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 2023

Alfred Theodor Ritter wins 50th Anniversary European Candy Kettle Award 2023

Mr. Alfred Theodor Ritter, chairman of the advisory board of Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG, Germany is the winner of the 50th anniversary edition of the European Candy Kettle Club Award. The award ceremony was held at 6th of October 2023 in Breitenbrunn/Weiden, Austria.

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Our newest member

Tina Gerfer | Wilhelm Rasch GmbH & Co. KG | Germany

Tina Gerfer, born 1967 in Cologne, has been Managing director of Wilhelm Rasch GmbH & Co. KG since 2008. In 2018, Rasch joined Mohrbach Group which offers primary, secondary and end of line packaging.

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Tina Gerfer