Thorntons Plc manufactures, distributes and retails confectionery and other sweet foods. The company offers chocolates, dark chocolates, milk chocolates, white chocolate, chocolate truffles, fudges, toffees, greeting cards, corporate gifts, wedding services, flowers, hampers and gift boxes, and wines and champagnes. It operates through two divisions. The Retail division has own stores and cafes, franchise, and thorntons direct across the UK and Ireland. The Sales and Operations division consists of commercial trading channel, purchasing, manufacturing and distribution and brand support. The company was founded by Joseph William Thornton in October 1911 and is headquartered in Alfreton, the United Kingdom.