Toms International is a Danish chocolate, liquorice and sugar confectionery producer, headquartered in Ballerup, Denmark. The company produces around 50,000 tons of chocolate and sugar confectionery annually which it supplies to customers in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom. The company employs around 1,200–1,700 people, depending on the season, and in 2021 generated revenues of DKK 1.6 billion.

Toms International
Company typePrivately held company
IndustryConfectionery production
FounderHans Trojel
Victor Hans Meyer
Area served
Key people
Annette Zeipel (CEO)
ProductsChocolates, liquorice and sugar confectionery
RevenueDKK 1.6 billion (2021)
DKK 80 million (2021)
SubsidiariesAnthon Berg
Footnotes / references

History edit

Founded in 1924 as Tom Chokoladefabrik A/S by Copenhagen chemists Hans Trojel and Victor Hans Meyer, the company is now a chocolate producer. Originally the chocolate was a side item for sale in the chemists' retail shop on Vesterbrogade in Copenhagen, the founders launched their own products on Prags Boulevard between 1925 and 1929.

The company was taken over by Victor B. Strand in 1942, who acquired the chocolate company Anthon Berg shortly after. In 1961, a new factory was designed by the famous Danish modernist architect Arne Jacobsen and consisted of a 22,000 m2 factory hall and a 3,000 m2 administration building on a site measuring 220,000 m2.

Around the time of the factory's completion in 1962, Toms acquired A/S J. Høeghs Lakrids og Sukkervarefabrikker, which shortly was renamed Pingvin Lakrids. Toms' final acquisition was that of A/S Galle & Jessen, in 1971.

In 2011, Toms acquired German company Hanseatische Chocolade GmbH and with it the company and chocolate brand Hachez.[3]

Ownership edit

The company is fully owned by Gerda og Victor B. Strands Fond.[4]

Brands edit

Stevia-sweetened wine gums produced by Toms (June 2016)
  • Anthon Berg – a corporate division within Toms International, the company produced a diverse variety of chocolate products.[5] The title "Purveyors to the Royal Danish Court" was awarded to Anthon Berg[6] in 1957.[citation needed]
  • Bogø Chokolade
  • Holly Bar
  • Nellie Dellies
  • Toms
  • Pingvin
  • Yankie Bar – a popular chocolate bar in Denmark composed of caramel, nougat, and milk chocolate

Galle & Jessen edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Annual Report 2021" (PDF). Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  2. ^ "European Candy Companies". Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Toms Gruppen A/S Acquires Hanseatische Chocolade | Mergr". Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Årsrapport 2010" (PDF) (in Danish). Toms Gruppen.
  5. ^ MC. The Manufacturing Confectioner. Manufacturing Confectioner. 1995. p. 91. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Liqueur-filled chocolates, anyone?". Daily News and Analysis India. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2017.

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