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With four generations in family business, Robern has over a century's experience in dried fruit, glace fruit, dehydrated vegetables and canned fruit.

In fact it would be fair to say nobody knows fruit processing like Robern, it’s a skill and art form that has been handed down, honed and perfected! Thus its no surprise that Robern is synonymous with quality and has the highest standards for our end products! We don’t cut corners, we work tirelessly to ensure we source the finest, high quality fruit from Australia and around the world. That’s our commitment to our customers.

Today, under the Robern brand, we strive to produce and market high quality fruit based products comprising of popular fruit snacks including the Indulgence range and Apricot Balls along with our dried fruit packs - often and we say proudly found in children’s lunch boxes across Australia.

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Menz confectionery is one of our proudest brands; it’s stood the test of time since 1850 and still to this day, consistently delivers quality products at affordable prices. Few companies survive without innovation and development, but staying true to our values and only using the finest ingredients has been a key player in our success. Take for example Menz products; FruChocs (first produced in 1948) and Crown Mints (first produced in1892) - two iconic products which are loved and enjoyed as much today as the day they were first released onto the market.

Love for confectionery and its production has been an art form that has been affectionately handed down over the four generations. Today we are proud to say the Menz brand name is well known in both Australia and increasingly grows its profile overseas. The brand range continues to strengthen with new delicious and innovative products.

The Menz range used to centre around two famous SA products; Menz FruChocs and Menz Crown Mints. Menz FruChocs are succulent Apricot and Peach centres coated in delicious milk chocolate, while Menz Crown Mints are crisp mints that come in peppermint and spearmint flavours. However, Menz Choc Honeycomb, ranged nationally in Coles and Woolworths, is fast becoming Australia's favourite! In addition to these products Menz also produces high quality Jelly confectionery products, along with a great range of chocolate covered products, including Menz RaspberryChocs, Turkish Delight and the highly popular Menz Choccy Snakes.

Menz products are designed to be shared amongst family and friends and are sure to put a smile on your face!

Robern Menz Today

Robern Menz has 150 years of tradition and is a family business spanning over four generations. Robern Menz is the parent company to its two famous brand ranges Robern and Menz.

Today Robern Menz employs over 80 staff. With three retail outlets in South Australia – Glynde, Hahndorf and McLaren Vale, and distribution throughout all major retailers, Robern Menz is the largest manufacturer of Choc Honeycomb in Australia and produces such products as the iconic Menz FruChocs and Crown Mints.

Our modern export accredited food production facilities and high tech equipment enables Robern Menz to process some of the most appetising products on the Australian and international markets today.

Timeline

1850 – Johan and Magdelena Menz began grocery and baking business, W Menz & Co, in Wakefield Street, Adelaide. Iconic biscuit, Yo Yo’s soon becomes a household favourite

1892 – New equipment was installed to produce confectionery, in particular the peppermint lozenge, today known as the Menz Crown Mint

1908 - Walter Sims opens the first of his four grocery stores in North Unley

1926 – Walter Sims buys a factory in Irymple, near Mildura to ensure reliable supply of dried fruit. The Robern name was born – a hybrid name dedicated to the memory of friend Robert Burnell

1934 – Walter Sims became the first grocery retailer to join the Serv-Wel co-operative chain of stores

1940 – Edgar Sims expands the manufacturing business to include dried, canned and frozen fruit and dehydrated vegetables in 6 factories – Loxton, Irymple, Angaston, Mile End, Hectorville and North Unley

1948 – Menz creates choc-coated fruit treat, Menz FruChocs

1964 – Menz joins other biscuit manufacturers to form Arnott-Motteram-Menz

1970 – Grantley W Sims introduces mechanised production to compete with overseas suppliers

1978 – Robern enters confectionery market buying Tandy Lifesavers

1985 – Robern buys a honeycomb plant from Hoadleys and sets up a manufacturing plant in Stepney, South Australia.

1992 – US company Campbell Soup Company takes over Arnotts Biscuits and Robern purchases Menz Confectionery. Business changes name to Robern Menz

1995 – Robern Menz purchases the former Glover-Gibbs pie factory and re-locates all its fruit and confectionery manufacturing to Glynburn Road, Glynde

2005 – ‘Menz FruChocs’ become an official ‘Icon of South Australia’ by the National Trust

2008 – Robern Menz celebrates 100 years of (Sims) family business ownership

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