Pecan Deluxe CANDY EUROPE (Leeds, Yorkshire) has invested in a new freezing tunnel.

The new equipment has enabled the company to manufacture chocolate truffles and cookie dough pieces, which were previously made in the US and imported.

Allan Dew, MD of the UK arm of Pecan Deluxe, says: "Investment in equipment and streamlining has enabled us to make much higher volumes and generate new products.

We are equipped to cope with huge volumes of business while retaining the artisan element."

The company now plans to launch the truffles in Japan.