British chocolatier, Sweetdreams Ltd, has invested £600,000 in its Northumberland based production facility to expand its panning and coating operation.

In January 2018 Sweetdreams Ltd launched a new 25,000sq ft factory, whilst also investing in a brand-new coating and panning line. Housed in a purpose-built unit allowing for controlled climate and humidity, Sweetdreams Ltd can now offer coatings including milk chocolate, plain chocolate, yoghurt, souring and coat anything from fudge, fruits and nuts, to sugar confectionery for bulk supply or inclusions.

Matt Stephenson, owner and managing director of Sweetdreams Ltd, said: “We introduced panning and coating as a new business to business service in January 2018 and it has already had a direct impact on our company performance.

“Our in-house team of experts work alongside clients to develop unique coated products, and technically engineer bespoke panning solutions, enabling them to expand their product ranges and meet customer demand for new and unusual tastes and textures as well as delivering traditional innovation and service for all their coating and panning needs.”

The investment in new technology and production equipment also allows the company to meet rising demand for niche products. Sweetdreams is currently working with customers on a wide range of new product development including functional protein foods, a range of vegan marshmallows and dairy-free products as well as high end confectionery sweets.