J.H. Whittaker & Sons, Ltd (Whittaker's) is a confectionery manufacturer specialising in chocolate and based in Porirua, New Zealand. Whittaker's is the second-biggest chocolate brand in New Zealand, behind Cadbury. The company controls its entire manufacturing process, calling itself a 'bean-to-bar' manufacturer, to ensure top-quality products. James Henry Whittaker started the business in Christchurch in 1896 and it was later moved to Wellington. James Henry Whittaker worked in the British confectionery industry at the age of 14 and moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1890. Six years later he started manufacturing chocolate confectionery, selling it direct to customers using horse and van. In 1913, he established a partnership with his two sons, Ronald and James, based in Wellington. The business became a limited liability company in 1937, with third-generation Whittakers still the sole shareholders in the company. In 1992 the company formed J.H. Whittaker Australia Ltd.
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