The founder of Malta’s favourite snack, Twistees, passed away on Thursday 9th January, the company said in a statement on social media.
“It is with great sorrow to announce the demise of Mr. Ray Calleja, Chairperson of Strand Palace Agencies Ltd and Tastees Manufacturing Limited. Mr. Ray Calleja passed away peacefully on Thursday 9th January 2020.
“For those who would like to join in celebrating his life, funeral will be held on Saturday 11th January 2020 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Ibrag at 9:00 am,” Twistees said.
Mr Calleja took over from the late John Calleja, who had established a distribution company in the 1970s called the Strand Palace Agencies Limited. John Calleja’s father, Lawrence Calleja, had, in the 1900s, founded Colonial Stores, operating as a grocery store in the historic city of Cospicua.
After Mr Ray Calleja took over, the company ventured into new horizons with the opening of manufacturing plants producing various confectionary products under the TOPSY brand and the Twistees snack.
He is succeeded by his son Steve, and his grandchildren Zoe, John and Julia. The family has been met with messages of condolences and support across social media.
The Malta Chamber of Commerce salutes the memory of Mr Calleja as a respected member of the business community.