Chupa Chups

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Chupa Chups, S.A.U.
Sociedad Anónima Unipersonal
IndustryConfectionery
PredecessorGranja Asturias, S.A.U (1958–1964)
FoundedSant Esteve Sesrovires, Barcelona, Spain (1958; 61 years ago (1958))
FounderEnric Bernat
Headquarters,
Number of locations
Lainate, Italy and Breda, Netherlands
Key people
Xavier Bernat (CEO)
ProductsLollipops
Revenue500 million EUR (2006)
Number of employees
2,000 (2006)
ParentPerfetti Van Melle
Websitechupachups.com

Chupa Chups (Spanish pronunciation: Spanish: [ˈtʃupa ˈtʃups];) is a Spanish brand of lollipop and other confectionery sold in over 150 countries around the world. The brand was founded in 1958 by Enric Bernat, and is owned by the Italian-Dutch multinational corporation Perfetti Van Melle. The name of the brand comes from the Spanish verb chupar, meaning "to suck".[1]

History[edit]

In the early 1950s, Enric Bernat worked for an apple jam factory called "Granja Asturias". After he broached the idea of making lollipops, the investors left. Bernat took over the company in 1958 and renamed it Chupa Chups. He built the production machines and sold a striped bonbon on a wooden stick for one peseta each.

Bernat got the idea of his lollipops from his getting sticky hands from melting sweets. Bernat felt that at that time, sweets were not designed for children. Shopkeepers were instructed to place Chupa Chups near the cash register within reach of children's hands, instead of the usual placement behind the counter.

A giant Chupa Chups lollipop for sale

The Chupa Chups company was a success. Within five years, Bernat's sweets were being sold at 300,000 outlets. When the candy was first created, the lolly sticks were made of wood but they switched to plastic sticks. After the end of Francoist Spain (1939–75), the self-funded private company went international. In the 1970s the lollipops appeared in Japan and Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia, as well as India and Australia. In the 1980s, it expanded to the European and North American markets, and in the 1990s to most Asian countries, including South Korea. In China they were manufactured by Tatagum in Panyu, near Guangzhou. As of 2003, 4 billion lollipops a year are sold to 150 countries. The company has 2,000 employees, makes 90 percent of its sales abroad, and has a turnover of 500,000,000.

In 1991, Bernat passed formal control of the company to his son Xavier. The Smint subsidiary brand/company was founded in 1994.

In July 2006, the company as a whole was acquired by the Italian group Perfetti Van Melle.[2]

Marketing[edit]

The Chupa Chups logo was designed in 1969 by the artist Salvador Dalí.[3][4] Its first marketing campaign was the logo with the slogan "Es rodondo 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 1980s, owing to falling birth rates, an anti-smoking slogan "Smoke Chupa Chups" was tried to attract further adult consumers.[3] 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."[5]

Chupa Chups sponsored the 1992 video game Zool. Their logo was featured prominently in the first level, "Sweet World".[6][7]

In 1995 Chupa Chups became the first candy sent to the space station "The World".[citation needed]

Between 2000 and 2003 Chupa Chups were the main shirt sponsors of English football team Sheffield Wednesday.

Products[edit]

Chupa Chups have a large product range with their standard lollipop the most renowned.[8] In terms of flavour, both apple and orange are popular, followed by cola and strawberry.[citation needed]

  • 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

Current Chupa Chups flavors include: apple, cherry, choco-vanilla, cola, lemon-lime, orange, strawberry, and strawberries & cream.

Availability[edit]

Chupa Chups can be found in various retail stores, as well as places that sell online.
They can also be seen available at front desk and reception areas of most SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotels. Displaying Chupa Chups there is part of that hotel's brand identity. They are complimentary there, and are displayed mainly in large glass bowls.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chupa Chups". www.chupachups.com.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ a b "Obituary: Enric Bernat". The Guardian. 2004-01-03.
  4. ^ "Modern Masters - Virtual Exhibition : Dali - Chupa Chups logo (1969)". BBC. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  5. ^ "Going Global – with chupa chups and Atlas Translations". 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  6. ^ "The 5 Least Subtle Product Placements in Gaming History". Cracked.com. February 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Zool (Game)". Giant Bomb.
  8. ^ "Chupa Chups World > Products". Archived from the original on 2014-03-26. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  9. ^ Bill Marriott, "Springing Forward for Our Guests", Marriott On the Move (Marriott.com), March 27, 2007. Retrieved 2019-05-14.

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