About Carousel Confectionery

A real family business


Carousel has been a family owned and operated business for more than forty years. We supply a wide range of premium confectionery, constantly innovating, extending on existing ranges, as well as still producing many of the popular candies of bygone times.

Our rigid adherence to quality is key to the company's growth and success. Backed by our Custom Food Control program, we use the best quality ingredients and best practice processes to ensure we deliver products you can enjoy with confidence.

A brief history of Carousel Confectionery

1955 - A Palmerston North entrepreneur started a backyard confectionery operation, called Choice Confectionery, creating range of popular candies.

By 1978, it had grown into full scale factory-based operation supplying the whole country. It was then sold and briefly renamed Tudor Confectionery, and then to Carousel Confectionery.

In 1980 it was sold to Ron Hardie, and is now operated by his son Tony and grandson Mathew. Carousel Confectionery has gone from strength to strength, to it’s current nationwide distribution of numerous products.

By 1999, steady growth saw the company move to it’s current modern production facility, 5 times larger than the original. The ongoing introduction of new products, sales techniques and outlets continue this growth.

In 2019, Tony's son Mathew joined the business. Since then Tony & Mathew have worked hard to grow the business to the size it is today, sending out over 1 million kg's of product every year!

2021 - A world class, automated Twist Wrap line was installed in the factory. This allows the business to produce over 1 million kg's of Chews & Caramels annually

Ron, Tony & Mathew attribute this impressive growth to their enthusiasm for the confectionery industry, and a rigid adherence to quality.