The History of Beech's Fine Chocolates
Beech’s Fine Chocolates is a 100% family owned business. The company was founded in 1920 in Preston in Lancashire and since then has continued to make high quality British made gourmet chocolates to sell throughout the UK.
Many of our staff have worked at Beech’s for decades and nearly everyone in Preston seems to know a relative or someone else who has at some time worked at Beech’s. The longest serving 20 members of staff have a combined employment time of over 600 years !
In 2015 Beech’s “revamped” all our packaging and received praise from fashion magazines and from our loyal customers. We also upgraded our milk chocolate recipe for 2016, resulting in a smoother, more chocolatey taste than ever before. Our milk chocolate is now 35% cocoa solids and is “conched” or refined down to a much smaller particle size which increases the “burst of chocolate flavour” and gives it a much silkier texture.
Our dark chocolate has also been improved for 2016. It too is now higher in cocoa content at just under 60% and with much smaller particle size. This has given all our products an enhanced and superior smoothness, texture and taste.
Where to buy our products ; We have the online shop where we offer discounts and special deals to Beech’s subscribers. On the website you can buy the whole range of our products and we have stockists all over the UK in delicatessens, quality retailers and confectionery shops. At the moment we are opening 10 new stockists a week. We also sell on QVC and there are many excellent value “pack deals” available from the QVC website or when the Gourmet Food days are live on air.
All our products are made entirely from Natural Ingredients and our products, even those with different centres and inclusions, are all gluten free. All our products are suitable for Vegetarians and many of our dark chocolate products are suitable for Vegans and carry the Vegan Society logo.
TRADE : Become a stockist if you are not already. The new packaging and recipes have combined to produce a much stronger presence in store and since we started making regular appearances on television (QVC and BBC) we welcome all enquiries from retailers to become new stockists. Beech’s is a BRC Grade A factory.
Our Beech’s brand is our largest turnover but we also make private label products for the more discerning retailer who is looking for products made from natural ingredients and top quality chocolate. Our Beech’s products can be found in delicatessens all over the country, specialist chocolatiers and often in stores such as Waitrose, John Lewis, Harrods, Booths, Mr Simms and many more. We make fine chocolates and components for other quality “brands” and we are always looking for new business and new distribution partners, in the UK and Overseas. Contact us for more information and special start up deals for new stockists.