Creative Confectionery, the UK maker of Kendal mint cakes, has ceased trading.
More than 100 staff at the company’s Elmsfield Business Park production facility in Carnforth have been laid off, local paper the Westmorland Gazette reports.
When just-food attempted to contact Creative Confectionery, the company’s phone line was disconnected. Access to the group’s website is also locked.
Creative Confectionery was founded last summer by Andrew Wilson, formerly managing director of Kendal mint cake maker JE Wilson & Sons. JE Wilson was founded in 1913 but had faced financial difficulties in recent years. Creative Confectionery was established to buy JE Wilson after the firm went into administration.
Creative Confectionery was formed with the financial backing of Bibby Financial Services. A spokesperson for the finance group told just-food that Bibby was unable to comment. However, the spokesperson added: “What happened to them doesn’t relate to funding. It is a private matter.”
The spokesperson confirmed that Bibby no longer has a relationship with Creative Confectionery.
The Kendal mint cake is a glucose-based confection flavoured with peppermint. It originates from Kendal in Cumbria. Alongside the Kendal mint cakes, Creative Confectionery produced other ranges such as truffles and macaroons, cans of chocolate worms and chocolate “droppings”.