


We have sent zero waste to landfill for 24 months


We believe in sustainable chocolate which is why we are partnering with Cargill Cocoa through the Cargill Cocoa Promise


The Zertus Group is an internationally operating group of companies specialising in confectionery and fine foods with seven independently operating subsideries in Germany and the UK.
Lir Chocolates is an award winning chocolatier that specialises in luxury boxed chocolates.
Humdinger produces innovative natural based solutions that range from cooking ingredients and dairy free chocolate to fruit and savoury based snacks.
Importhaus Wilms is Germany’s leading distributor of international confectionery and delicatessen brands.
Kinnerton Confectionery is Britain’s largest manufacturer of chocolate and novelty confectionery specialising in character licensing.
Dextro Energy produces and distributes energy products based on dextrose around the world under the Dextro Energy brand.
Kalfany Süße Werbung is Europe’s leading producer of tinned sweets, the market leader for be-spoke confectionery for promotional purposes and the exclusive manufacturer of Bären Company fruit gums.