Jijona, Alicante (18-04-2016).- Confectionary Holding, the parent company of Almendra y Miel S.A and Chocolate & Trufa, owners of brands such as 1880, Doña Jimena, El Lobo, and Imperial Toledana, closed its 2015-2016 fiscal year with an increase in overall sales and a turnover of 31 million euros in its final consumer-focused agri-food division.
Confectionary Holding continues to report positive growth rates, thanks to constant innovation in its new product development and also to its international expansion. Exports to existing markets (mainly South America) rose by 18%, and 20% of total production was earmarked for foreign markets, with the company now exporting to more than 50 countries across five continents.
According to management at the agri-food group, one of the reasons for the growth is the new trend in consumption of Christmas fare, which favours higher value-added products, which “bring functionality to consumption, greater choice at the table, and innovation and quality”.
A breakdown of the different brands shows the strongest sales growth at 1880, thanks to the launch of 4 Bandejas 1880, with Bandeja Selección 1880 being named Innovation Product of the Year 2016. In addition to the traditional classic nougat bars, Bandejas 1880 combined the most popular and characteristic products in the different Christmas fare ranges: nougats, marzipans, Christmas sweets, and chocolates.
There were also upbeat results and growth rates from the group’s other brands, such as Turrones El Lobo, Doña Jimena, and Imperial Toledana, which all played their part through their respective channels in the Group’s 30% sales growth.
From the 25th to the 28th of April, Confectionary Holding will be exhibiting at Alimentaria, the International Food and Beverage Fair in Barcelona, in order to boost the international exposure of its new products.
Bolstered by its Innovation Product of the Year 2016 award, it will be presenting its product, 4 Bandejas 1880. Together with Bandeja Selección 1880, it will be exhibiting Bandeja de Mazapanes 1880, Bandeja de Dulces de Navidad, and Bandeja de Chocolates.
In terms of product innovation, it is worth highlighting the gluten-free product Marquesas Sin Gluten, 1880 for celiac sufferers, the new Praliné de Chocolate con Galleta María El Lobo, and the new El Lobo truffle range.
Novelties at Doña Jimena will include the traditional Polvorones (crumble cakes), Mini Mantecados (puff pastries), Roscos de Anís (anise ring biscuits) and pastries, the traditional Sweet Selection, The Homemade Specialty Selection, and the Bombones Doña Jimena Selection.
Confectionary Holding at the Alimentaria Fair: Pabellón 2 Stand C165