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New Chocolate Brand Set To Suit Customers’ Tastes And Pockets

Original Post : Sunday Times - 15 May 2022 Recently opened factory plans to produce 20m bars in the next two years, employ 150 staff. Market research company Euromonitor said that, historically, consumers were loyal to brands owned by Mondelez SA, which makes Cadbury chocolates, and Nestle whose brands include Aero and KitKat. These manufacturers stood out as leaders of the chocolate confectionery industry, Euromonitor said. "However, in recent years value for money along with premium chocolate confectionery products launched in South Africa...

Local Willy Wonka Honoured With Role Model Award

Chartered accountant Mariam Tayob Cassim is “living the sweet life” after taking a leap of faith - that would eventually see her enterprise become one of the biggest candy manufacturers in the country. Based in Sunderland Ridge, Centurion, Richester Foods was founded in 2005 by Cassim and her husband Dr Hussein. 17 years later, the pair have built a sweet making powerhouse that is remnant of a candy haven. Richester has gained momentum year on year and the woman behind it all...

R20m investment in producing that valued commodity: chocolate

Local producer creates 50 new jobs, More staff expected as production of its Coco Bongo bar ramps up One of South Africa’s largest sweet and candy manufacturers, Richester Foods, has invested R20 million in new chocolate manufacturing facilities at its factory in Centurion in Gauteng. The owner-managed private company that started in 2005 already produces an extensive range of confectionery – including chewy and hard-boiled sweets, toffees, eclairs, lollipops, bubblegum, chewing gum, ball gum, marshmallows and sherbet – and describes itself as...

New locally produced chocolate bar takes on international brands at half the price

SA Confectionery giant, Richester Foods has launched a new 100% locally made chocolate for less than half the price of many competing international brands – Coco Bongo. The result of a R20 million investment in new chocolate manufacturing facilities near Pretoria, Coco Bongo first hit shelves nationwide in January this year. Coco Bongo features a smooth milk chocolate with a creamy centre, which combined with its compelling R2.50 price tag has seen the treat gain rapid popularity, selling over half a million...

New local chocolate bar sweetens South Africa – Coco Bongo

We’ve lost a few local chocolate soldiers over the past few years (a humble moment of silence for Chocolate Log) but hope is on the horizon thanks to a new locally produced chocolate, Coco Bongo. Richester Foods prides itself on the new chocolate delight with two powerful points beyond chocolatey goodness: Firstly, it’s 100% locally made, and secondly, it’s on sale for less than half the price of many competing international brands. The result of a R20 million investment in new chocolate...