Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Chocolates & Sweets 17.9.1991

Fazer is one of the largest corporations in the Finnish foodindustry. The company was originally founded by Karl Fazer in 1891, as a "French-Russian conditory" in central Helsinki. Today, it employs over ten thousand people in Finland as well as Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Baltic countries, the United Kingdomand Russia. Fazer's production is divided into four major areas:
§ Fazer Amica, a chain of work-place restaurants
§ Fazer bakeries, producing various kinds of bread
§ Candyking, shop-inshop pick 'n' mix confectionery concept
§ Fazer Café, a chain of cafes. The main Fazer café is on Kluuvikatu in Helsinki. There is a counter where one can order things and then sit down in the front. There is also a back area where one can be served by a waiter. The areas are separated by an entrance area that sometimes has some kind of exhibit, as well as another counter, just for buying chocolates. They are known for their chocolate flavored tea.
Pantteri is a popular brand ofsalmiakki candies by Fazer (now byCloetta Fazer). Particularly Fazer's classic chocolate (Fazerin Sininen maitosuklaa) is famous throughout Finland, and the blue colour of its wrapper has been used by Fazer as a symbol for the whole product line. Fazer has bought a few other companies, including Finnish Chymos and Danish Perelly. The confectionery line was merged with its Swedish competitor Cloetta in 2000, to become Cloetta Fazer, though the merger lasted only until 2008 before the two brands were separated back to independent companies. Later, Fazer Keksit (which made biscuits) was sold to Danone. It was renamed as LU Suomi. Pia sent me this lovely FDC commemorating the 100th Year of this very popular company.
The origins of Fazer Group lie in a family company founded in 1891 when confectioner Karl Fazer opened his first “French-Russian conditory", a café in Helsinki (Kluuvikatu 3). Today Fazer offers meals and bakery and confectionery products, and operates in eight countries. Fazer has several well-known and dearly loved brands, many of which were born already in the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Among these classics are Mignon, Kiss-Kiss, Wiener Nougat and Geisha. Over the years, Fazer’s brand portfolio has grown and now it also covers bakery products and cafés and restaurants. In addition to Fazer, also brands like Karl Fazer, Amica and Oululainen create taste sensations today. The common factor still remains the high quality of products and services, delicious taste and best ingredients.
FAZER Kiss-Kiss 180g. Kiss Kiss is one of the first ever candies produces in Finland. It was first introduced to the public in 1897 and it became a trademark in 1901.

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