A Quick History of Keylink
Our story began way back in the late 1960s when Fred Waldman, an Export Sales Manager for a Sheffield steel company, used to bring back fancy European chocolates from his trips abroad.
The chocolates were fresh cream filled and so popular that Fred and his wife Sue decided to set up a business importing them. From these humble beginnings Keylink was born and became the first company to import fresh cream Belgian chocolates by air freight to the UK (Manchester).
The family owned business grew by supplying luxury confectionery from Europe and other chocolate related items for local chocolatiers. Over the years, ingredients, equipment and accessories were added to Keylink’s fast developing range to support chocolate manufacture.
In 1991 Sanjeev Ramchandani took over the company and by 2000 the confectionery side of the business had been wound down to focus on expanding and developing further ingredients, equipment, packaging and accessories for chocolate work in the UK and Europe.
Keylink has been a distributor for Rémy Cointreau Gastronomie, a partner in Premium Gastronomie, for more than 25 years and supplies a complete range of ingredients and décor products from some of Europe’s finest manufacturers. We are now the premier supplier of chocolate, ingredients and equipment - including the most extensive selection of confectionery packaging in the UK - to the chocolate industry. And we remain as passionate as ever about supplying high quality products with a large helping of great customer service!
Meet Our Suppliers
We have long-standing partnerships with some of the leading suppliers across Europe.
Chocolate and Couverture:
Regarded by many professionals in the industry as one of the best in the range, this brand is built on taste and inspiration. The Cacao Barry range of chocolate couvertures is produced in France and offers many different and amazing taste profiles, each with its own unique story.
Callebaut is well known and respected in our industry for the great taste and workability of their huge range of chocolate/couverture. Delivering consistency every time, this enables your finished creations to achieve and maintain the highest of standards.
Schokinag and Veliche™
Schokinag (previously DeZaan) offers high quality, competitively priced Belgian chocolate. Our range of Schokinag core grades has been a trusted favourite of many chocolatiers for over 25 years and some of our customers consider Schokinag to be a well-kept secret!
Veliche Gourmet Belgian chocolate (previously DeZaan Gourmet) enjoys a strong heritage of chocolate making. This range offers different taste profiles, from powerful, well balanced dark chocolate couvertures to the finest Belgian milk chocolate couvertures and a rich, creamy white chocolate; all perfect for artisan production.
CasaLuker is a range of chocolates and cocoa products made by passionate people in Colombia and its neighbouring countries.
They use International Cocoa Organisation classified “Fino de Aroma”, or “Fine Flavour” Criollo and Trinitario beans to make their chocolate, an exclusive title given to only the top 7-8% of the world’s cocoa.
The beans are harvested and made into chocolate in Colombia using cocoa butter from the same beans and local sugar, making all ingredients fully traceable.
Ingredients and Inclusions:
Since 1981, Ravifruit has established itself as one of the world’s leading suppliers of frozen and ambient fruits to professionals in the catering sector and to industry. Amongst professionals, Ravifruit is increasingly acknowledged as producing the highest quality fruit purées in the world. Exclusive to Keylink.
Vilamajó’s dedication to quality ensures they only offer you the best ingredients; they carefully select fruit using only 3 types of Valencia oranges, for example, from over 50 varieties grown worldwide.
A range of versatile, lightweight biscuit, rice and malt inclusions. Exclusive to Keylink.
A long-time supplier of couvertures and chocolate, including organic and a ‘better for diabetics’ range, and many other ingredients.
Crystallised flowers and petals made by sugar-coating real flowers.
A leader in the European packaging market. Suppliers of bags, Kraft wrapping papers and pre-tied bows.
Suppliers of PET cartons and boxes. Keylink also work with a number of smaller packaging suppliers to bring you a great range to cover all your needs.
Keylink are also proud to be the exclusive UK and Irish distributors for Premium Gastronomie, for their entire range of culinary alcohol concentrates including Remy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac, Cointreau®, Passoa and Mount Gay Rum, as well as Griottines®.
Chocolate at Home
Chocolate at Home is a division of Keylink, producing chocolate-making kits; exciting shelf-ready products that come with a generous reseller’s discount.
Looking for chocolate machinery?
Our sister company, KeyChoc can help - click here to visit the KeyChoc website.