Adding value to your business
With a dedicated team of experts in each key area, J&K have the ability to offer ‘Total Business Development’ in collaboration with its manufacturing partners and customers.

We provide full project management to an industry leading standard, guiding and supporting through every stage of our process. Which, in turn, allows us to meet the demands of our customers by delivering value without compromising quality or retailer margin.

Complete customer satisfaction is our goal.

Adding value to your business
With a dedicated team of experts in each key area, J&K have the ability to offer ‘Total Business Development’ in collaboration with its manufacturing partners and customers.

We provide full project management to an industry leading standard, guiding and supporting through every stage of our process. Which, in turn, allows us to meet the demands of our customers by delivering value without compromising quality or retailer margin.

Complete customer satisfaction is our goal.

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Our story

With over 40 years' experience working with confectionery greats such as Mars, Suchard and Swizzels Matlow, there is little our founder and Chairman John Derbyshire doesn't know about supplying sweets and chocolate.

Identifying a gap in the market for a more personal kind of distribution of confectionery products from Europe into the UK, John founded J&K Confectionery in 2003 to offer total business development and expertise to his UK retailer customers.

A family affair

John’s idea was fully embraced by his family, and his wife Kath (the ‘K’ in J&K!) soon came on board to run the financial side of the business, by utilising her career in finance spanning over 20 years, including a key role with the Tidy Britain Group. Shortly after, John’s eldest son Chris, with his vast experience in National Account Management, including the set-up of Haagen Dazs in the UK, joined the business. Closely followed by youngest son Mike, who added value with his Category Management knowledge and Marketing experience from leading FMCG manufacturers Princes and Georgia Pacific.

John, Chris and Mike are all still very much part of running J&K today as Chairman, General Manager and Managing Director respectively.

M&S Launch J&K

With the team in place, a strong partnership with Marks and Spencer was quickly formed, and this relationship remains as solid to this day. The business soon expanded significantly, and it was clear that a bigger team would be needed to keep up with demand. So John et al set about sourcing the best talent to ensure the business achieved its goals and was fit for the future, with people at the heart of the business.

 

A collective of experts

J&K is now bursting with experts in all areas of the business. We have a full technical team led by James, whose invaluable experience in retail giant Asda ensures our team remains dynamic, and our quality standards are never compromised. Sophie heads up our commercial team, and with her sales knowhow at Univar and unrivalled account management abilities, our customers are certainly in good hands. Jayne leads the J&K development team, and uses her skills developing biscuits, cakes, confectionery and desserts at Park Cakes and Hain Daniels to ensure all J&K products are on trend, innovative and delicious! Combine all of this with an industry leading supply chain team and assured finance management to keep everything running smoothly, and you have a winning team!

Our Values

1.

We do the right thing.

3.

We bring
positive energy.

5.

We never settle.

2.

We build valuable realtionships.

4.

We champion our customer, and their customer.

6.

We can & we do.

1.

We do the right thing.

2.

We build valuable realtionships.

3.

We bring
positive energy.

4.

We champion our customer, and their customer.

5.

We never settle.

6.

We can & we do.

Say hello to the Senior Team at J&K

Head of Development Jayne Edge
Head of Technical James Shelley
Head of Commercial Sophie McFerran
General Manager Chris Derbyshire
Chairman John Derbyshire
Managing Director Mike Derbyshire