A Cornish chocolate and fudge producer is planning to double production and to create 26 jobs thanks to a £500,000 investment.
St Ives-based County Confectionery is extending its kitchens and adding a second production line to meet levels of customer demand. The expansion will give the company the capacity to double fudge production at its kitchens on the Penbeagle Industrial Estate, where it employs 56 people.
Operations director Chris Brian said: "Our growth is being constrained not by a lack of demand but by our capacity to produce our products. This second fudge production line will significantly improve our manufacturing capacity and enable us to sell more product both at home and abroad."
The firm is also planning to increase its exports to around 25% of turnover, up from 16% at present. It currently sells its products into Canada, Australia, the Middle East and the Far East. It has secured some of the finance for the expansion from HSBC.