Skinny Candy - a sugarfree confectionery range developed by Coffee Republic founder Sahar Hashemi - is poised to announce a listing in Waitrose stores.

The brand, which was launched last year and is available in Harvey Nichols and Harrods, has been repackaged for the mass market. Waitrose is expected to have the lines on shelf in the new year. All the products contain sugar substitute malitol, made from fruit and vegetable carbs.