Tangerine Confectionery

Tangerine Confectionery
Tangerine Confectionery Limited
Type Private
Industry confectionery
Founded Blackpool, (2006 (2006))
Headquarters Blackpool, England
Number of locations 7 factories and 4 factory shops (2010)
Products Butterkist
Revenue £150,000,000
Employees 1,500 (2009)
Website TangerineUK.net

Tangerine Confectionery is a British confectionery company with its headquarters in Blackpool, Lancashire.

It has grown, since 2006, through acquisitions into one of the largest independent confectionery companies in Europe[1] and the fourth largest sweet maker in the United Kingdom.[2]



In January 2006, Tom's Confectionery changed its name to Tangerine Confectionery and altered its branding following the purchase of the company by a new management team from Tom's Gruppen of Denmark. The UK arm of Tom's had been created through the acquisition of three traditional confectionery companies, Taveners, Daintee and Parrs, over a ten-year period, between 1992 and 2001.[3][4][5]

Originally the company had been mainly an own-label supplier.[6] The company acquired the Taveners, Dainty and Parrs businesses from Toms of Denmark later in January 2006.[7] In April it was voted the best own-label confectionery supplier in the UK by The Grocer magazine.[4] In August, the company acquired the confectionery arm of Blackpool based Burton's Foods and so increase turnover of the company to £60m, making it the largest independent confectionery company in the UK.[8]

In January 2008, the company purchased Yorkshire based Monkhill Confectionery from Cadbury plc in a £58 million deal, with factories in Cleckheaton, Pontefract and York as well as a distribution centre in Holmewood, North East Derbyshire.[3][9][10][11] The purchase included the Barratts, Sharps of York, Jameson's, Trebor Basset Mints, Butterkist[12] and Pascall lines. Two months later Tangerine claimed there were no plans to close its York factory, despite ordering workers to stay at home in Easter week.[10]

Two months later, staff in Blackpool voted in favour of industrial action after turning down a 2.5% pay offer.[13]

In April 2009 the company was ranked 23rd in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Profit Track 100, published by The Sunday Times, and was the highest North West entry in the table, which lists the 100 private UK's companies with the fastest growing profits.[8] In August it received a quality Halal Seal of Approval, from the Halal Food Authority, for 150 products within its Barratt, MOJO, Princess and Taveners Proper Sweets ranges[1]

In March 2010, the company was found guilty of two counts of breaching Health and Safety laws, following the death of an employee at its Dorset factory. A fine of £300,000 plus costs was imposed.


Tangerine Confectionery has two factories in Blackpool (Vicarage Lane and Clifton Road) as well as factories in Liverpool, Cleckheaton, Pontefract, Poole and York.[8]

Brands and products

Brand Products
Anthon Berg Liqueurs, chocolate creams, marzipan fruits and specialist chocolate bars
Angelo Bubbly Bubble gum
Barker and Dobson Mints, Mint Humbugs
Barratt Black Jacks, Bruiser, Candy sticks, Sherbert Fountain, Dip Dab, Catherine Wheels,
Dolly Mix, Jungle Mix, Dew Drops, Flumps, Frosties and Fizzy Frosties, Fruit salad,
Gums, Milk bottles, Nougat, Refreshers, Refreshers Gums, Mini Eggs, SPOGZ.
Butterkist Toffee popcorn, Sweet popcorn and Salted popcorn share bags, and microwave butter, sweet and salted.
Jamesons Caramels, Chocolate peanuts, Chocolate brazils, Chocolate raisins, Raspberry Ruffles
Lion Fruit Salad, Fruit Pastilles, Licorice Gums
Mojo Chews (banana, cola, strawberry, spearmint, orange), lollies, jellies
Princess Pink and white marshmallows, Marshmallow smoothies (banana+strawberry & strawberry+mango)
Sharps of York Toffee, Fudge
Squirrel Cherry lips, Floral gums
Taveners Coconut mushrooms, Toffee bon bons, Eclairs, Rhubarb and custard,
Red and black gums, Black currant and liquorice, Barley sugars, Toasted teacakes,
Chocolate limes, American hard gums, Fruit pastilles, Mint humbugs, Wine gums,
Assorted liquorice, Jelly Babies, Dairy toffee, Strawberry bon bons, lemon and strawberry sherbets, lemon bon bons, dolly mixture


  1. ^ a b "Tangerine Confectionery awarded Halal Food Authority accreditation". talkingretail.com. 18 August 2009. http://www.talkingretail.com/products/product-news/13037-tangerine-confectionery-awarded-halal-food-authority-accreditation.html. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Sweet dreams are made of this!". Blackpool Gazette. 3 September 2009. http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/business/Sweet-dreams-are-made-of.5614231.jp. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Cadbury Schweppes Agrees to Sell Monkhill: Completes Non-Core Disposal Programme" (Press release). Cadbury plc. 18 January 2008. http://www.cadburyinvestors.com/cadbury_ir/press_releases/2008press/2008-01-18/. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Sweet dreams in change of name". Blackpool Gazette. 13 April 2006. http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/business/Sweet-dreams-in-change-of.1441845.jp. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tangerine Confectionery Ltd - Tangerine Dream". Close Brothers Growth Capital Ltd. http://www.growthcapital.co.uk/recent-investments-Tangerine.htm. Retrieved 20 November 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Tangerine recruits marketer to drive forward innovation". The Grocer. 7 November 2009. http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/articles.aspx?page=articles&ID=204952. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Tangerine completes Monkhill buyout". Blackpool Gazette. 26 February 2008. http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/business/Tangerine-completes-Monkhill-buyout.3816677.jp. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c "Sweet success in face of recession". Blackpool Gazette. 17 April 2009. http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/business/Sweet-success-in-face-of.5181192.jp. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Popcorn company bought for £58m". bbc.co.uk. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/England/lancashire/7265062.stm. Retrieved 20 November 2009. [dead link]
  10. ^ a b "Tangerine says no plan to shut factory in York". The Grocer. 31 March 2008. http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/articles.aspx?page=articles&ID=125557. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Tangerine Confectionery acquires Monkhill". The Grocer. 21 January 2008. http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/articles.aspx?page=articles&ID=124281. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  12. ^ Godfrey, Ron (22 November 2007). "Monk Hill Confectionery sale date 'imminent'". York: The Press. http://www.thepress.co.uk/news/1850942.monk_hill_confectionery_sale_date_imminent/. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  13. ^ Hyde, Nick (26 May 2008). "Sweets staff vote for action on pay". Blackpool Gazette. http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/blackpoolnews/Sweets-staff-vote-for-action.4119244.jp. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 

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