The SunSpire™ story began in 1979 when Janet Jennings, a fourth-generation chocolatier, set out to create a line of all-natural chocolate products that used no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or additives. Drawing on her family's time-honored chocolate making traditions, Janet soon blazed a new trail within the natural chocolate category, expertly combining premium ingredients to establish exceptional taste and quality standards that remain unmatched to this day.
In her quest to craft delicious sweets that contained only natural ingredients, Janet quickly became a pioneer in the natural foods industry. Under her direction, SunSpire made several landmark innovations. We experimented with natural sweeteners, ultimately originating several healthful and delicious alternatives to refined sugars. We were the first company to market FruitSourc®, a patented sweetener derived from grape juice and brown rice. We significantly expanded the all-natural baking chip category through the introduction of several groundbreaking products, including carob chips, organic chocolate chips, and the only white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips made without harmful trans-fats. And we helped to shape the rapidly growing gluten-free and dairy-free segment by launching our delectable Chocolate Dream® candy bars and baking products.
Today, SunSpire is one of the nation’s leading providers of all-natural chocolates, as well as the number one producer of all-natural chocolate products in the baking category. We boast a delicious line of entirely natural products that include Fair Trade CertifiedTM, organic, non-dairy and gluten-free, carob, and vegan selections. Our assortment encompasses baking chips, bars and cocoa powder; SunDrops®, the natural alternative to M&M's®; and a growing selection of decadent candy bars. We also offer a wide array of dried fruits and premium nuts that are generously coated in milk or dark chocolate, carob or yogurt. In accord with our founding values, every SunSpire products is made from the purest ingredients available and is completely free of refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, trans-fats, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. Even the bright colors on our SunDrops® come straight from Nature through beet juice, caramel and beta-carotene.
The Hain Celestial Group
In 1999, SunSpire was acquired by nSpired℠ Natural Foods, owner of Cloud Nine® Confections, Tropical Source® Chocolates and MaraNatha® Nut Butters. In 2008, The Hain Celestial Group, a leader in natural and organic products, acquired nSpired℠ Natural Foods. Since then, Hain Celestial has worked to expand the SunSpired brands and to leverage them to innovate new high-quality baking and confectionary products that continue to meet the standards that SunSpire first set more than two decades ago.
For more information about The Hain Celestial Group, please visit: www.hain-celestial.com.