European Candy Kettle Club

In 1973 the idea of the Kettle Award came to Europe with the mutual agreement of Don Gussow, founder of the American Candy Kettle Association and Guy Urbain, an eminent Parisian confectioner, and a Club was formed in Europe. The European Candy Kettle Club consists of members from companies supplying ingredients and machinery to the confectionery industry as well as members of the Trade Press. The Club honours each year a company representative from the European confectionery industry who has excelled in the confectionery, chocolate and biscuit industry in research and development, innovation in product quality and production techniques and outstanding marketing and sales implementation, as well as a unique contribution to the industry's progress.


The selection criteria are outstanding achievements in:

  • Product quality
  • Development in production, research and technology
  • Performance in sales and marketing
  • International co-operation

In recognition of these achievements, each year at an award ceremony in their choice of European venue, the winner receives a traditional miniature Copper Candy Kettle and a certificate.

Winner 2018

French Chocolatier Schaal Wins European Candy Kettle Award 2018

There are quite many good chocolatiers in France, but only a few of them are exceptional. One of these modern and innovative companies is Chocolatier Schaal in Strasbourg. The owner Jean-Paul Burrus finds a perfect mixture between traditional French pralines – and with his team of 700 people in development, production and logistics, he manages to produce over 1,200 products.

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Our newest member

Matthias Drees | OKA-Spezialmaschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG | Germany

Matthias Drees, born in 1974, is Managing Partner of OKA-Spezialmaschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG. He joined the family company in 2000 and took over his today’s position in 2008. After graduating in Business Administration, he worked in the chemical industry in Germany and Singapore, before getting involved in the confectionary machinery industry.

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Matthias Drees