Everything started in 1919 when August Verheecke opened a sugar bakery on the Oude Gentweg. He sold liquorice there and made chocolate figures for private individuals, market traders and later also wholesalers.
The beginning of a great story.
In 1923 the house on the Oude Gentweg became too small and August Verheecke moved to the building at 22 Katelijnestraat. There he started making handmade babelutten. In 1935 this house was in turn demolished and a branch office was opened in the old vocational school at 55 Groeninge.
In the picture you can see little Georges and Antoinette Verheecke in the mid-1930s promoting babelutten on the street.
After the death of father August, son Georges continues the business together with his mother. In 1951 he takes over the company completely.
The first real mechanization started in 1954 with the purchase of a toffee line. This company eventually grew into the well-known NV Confiserie Kathy and NV Chocolaterie Kathy on the Pathoekweg industrial estate (11), which has since been sold.
The company is still in the hands of the family. Charlotte and Christophe Verheecke do their utmost to carry out all tasks under the approving eye of mother Catharina Alfvoet.