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Manna Confectionery

Manna Confectionery was founded in 1997 by Graeme and Lauren Smith. The newly formed company purchased iconic SA confectionery business Blackeby's Sweets.

Beginning with one employee in the factory, Mr. Smith, a Chartered Accountant, began to rebuild the reputation of the company through the return to original recipes and techniques, ensuring all confectionery was made to the exacting standard set by the Blackebys’.  Seeing the rise of the old fashioned sweet market, Mr. Smith refocused the company away from supermarket trade and into the supply of specialist sweet shops. 

In 2001 the company outgrew the premises in Cypress Street, Adelaide where it had resided for 40 years, and through the acquisition of Ditters Nuts, moved to new premises in Mile End.

A wholesale business was commenced to source and supply similar old fashioned sweets to complement the manufacturing side and today this represents a growing proportion of confectionery sales.  Blackeby’s Sweets now supply confectionery to sweet shops right around Australia and is well known as one of the few remaining manufacturers of authentic old fashioned confectionery. It remains committed to maintaining a link with our past, producing high quality, well remembered and loved confectionery.  All the original equipment and methods have been retained, as have the original recipes, many written in Mr. Blackeby’s own hand in lb’s and oz’s.

The company added a retail arm in 2004 with the purchase of a confectionery shop in James Place, Adelaide now called Blackeby’s Old Sweet Shop.  In 2005, another shop at the Brickworks Markets was acquired and in August 2009 a brand new Blackeby's Sweets / Ditters Nuts store was opened in the newly redeveloped Hallett Cove Shopping Centre.  The company continues its search for future retail sites, desiring to retain the “sweet shop” concept that many grew up with, and ensuring that unique and memorable experience is available to future generations.

 

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