The two confectionery businesses will remain separate to create a ‘clearly differentiated proposition’

Lanchester Wines-owned confectioner Bon Bon’s has acquired HF Chocolate, an importer, distributor and wholesaler of fine chocolate and novelties.

The businesses will continue to be run separately to create a “clearly differentiated proposition”.

“The addition of HF Chocolates to our business underlines our ongoing commitment to the luxury confectionery market,” Bon Bon’s managing director Steve Campbell said.

“Both businesses are focused on the independent speciality food sector and our purchase of HF Chocolates will mean all customers in this sector will continue to benefit from two very distinct business and product offerings, while enjoying the high levels of customer service and innovation that the market has come to expect from Bon Bon’s.”

The two brands will sit within Lanchester Wines’ gifts unit, which supplies a variety of gift box formats to retail businesses – including high street chains and online stores. The wine bottler acquired Bon Bon’s in 2017.

Established in 1957 and taken over by Stephen Pain and Thelma Benke in 1999, HF Chocolates’ clients include department stores, retail multiples and independent shops.

After 20 years, the pair decided to sell the business to retire. They will work alongside the team at Bon Bon’s to ensure a smooth handover.

“We have known Bon Bon’s for some time and believe its reputation for quality mirrors our own,” said Pain.

“It was vital that our business’ new owners shared our passion and commitment to both quality and customer service, and we believe we’ve found the right custodians for our business as it moves into its next chapter.”