By SAM BUTLER
Crilly’s Sweets, a leading producer of quality confectionery, has launched a six-strong range of menthol cough drops ahead of the winter season for colds and sore throats.
The innovative range of Mr Crilly’s Throat and Cough drops is produced at the company’s plant in Newry, County Down, and features Honey and Lemon Menthol; Throat and Chest Menthol; Menthol and Eucalyptus; Blackcurrant Menthol; Cherry Menthol; and Peppermint Menthol. The sweets retail at £1 per bag.
The new menthol sweets are a logical extension of Crilly’s vast experience in developing and manufacturing boiled sweets and other confectionery for clients in the UK, Ireland and further afield, including China.
David Crilly, a director of the family business which has been operating in Newry since 1987, explains: “We’ve been working on the development of the menthol range for several years and have now produced a range of different flavours that customers are finding delicious and, of course, help in combating colds, chills and sore throats so common at this time of year, especially in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
“We’ve created a distinctive branding for the menthol range which reflects our family tradition in quality and tasty hard boiled sweets.
“And we are delighted with the very positive response from retailers here and further afield. As result, the novel range is now attracting firm orders from home and abroad,” he adds.
Crilly’s Sweets is owned by Crilco Confections Ltd, Ireland’s only manufacturer of quality boiled sweets and other confectionery.
The family-owned and managed business has invested extensively in its manufacturing and storage facilities and is widely respected worldwide for the quality of its confectionery and responsive customer services.
The company is one of a small number of boiled sweets producers in Great Britain.
In addition to growing business with pick and match stores in China, Crilly’s also sells confectionery to leading retailers in Britain, including Aldi, discounters B&M and Poundstretcher, and also exports to the Republic of Ireland, the US, Australia, Germany, Italy, France and the Czech Republic.
The company was started by Peter Crilly, the managing director, in 1974 and is now run with sons David and Ciaran.
It currently employs around 40 people in Newry.