Chupa Chups

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Chupa Chups, S.A.U.
Company typeSociedad Anónima
PredecessorGranja Asturias, S.A.U (1958–1964)
FoundedSant Esteve Sesrovires, Barcelona, Spain (1958; 66 years ago (1958))
FounderEnric Bernat
FateAcquired by Perfetti Van Melle in 2006
Key people
Xavier Bernat (CEO)
Revenue500 million (2006)
Number of employees
2,000 (2006)
ParentPerfetti Van Melle

Chupa Chups (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtʃupa ˈtʃups]) is a Catalan brand of lollipop and confectionery company found in over 150 countries around the world. The brand was founded in 1958 by Enric Bernat, and is currently owned by the Italian-Dutch company Perfetti Van Melle. The name of the brand comes from the Spanish verb chupar, meaning "to suck". Similar confections are known as lollipops or suckers in English.[1]


In the early 1950s, Enric Bernat founded the company Productos Bernat, which specialized in the production of confectionery.[2] Bernat began working for an apple jam factory called "Granja Asturias" in 1954.[2] By 1958, he controlled 100% of the capital of Granja Asturias[2] and renamed the company Chupa Chups in 1961.[3] He built the production machines and sold a striped bonbon on a wooden stick, but later it was changed to a plastic one. To ensure that competition in Spain was reduced, he purchased the Spanish patents for similar products in 1959.[2]

A giant Chupa Chups lollipop for sale

In 1967, the company opened the Sant Esteve Sesrovires factory in Barcelona.[4]

In 1977, the lollipops appeared in Japan.[4] In the 1980s, it expanded to the United States, Germany, Italy, and Russia.[4] Expansion to China and Mexico happened in the 1990s.[4]

In 1991, Bernat passed formal control of the company to his children Xavier, Ramón, Marcos, Marta and Nina. The Smint subsidiary brand/company was founded in 1994.[5]

In July 2006, the company as a whole was acquired by the Italian-Dutch group Perfetti Van Melle.[6][7]


The Chupa Chups logo was designed in 1969 by the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.[8][9] Its first marketing campaign was the logo with the slogan "Es redondo y dura mucho, Chupa Chups", which translates from Spanish as "It's round and long-lasting". Later, celebrities like Madonna were hired to advertise the product.

In the 1973 television series Kojak, actor Telly Savalas was featured consuming these lollipops.[10]

In the 1980s, as falling birth rates reduced the number of juvenile consumers, an anti-smoking slogan "Smoke Chupa Chups" was tried to attract adult consumers.[8] The company's current anti-smoking slogan is "Stop smoking, start sucking", with their packages parodying cigarette pack designs. Some packages parody the mandatory black and white warning labels of the European Union with the notice "Sucking does not kill."[11]

Chupa Chups sponsored the 1992 video game Zool. Their logo was featured prominently in the first level, "Sweet World".[12][13]

In 1995, Chupa Chups became the first candy sent to the Mir space station.[citation needed]

In 1997, Chupa Chups launched a Spice Girls lollipop range with different packages each featuring a collectible Spice Girl sticker, toy microphones, and bubblegum packets that came with collectible Spice Girls temporary tattoos, as well as "Push Pops" and "Crazy Dips".[citation needed]

Between 2000 and 2003, Chupa Chups was the main shirt sponsor of English football team Sheffield Wednesday.[citation needed]

Since 2010, Chupa Chups was the signature of the Marriott brand hotel Springhill Suites. Chupa Chups were available at the front desk of any Springhill Suites property for free to any guest, child or adult. As of August 2021, Marriott has begun stepping away from Chupa Chups as a signature item for Springhill Suites. [citation needed]


Chupa Chups has a large product range, with their flagship lollipop being the most popular.[14]

  • Lollipops
    • Classic, 12 gram
      • Cremosa (ice cream and yogurt flavors)
    • Mini, 6 gram
    • Filled Lollipops
      • Magics (powder filled)
      • Bubble Gum (with bubble gum center)
      • Fruit-tella (flavors from nature)
      • Chocolate (filled with chocolate)
      • Cuore di Frutta
    • 2Pop
    • Sugar Free
    • XXL
    • Crazy Dips (explosion)
    • Melody Whistle Pops
  • Bubble Gums
    • Big Babol
    • Cotton Bubblegum
  • Toys
    • Spinning Faces
    • Totem Markers
    • Funky Labyrinths
    • Balloon Cars
  • Gifts and Seasonal Gifts
    • Mega Chups 750 gr
    • Back Packs
  • Chupa + Surprise
  • License Products
  • Sparkling Drinks

Chupa Chups has more than 100 flavours available worldwide,[15] including sugar-free varieties.[16] They are individually heat-sealed in the factory, and are best opened by twisting the base of the wrapper.[17]


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  4. ^ a b c d "40 aniversario de Chupa Chups". El Mundo. 2008.
  5. ^ Sergi Saborit (14 August 2012). "Xavier Bernat, una vida empresarial más allá de Chupa Chups". Expansion.
  6. ^ "Perfetti Van Melle agrees to buy Spain's Chupa Chups for undisclosed sum". Forbes. 2006-07-03. Archived from the original on 2009-01-24.
  7. ^ "Una multinacional italiana compra la empresa Chupa Chups por 400 millones". Diario Sur. 4 July 2006.
  8. ^ a b "Obituary: Enric Bernat". The Guardian. 2004-01-03.
  9. ^ "Modern Masters - Virtual Exhibition : Dali - Chupa Chups logo (1969)". BBC. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  10. ^ "Un documental sobre la historia del Chupa Chups". El Mundo. 27 June 2008.
  11. ^ "Going Global – with chupa chups and Atlas Translations". 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  12. ^ "The 5 Least Subtle Product Placements in Gaming History". February 20, 2014.
  13. ^ "Zool (Game)". Giant Bomb.
  14. ^ "Chupa Chups World > Products". Archived from the original on 2014-03-26. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  15. ^ "Our story | Chupa Chups".
  16. ^ "Sugar Free | Chupa Chups".
  17. ^ "We finally know why Chupa Chups are so ridiculously hard to open". Mamamia. September 29, 2017.

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