Dayton-area chocolate maker feels ‘prepared’ for upcoming holidays despite supply chain disruptions

Winans Chocolates + Coffees, a Piqua-based chocolates and coffee company said they feel “prepared” for upcoming holidays despite global supply chain disruptions affecting the chocolate industry.

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Winans Chocolates + Coffees, a Piqua-based chocolates and coffee company said they feel “prepared” for upcoming holidays despite global supply chain disruptions affecting the chocolate industry.

A Piqua-based chocolates and coffee company said they feel “prepared” for upcoming holidays despite global supply chain disruptions affecting the chocolate industry.

Dayton.com reached out to Winans Chocolates + Coffees after Hershey announced during a second quarter earnings conference call last week that they would not be able to fully meet consumer demand during the Halloween and Holiday seasons.

“Seasonal consumer engagement is expected to remain high, and we expect high single digit sales growth for both our Halloween and Holiday seasons,” said Michele Buck, CEO and Chairman of The Hershey Company. “Despite this strong growth, we will not be able to fully meet consumer demand due to capacity constraints.”

She explained during the call that many of their everyday and seasonal products are made on the same line. Over the past several months, they have had to balance production to improve everyday on-shelf availability and build seasonal inventory at the same time.

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The Hershey Company said they have also faced higher supply chain costs including raw materials, packaging and logistics.

Officials with Winans Chocolates + Coffees including CEO Wilson Reiser, COO Amy Snyder and Logistics Manager Elizabeth Ramirez told Dayton.com global supply chain disruptions have impacted how far in advance they need to plan.

“Currently, on products/items/ingredients that we need, we see longer lead times, higher costs, and general uncertainty on arrival timeframes,” they said. “Some of them have no guarantee of ever arriving.”

In recent months, Winans Chocolates + Coffees has had trouble acquiring raw peanuts. To meet demand, they explained they have had to switch to a few different suppliers. They added that packaging supplies such as cardboard has been hard to come by.

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“We’ve become more adaptable to circumstances outside our control, and we’re now confidently able to make the appropriate adjustments to plan for these instances,” they said. “From sourcing new suppliers, to finding equivalent ingredients, we’re doing everything that we can to ensure the excellent quality of our products while meeting demand.”

Winans Chocolates + Coffees added they feel prepared for the upcoming holidays. The Christmas season, Easter season and Valentine’s Day tend to be the busiest times of the year for the company.

“The holidays are our busiest time, and, because of that, we’ve planned ahead by submitting orders early and planning for disruptions,” they said.

Winans Chocolates + Coffees, founded in 1961, is known for their Buckeyes, Wurtles, Salted Caramels, Milk and Dark Chocolate Wetzels and Ms. Clara’s Toffee. The company has nearly 20 retail locations, with plans for more in the Western and Central Ohio area.

For more information, visit www.winanscandies.com.

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