Christmas chocolates revealed from Mars

This Christmas season sees Mars UK set with a wide range of products in different sizes and price points, so there’s something for everyone! The creations provide a seasonal twist on the public’s favourite chocolates.

With a company that sells 3 confectionery products every second during the Christmas period in the UK, it’s exciting for all to introduce these new treats, and there’s always room for more inventions.

Malteasers Merryteaser Reindeer and mini Reindeer sharing bags are fun sized bags at a low cost. Malteasers Teasers will now be available in box format, introducing the all important and most popular sharing aspect of chocolates at Christmas.

Mars states that Celebrations are the “number one selling tub and pouch brand”. Now, the Celebrations range also includes a new Gift Box. Aside from Maltesers Teasers and Celebrations boxes, Mars has also introduced a Peanut M&M’s box and the classic Maltesers box.

New advent calendars are also available including Malteasers Merryteaser, Galaxy and standard Mars. A great range of large selection boxes and tube boxes are now on the market including Galaxy and Malteasers. A new Snickers selection box has also been added to the range.

Mars UK welcomes ‘New Year, New Choices’ chocolate campaign in 2018

An exciting new ‘lifestyle’ campaign has been announced from Mars UK to promote the 2017 launched bars Goodness Knows, as well as Mars protein and Snickers protein varieties in the new year, 2018.

Goodness knows has been a great hit this year, since being released. Mars will be promoting the bars further with new television ads in the upcoming year, so expect to see a lot more of the bars to come!

Snickers will also be promoted with their new advertisements and campaigns, supported by new media investments and funds. The protein variants will be featured on sports websites too.

Mars have said that they are hoping that these ‘lifestyle’ snacks will give the public more variety when snacking on the go.


Nestle to reduce sugar content in confectionery

Nestle has announced that they will be sticking to their plans of reducing 10% of total sugar from their confectionery by 2018 in the UK and Ireland.

It has been said that the cut is inspiring by the rising levels of sugar in products since 2015. It has also been implied that if certain steps are not taken to reduce sugar levels, a government driven tax may need to be introduced. To get an idea of reduction in mass, it will total around 7,500 tonnes. This will affect many well known and well loved chocolate bars including KitKat, Lion, Quality Street, Toffee crisp, Rolo, Aero, Munchies and Yorkie.

In order to achieve these goals, nestle have said that instead of replacing with artificial sweeteners, they will be replacing the sugar with higher amounts of existing ingredients or alternative non artificial ingredients, which will allow the calories to remain lower. The aim is to keep the taste as similar as possible and making minimal compromises on the great taste. Another option will the that the sizes will be made smaller, this will mean that the taste is affected the least, whilst still remaining true to cutting sugar and calories.

Another key point has been that Nestle have stated that they have come to a key breakthrough in food science research which will allow them to reduce sugar content by up to 40%. The basis of this is that scientists have claimed to find a way to structure sugar differently within the confectionery. This has been welcomed and encouraged by Public Heath England.

Nestle are said to feel proud to commit to making healthy changes to their products and begin to trial their findings and efforts, sending a positive message out to ensure that confectionery can keep its great taste whilst cutting sugar content.

A more sustainable future for Cocoa production

Members of Cocoa & Forests Initiative has announced plans to take action against ending cocoa driven deforestation, a problem that has arisen and becomes more apparent in recent years. This has come about after pledges made at the UN climate Change conference and involves big brands like Mars, Nestle and Hershey.

The focus has been discussed and aims to underline growing more cocoa, but all the while using less land. This has been committed with companies at the conference in Germany. This will highlight increasing cocoa production on sustainable land, and to help diversify crops. This will in turn help farmers heighten their earnings and ultimately reduce the high demands
and pressure on our forests.

The areas that are affected are National parks, and reserves and sourcing will continue for 25 years, under the new system that has been discussed. It hopes to restore those affected
forests to a healthy state.

Companies that have been sourcing from those areas commit to 100% traceability by the end of 2019, which means easier monitoring of the forests and their long term health. Some of which who have committed already include, Nestle, Mars, Sainsburys, Ferrero, Hershey and
Godiva among others. Companies are also told they must publicly disclose individual
action plans by the end of 2018.

The chocolate industry and the governments are now finally setting about the task in a serious
way to help out forests whilst helping those involved and continuing our cocoa
production in sustainable ways.

Success in Northern Ireland

Snack in the Box has long been established in Northern Ireland and we asked our Franchise Manager, Stuart Boyd, who works alongside our Franchisees in the area, for some further details.

“We currently have 3 Franchisees in Northern Ireland, each one having their own specific area. They all operate as ‘sole traders’, with some back up from family members.
Over 400 customers are serviced on a regular basis and the annual sales revenue our Franchisees collectively achieve is over £350,000!”

Desi Kennedy, who operates in the Southern part of Northern Ireland, adds…

“Being a Snack in the Box franchise in Northern Ireland has many rewards.
Working in your own time as your own boss, delivering crisps, chocolate bars, and soft drinks to the working public sees you in many different work places, such as car washes, garages, banks, factories, offices of all types - this gives you the opportunity to converse with all walks of life.
In my own area of Northern Ireland I have the pleasure of covering the very scenic east coast which sits under the beautiful Mourne Mountains that sweeps down to the sea!
For me it is a very pleasurable business - meeting people and having great ‘craic’ at the same time. I enjoy the Franchise immensely and would recommend it to anyone”
 David Skelton – Northern Ireland Franchisee – “what a great range of products!”

David Skelton – Northern Ireland Franchisee – “what a great range of products!”

Welcome to latest Snack in the Box franchisee

Our latest new franchisee is Stephen Bundy who has taken over the areas of Fife, Perth and Dundee in the east of Scotland.


Stephen has considerable experience of both the hospitality and licensing trades but decided it was time to take back control of his working life and run a business for himself. He wanted something that was simple and with a proven track record and ideally something that didn’t require any real previous knowledge or technical expertise.

Since training in the middle of September, Stephen has had a very busy month taking over an existing estate of more than 60 machines and with a box launch of 60 further new customers.

Things are now starting to settle into a routine which he’s been craving since the beginning and can finally happen with the new sites established.

He knows that much work lies ahead to develop the business that he wants, and is prepared for that, but the early signs are very promising.

Celebrate with Chocolate Week 2017

Chocolate week sees the 13th consecutive yearly celebrations this week from 9th – 15th October, 2017. Hundreds of events are expected across the UK, with the country’s top chocolatiers and chocolate companies, hotels and restaurants celebrating.

We can expect talks, tastings, demonstrations and sampling, as well as lots of exciting product launches.

This week aims to promote our beloved chocolate, with all of its flavour and variety and also favour independent chocolatiers and companies who work directly with cocoa farmers to encourage a more cost efficient process.

Chocolate week has been organised by Sylvie Douce and Francois Jeantet who are organsiers of the Salon du Chocolat around the world, including the London Chocolate Show held this week, showcasing many important brands and companies.

The show is expected to see 30,000 chocolate fans, in its fifth year. It will be showcasing many UK companies, as well as international and European companies. There will also be demonstrations, talks and workshops so plenty to get stuck into for chocolate fans everywhere.

Why not celebrate in style this year and get baking or inventing with your favourite snacks?

Snack in the Box continues to 'drive' success with its Franchisees

As part of our initial operational support, Snack in the Box provides our new Franchisees with customer ‘routing’ assistance. Using specialist software, we are able to plot a Franchisees customer visits for each day.

The software plots the quickest route for the days ‘customer visits’, which allows new Franchisees to maximise the number of customers that can be visited in one day and in-turn maximise their sales revenues. 


Sean Cleveland, Sales Director of SITB, adds:

“Our New Franchisees find this area of support invaluable, as it ensures all customers are visited and provides Franchisees with a set route and ‘call plan’. We provide this service to Franchisees during their first month of trading, as it can be quite daunting visiting over 30 customers in day!”

Four benefits Chocolate can offer

There is scientific evidence showing that chocolate has the feel-good factor, as many of us already know! This is due to it’s mood elevating ingredients, like caffeine, theobromine, tyrosine and tryptophan, complimenting its delicious yet moreish taste.

This is why it’s so important to hold chocolate consumption as part of a well balanced and healthy diet, as it can also contribute to obesity and other health problems when eaten in excess. Dark chocolate boasts the highest cocoa solid content, offering more health benefits than milk chocolate with lower fat content and also contains antioxidants. So what other benefits can it offer?

Improving mood

Aspects of chocolate stimulate the feel-good areas of the brain – including the taste, smell and texture we all know and love. Interestingly, chocolate also contains tryptophan, which is an amino acid that helps activate the production of serotonin (the brain’s natural anti-depressant). Some experts have said that it can produce similar feelings to when we fall in love.

Heart health

When eaten in moderation, chocolate can actually lower blood pressure, thin the blood (reducing stroke risks) and also act as an anti-inflammatory. This is due to the chocolates flavonoids, which widen and relax blood vessels, in turn helping to lower blood pressure in some instances.

Calms a cough

This is an unusual fact which many people may not know! Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine which has been researched to suppress coughing by responding to the vagus nerve. This is where messages are carried from the central nervous system to the brain.

Benefits for your brain

Epicatechin which is found in cocoa and green tea can help protect the brain against the formation of stick proteins or amyloid plaques, which usually develop in such diseases as Alzheimer’s.

Welcome to our new SITB franchisees

Liam Maher - Humberside

Liam Maher joined SITB at the beginning of August and has taken over the Humberside and North Lincolnshire areas


Liam’s background is in IT and Project Management and he has spent much of his working life in the US. When he decided to return to the UK he was looking for a business, rather than a job, and looked at a number of franchise opportunities. He chose Snack-In-The-Box as it incorporated the things that he most enjoys; dealing with people and driving.

So far so good… Liam’s wife, Angela, has been playing her part as has their daughter, so they are all starting to understand the business and its potential. Liam is certainly enjoying the challenge of the early weeks and is looking forward to growing the business over the coming months and years.

Imran Saeed - Teeside

Imran joined the SITB team at the beginning of August this year and has now found his feet in time for the very busy months ahead. Imran has taken over responsibility for the Teeside area travelling up to Durham and down into North Yorkshire.


With a family history of owning businesses, Imran knew that he wanted to follow this same path. His background is in Accounting, but realising it was time for a change, he’d previously looked at Snack In The Box but the time hadn’t been right. However, a few years later, he looked again and found that the existing business in his area was available to purchase, and so he decided that he couldn’t turn down this opportunity. Imran has already been involving additional family members in the running of the business so it’s a real family affair.

Imran’s initial thoughts about this business were that it was something which had a great business model but nothing too complicated and where he could use all of his experience from previous jobs and earn a good living from it now, and in the future.

His aim now is to continue the great customer service and make sure he’s providing what each and every customer wants in order to make it into a profitable franchise that supports his family and provides the balance he’s been looking for.