Our Chocolate Factory

Our wonderful world of Chocolate!

We are one of the leading chocolate manufacturers in the UK with over 130 years experience.

We specialise in making fine British milk and dark chocolates for the Catering, Retail, Corporate and Private Label markets. 

Our purpose built chocolate factory in the heart of Yorkshire produces over 10 million chocolates per week!

Have a peek inside our factory, check out the video!

 

Our Manufacturing Process


Our main processes include chocolate enrobing, depositing, wafer thin layering, high speed foil wrapping, foil and band wrapping and flow wrapping. In addition we print all our own foil blocked chocolate wrappers. Fudge manufacturing also takes place.

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Chocolate Neapolitans wrapping machine in action in Whitakers Chocolates manufacturing plant in the UK. Image shows chocolate being wrapped with gold foil then finished with a burgundy paper wrapper.
Dark chocolate being deposited into round moulds in the Whitakers Chocolates manufacturing plant in the UK
Fondant centres being passed along a belt ready to be enrobed with Whitakers Chocolates signature Fairtrade dark chocolate
Chocolate Neapolitan wrapping machine in action with finished goods dropping into a box at the end of the production belt
Freshly made all butter fudge being hand poured from a copper pan onto a setting table ready to be cut into squares
Freshly foiled gold discs of dark chocolate and mint crisps moving down a production belt in the Whitakers Chocolates UK factory ready to be hand placed into retail and catering packaging.
Whitakers Chocolates warehouse facility in the UK. Packed and palleted finished goods stored in bays awaiting collection or dispatch

Our Warehouse


Our 20,000 Sq ft purpose-built, temperature controlled warehouse & distribution houses all finished goods and packaging in separate areas. Stock is very carefully managed and we have capacity to store over 2,200 pallets at any one time.

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Health & Safety

Whitakers Chocolate factory supervisor conducting a spot check on the dark chocolate Fondant cream production line

We're Serious About Health & Safety

Hygiene and food safety is our number one priority (as well as making delicious chocolates of course!). Through years of experience and with comprehensive quality assurance management systems, we continually meet legal and customer requirements. We achieve this by implementing a strict set of food manufacturing practices, both internally developed procedures and external audits.

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Protecting Our Customers

BRC Certification (AA) - The Quality Assurance System is certified against the British Retail Consortium Global Food Standard (BRC).

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (H.A.C.C.P.) - Whitakers adopts a HACCP management plan which facilitates continual improvement of food and safety alongside potential hazards associated with each process step.

Allergen Management - Whitakers have developed a system for managing allergens which may be present within raw materials. Strict control via supplier approval ensures that identification is sought and advice can be given.

Identification & Product Traceability - Whitakers are able to trace all raw materials and packaging from our suppliers through manufacturing and despatch to our customer and vice versa.

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Contact Us

To find out more about our chocolate factory or discuss our contract manufacturing solutions, please contact our friendly team who'd be happy to help!.

Whitakers Chocolates has been making traditional British chocolates at our factory in Skipton since 1889. Everything produced in our UK chocolate factory is made under the highest food safety regulations and uses only the finest and natural ingredients. Our chocolate and raw materials come from sustainable sources and most of our chocolate products use Fairtrade Cocoa, are gluten free and palm oil free. In addition we have a large range of vegan chocolates, all are registered with the Vegan Society. In line with our sustainability goals, all our packaging is widely recyclable or home compostable with minimal plastics. 

As one of the UK's leading chocolate manufacturers, we export our chocolates across the globe to Europe, Canada and beyond. So if you are looking to become a stockist, export British chocolates or are looking for a chocolate manufacturer to create your own chocolate brand, we're here to help. Our milk chocolate, dark chocolate, Fairtrade chocolate, vegan chocolates and gluten free chocolate products are available in retailbulk catering packsprivate labelwhite labelwholesale and exports

From boxed chocolate giftspersonalised giftsbulk chocolate catering packs, individually wrapped chocolates to branded corporate gifts - we supply individuals and businesses, big and small in the UK and around the world. 

Spend £40 or over & receive FREE UK Mainland delivery (no weekend deliveries)

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