Loughborough (PRWEB UK) 6 December 2013
In the wake of the horsemeat scandal and greater public awareness of the health and environmental benefits of a meat-less diet, it is no surprise that vegetarianism is on the rise. In relation to these trends, the vegetarian sweet industry has experienced a significant boost, according to the purchasing director at confectionery specialists Hancocks, Jonathan Summerley.
As stockists of a vast range of sweets and chocolate, Hancocks have responded to the latest trends with a special dietary category on the website and in their cash and carries. The ‘dietary’ category showcasing vegetarian sweets alongside other sweets designed for different dietary requirements, including halal approved and sugar free sweets.
Commenting on the veggie trend, Summerley says “More people are embracing vegetarianism, whether for religious reasons or on principle. However, there may be concerns about traces of gelatine could mean that vegetarians are apprehensive about consuming sweets. By clearly labelling the sweets that are vegetarian on your website or in their shops, retailers can relieve any apprehensions vegetarian customers may have about gelatine-based sweets. This is exactly what we do on our wholesale confectionery website to help our customers.”
In addition to this, Summerley suggests that retailers have everything to gain (including great margins and customer loyalty) by stocking vegetarian sweets.
“Sweet shops, confectionery businesses and street retailers can really benefit from offering a wide range of vegetarian sweets. As a genuine alternative to gelatine-products, our wholesale vegetarian sweets offer retailers the chance to develop a real point of difference; vegetarian sweets should be clearly labelled and appropriately designated, so great care must be taken to ensure that vegetarians are being sold the right sweets without any trace of gelatine.”
“If a retailer goes to great pains to make sure their vegetarian sweet section is accurately presented, and stocked with a wide selection, they can expect great things from a growing market.”
In fact, many of Hancocks’ most popular wholesale sweets are suitable for vegetarians, with the likes of pear drops, jelly beans, rhubarb and custard sweets, fizzy cola bottles, liquorice wheels, vanilla fudge all featured in Hancocks Vegetarian Sweets Collection. You can view the full, comprehensive vegetarian selection under the ‘Dietary’ category of the Hancocks Trade website, as featured on the top navigational bar.
Supplying pick and mix, American candy, branded and own-brand sweets and much more, Hancocks are a well-established specialist of UK wholesale sweets, helping sweets shops and other confectionery sellers to stock a vast array of different products, from vintage favourites to novelty items. Hancocks’ range of vegetarian sweets are available online at http://www.hancocks.co.uk or to bulk purchase at any one of its 20 cash and carries located across the UK.