Presenters Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey explored Swizzels’ New Mills factory, which operates 24 hours a day, and makes over a million sweets every day – 12 sweets every second.
The hour-long show described how the company’s 500 employees produced 165M Drumstick lollies and 1.75bn individual Love Hearts each year.
Swizzels md Jeremy Dee said: “We were delighted to welcome the BBC team into our factory in New Mills, Derbyshire. We have been manufacturing here since 1940, and are extremely proud of our British heritage.
‘Making Drumstick chews’
“During their three days with us, Gregg and Cherry rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into pressing Fizzers, making Drumstick chews and wrapping Double Lollies. We gave them a full tour of the factory so they could get an understanding of all the different processes we have in place to produce our huge range of products, from our classic Refresher chew bars and Parma Violets, to one of our more recent creations, Squashies.”
You can watch the programme on BBC iPlayer now.
Meanwhile, ‘Masterchef’ and ‘Inside the Factory’ presenter Wallace had also recently filmed for BBC One show ‘Eat Well For Less’. The programme, which aired last Monday (August 22), explored coffee specialist Lincoln & York’s roastery.
Wallace discovered the process of sourcing, roasting, packing and brewing coffee during the TV programme, which aims to help families improve the quality and reduce the cost of their weekly shop.
‘A great honour’
Lincoln & York marketing & communications officer Gina Reay said: “It was a great honour for Lincoln & York to be invited to feature in the BBC One show, not only to have Gregg Wallace and the crew on-site, but to play a part in educating the coffee-loving public on where coffee comes from.
“Gregg’s eyes were well and truly opened to the skill, care and attention to detail involved in roasting coffee and we hope the British public’s were as well.”
The show is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.
Swizzels – at a glance
- 1.75bn Love Hearts produced every year
- 24M bags of Rainbow Drops made last year
- 165M Drumstick lollies made last year