The History of Tangerine Confectionery



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Tangerine Confectionery Limited






Blackpool, (2006)


Blackpool, England

Number of locations

7 factories and 4 factory shops (2010)





Number of employees

1,500 (2009)



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]

Contents  []

1 History

2 Operations

3 Brands and products

4 References

5 External links




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 in England.[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 for each count plus costs was imposed.


On 5 February 2013 the company was delisted by the Halal Food Authority.[14]




A Tangerine Confectionery factory in Liverpool

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

Brands and products[]



Anthon Berg Liqueurs, chocolate creams, marzipan fruits and specialist chocolate bars

Anglo Bubbly Bubble gum

Barker and Dobson Mints, Mint Humbugs, Everton Mints

 land (was Barratt) Black Jacks, Bruiser,  sticks, Sherbet Fountain, Dip Dab, Catherine Wheels, Dolly Mix, Jungle Mix, Dew Drops, Flumps, Frosties and Fizzy Frosties, Fruit Salad, Gums, Jelly Babies, Milk bottles, Nougat, Refreshers, Refreshers Gums, Refreshers Roll, Mini Eggs.

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, Wine Gums, Sports Mixture, Midget Gems

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

Hobo's Liquorice Chews With Fruit Sides [To be re released in Christmas 2013 alongside glee's]

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.^  to: a b "Tangerine Confectionery awarded Halal Food Authority accration". 18 August 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009.

2. ^ "Sweet dreams are made of this!". Blackpool Gazette. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.

3.^  to: a b "Cadbury Schweppes Agrees to Sell Monkhill: Completes Non-Core Disposal Programme" (Press release). Cadbury plc. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2009.

4.^  to: a b "Sweet dreams in change of name". Blackpool Gazette. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 19 November 2009.

5. ^ "Tangerine Confectionery Ltd – Tangerine Dream". Close Brothers Growth Capital Ltd. Archived from the original on 30 May 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009.

6. ^ "Tangerine recruits marketer to drive forward innovation". The Grocer. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.

7. ^ "Tangerine completes Monkhill buyout". Blackpool Gazette. 26 February 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2009.

8.^  to: a b c "Sweet success in face of recession". Blackpool Gazette. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.

9. ^ "Popcorn company bought for £58m". Retrieved 14 October 2015.

10.^  to: a b "Tangerine says no plan to shut factory in York". The Grocer. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2009.

11. ^ "Tangerine Confectionery acquires Monkhill". The Grocer. 21 January 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2009.

12. ^ Godfrey, Ron (22 November 2007). "Monk Hill Confectionery sale date 'imminent'". York: The Press. Retrieved 19 November 2009.

13. ^ Hyde, Nick (26 May 2008). "Sweets staff vote for action on pay". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 19 November 2009.

14. ^ Halal Food Authority delisted members page, 15/04/13

External links[]

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Butterkist is the United Kingdom's best selling brand of popcorn,[1] with around 40% of the £90 million market.[2]

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Contents  []

1 History

2 Marketing

3 See also

4 References

5 External links





In 1914, Fred Hoke and James Holcomb begin to sell popcorn machines in Kentucky, United States under the brand of Butter-Kist. As their business developed, vendors began buying popcorn machines and the brand began to spread.[3] In 1938 Butter-Kist machines made their way to the UK via an unknown route, developing the brand as in the United States through sales to cinema audiences. During World War II, the brand developed quickly, thanks to the many United States Army personnel stationed in the UK ready for the invasion of Europe.


After the Second World War, Craven Keiller developed a factory in York to sell Butterkist branded popcorn direct to cinema chains. As many items were rationed in the UK post the Second World War, but the basic ingredients of Butterkist were not, the brand developed into the UK's lead selling popcorn brand. The sales of the brand then followed the development and decline in cinema audiences, so that after the boom of the 1950s and 1980s, by 1998 sales were on another downturn and Craven Keiller sold the brand to Cadbury Trebor Bassett, which in 2000 merged the brand into its Monkhill Confectionery subsidiary and moved production to Pontefract, West Yorkshire.[4]


As part of its development strategy selling off non-core brands, from April 2006 Cadbury Schweppes put Monkhill into a group of non-core brands it would review putting up for sale,[5] and from June 2007 appointed investment bankers Investec to review the sale of Monkhill Confectionery, and its best selling brand Butterkist.[6]


Butterkist, along with other Monkhill brands, was sold to Tangerine Confectionery in February 2008 [7]




After being dropped by various cinema brands in the 1990s, the brand was realigned to the growing home cinema market, with a 350g family sized tub launched with a link to family cinema review site in 2000 in a program run by advertising agency Market Tiers 4DC,[8][9] before the brand was completely relaunched in 2005, using a heart logo to (quote) "symbolise Britain's love of the Butterkist brand."[3]


Having for many years used the chant logo "Butterkist, Butterkist, Ra ra ra!"[9] the brand is currently marketed under a comedic slant of "Butterkist: the fun's never done..."[10] and tying up with cartoon family The Simpsons from mid-2006.[2]


Presently, approximately 5,000 tonnes of Butterkist are produced each year.[11] The red Butterkist bag is sold exclusively in the UK, and is available to buy in cinemas as well as supermarkets and independent retailers. The Butterkist range includes 25g, 50g, 100g, and 200g (the most popular item in the range), individual bags, a 350g plastic tub, and a 6 x 30g multipack for the toffee variant, and 120g bags and 250g tubs for the Cinema sweet and 80g Salted bag. Butterkist Toffee popcorn is suitable for vegetarians (but not vegans), while Butterkist Cinema sweet popcorn and Salted popcorn is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.[11] Butterkist is also available as take home, microwave packs in Salted, sweet and butter variants.


According to The Grocer Magazine, there were plans for a chocolate popcorn to be launched sometime in September 2010[citation needed].


See also[]

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List of popcorn brands




1. ^ Cadbury pops out of Butterkist The Sunday Times - 9 December 2007

2.^  to: a b The Interview - Butterkist popcorn - a great taste of Americana, made in Great Britain The Grocery Trader - May 2006

3.^  to: a b Butterkist history

4. ^ Monkhill assumes Butterkist role Eurofood - November 8, 2001

5. ^ Cadbury seeks a Butterkist buyer BBC News - 7 April 2006

6. ^ Cadbury to sell its Butterkist popcorn Daily Mail, Financial - 10 June 2007

7. ^ Completion of sale of Monkhill Business

8. ^ Butterkist out, you in.(positioning Butterkist popcorn The Grocer - August, 2000

9.^  to: a b marketingmonitor: butterkist case study Marketing Monitor - 12 June 2000

10. ^ Butterkist Toffee Popcorn

11.^  to: a b About our brands: Butterkist Cadbury Schweppes


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Black Jack (confectionery)


This article is about the confectionery. For other uses, see Black Jack.


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A packet of Black Jacks

Black Jack is a type of "aniseed flavour chew" according to its packaging. This means that it is a chewy (gelatin-based) confectionery. Black Jack is manufactured under the Barratt brand in Spain. In the 1920s Trebor Bassett manufactured them, and the wrapper showed gollywogs on it. An example of it can be seen at the V&A Museum of Childhood.


While still manufactured under Tangerine Confectionery, Black Jacks have been rebranded from Barratt to ' Land' and the packaging, most notably the outer box, has been redesigned. (2013)


Nutrition facts[edit]

Nutritional Information

Per 100g - Energy 1680 kJ (395 Kcal), Protein 0.8g, Carbohydrate 84.5g, Fat 6g.

Per Chew - Energy 50 kJ (10 Kcal), Protein 0g, Carbohydrate 2.4g, Fat 0.2g.


Glucose syrup, sugar, hydrogenated vegetable fat, colours (E153, E151, E129), citric acid, gelatine, flavouring, emulsifier (soya lecithin).


Each pack weighs 33.6g and contains 15 chews.



Sherbet Fountain


Traditional version of Barratt's Sherbet Fountain

Barratt's "Sherbet Fountain" consists of sherbet and a stick made from liquorice, sold since 1925. In 2009 a plastic tube with twist-off lid replaced the traditional paper packaging with the liquorice stick poking through the end, much to the fury of the traditionalist Daily Mail newspaper.[2][3] In the traditional paper packaging, the top of the stick was intended to be bitten off to form a straw[4] and the sherbet sucked through it, where it fizzes and dissolves on the tongue. The "new" format only includes a solid liquorice stick, so the sherbet must be licked off that, or eaten directly. This method of consumption was also considered acceptable with the original packaging. This is advertised on the packet as "Sherbet with a liquorice dip".[5] This is a different experience from the original paper-wrapped sweet.


The manufacturer, Barratt, is a subsidiary of Tangerine Confectionery.



Dolly mixture


For the band, see Dolly Mixture (band).

A plate of dolly mixture

Dolly mixture is a British confection, consisting of a variety of multi-coloured fondant shapes, such as cubes and cylinders, with subtle flavourings.[1][2] The mixture consists of small soft sweets and sugar-coated jellies.

The origins of the name are unknown, but some people have speculated it originated around the time of the British Raj in India. Dal or Dahl in India are a mixture of beans, peas, or legumes which are often made up of different sizes and colours. Over time the name Dhal Mixture is thought to have led to the name Dolly Mixture.[2]

In Britain, Dolly Mix is produced under the Barratt brand, now owned by Tangerine Confectionery.

The Goon Show character Bluebottle was frequently rewarded, or able to be bribed, with a quantity of dolly mixture, jelly babies, or similar sweets.[3]


See also[edit]

Liquorice allsorts




1.Dolly Mixture", retrieved 2013-03-03

2."Dolly Mixture", retrieved 2013-03-03

3. The Pevensey Bay Disaster". The Goon Show. Series 6. Episode 10. 1956-04-03. 18:14 minutes in. BBC Home Service.


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Flump (sweet)



Flump (blue).jpg

A Flump with an added colour



Place of origin

United Kingdom



Main ingredients

Glucose fructose corn syrup, sugar, water, gelatin, cornflour

Cookbook: Flump   Media: Flump


A Flump is a British sweet made of marshmallow. The sweet is a combination of both pink and yellow marshmallow, which has the appearance of a twisted helix. Flump sweets are sold in the United Kingdom and are made by the confectioner Barratt. It consists of glucose-fructose syrup, sugar, gelatin, cornflour, natural flavouring, and natural colours (Riboflavin, Cochineal).[1]




Fruit Salad (confectionery)


This article is about the confectionery. For a dessert made of fruit, see Fruit salad.

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A pack of Fruit Salad chews

Fruit Salad is a type of "Raspberry & Pineapple flavour chew" according to its packaging. It is a chewy gelatin based confectionery. Fruit Salad is manufactured by Barratt in Spain.


While still manufactured under Tangerine Confectionery, Fruit Salad chews have been rebranded from Barratt to ' Land' and the packaging, most notably the outer box, has been redesigned. (2013)


Nutrition facts[edit]


Nutritional Information


Per 100g - Energy 1680 kJ (395 Kcal), Protein 0.8g, Carbohydrate 84.1g, Fat 6.1g.


Per Chew - Energy 50 kJ (10 Kcal), Protein 0g, Carbohydrate 2.4g, Fat 0.2g.




Glucose syrup, sugar, hydrogenated vegetable fat, citric acid, gelatine, emulsifier (soya lecithin), flavourings, colours (E104, E124, E122).


Each chew weighs 2.6g, and each pack contains 15 chews.




Jelly Babies



This article is about the soft confectionery. For the mushroom known as Jelly Babies, see Leotia and Leotia lubrica.


Jelly Babies


Bassett's jelly babies

Alternative names

Peace babies



Place of origin

United Kingdom

Region or state

Sheffield, England



Main ingredients


Cookbook: Jelly Babies   Media: Jelly Babies


Jelly Babies are a type of soft sugar jelly sweet, shaped as plump babies in a variety of colours. They were first manufactured in Lancashire, England in the 19th century.[1] Their popularity waned in England before being revived by Bassett's of Sheffield, Yorkshire who were responsible for mass-producing Jelly Babies from 1918.[1]




'Jelly Babies' are known at least since advertisements by Riches Confectionery Company of 22 Duke St, London Bridge in 1885, along with a variety of other baby-sweets including 'Tiny Totties' and 'Sloper's Babies'.[2] But the pricing of these at a farthing each suggests that they were very much larger than the modern Jelly Baby.[3]


Sweets called "unclaimed babies", which may pre-date Jelly babies, are known to have been produced by Thomas Fryer of Nelson in Lancashire, and seem to have been hugely popular in the early 20th Century. in 1939 it was reported that, of all the comforts sent to troops abroad; "the sweets which are in greatest demand are those which we all know as 'unclaimed babies'".[4]


An uncorroborated, but widely reproduced, story is related in The History of Temptation by Tim Richardson (2002)[5] that the sweets were invented in 1864 by an Austrian immigrant working at Fryers of Lancashire and that in 1918 they were produced by Bassett's in Sheffield as "Peace Babies" to mark the end of World War I.[1] Production was suspended during World War II due to wartime shortages. In 1953 the product was relaunched as "Jelly Babies".[1]


The most noted modern manufacturer of Jelly Babies, Bassett's, now allocate individual name, shape, colour and flavour to different 'babies': Brilliant (red - strawberry), Bubbles (yellow - lemon), Baby Bonny (pink - raspberry), Boofuls (green - lime), Bigheart (black - blackcurrant) and Bumper (orange). The introduction of different shapes and names was an innovation, circa 1989, prior to which all colours of jelly baby were a uniform shape. In 2007, Bassett's jelly babies changed to include only natural colours and ingredients.[6]


There are many brands of jelly babies, as well as supermarket own brands. A line of sweets called Jellyatrics were launched by Barnack Confectionery Ltd to commemorate the Jelly Baby's 80th birthday.[7]


Like most other gummi sweets, they contain gelatin. Jelly babies manufactured in the United Kingdom tend to be dusted in starch which is left over from the manufacturing process where it is used to aid release from the mould. Jelly babies of Australian manufacture generally lack this coating.




Jelly babies

Jelly babies are similar in appearance to gummi bears, which are better known outside the United Kingdom, though the texture is different.


A popular science class experiment is to put them in a strong oxidising agent and see the resulting spectacular reaction. The experiment is commonly referred to as "screaming jelly babies".


In popular culture[edit]


When Beatlemania broke out in 1963, fans of The Beatles pelted the band with jelly babies (or, in the US, the much harder jelly beans) after it was reported that George Harrison liked eating them.[8][9][10]


In the British television programme Doctor Who, jelly babies were often mentioned in the classic series. First seen being consumed by the Second Doctor, they became most associated with Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor, who had a predilection for offering them to strangers in order to defuse tense situations. The Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors also offered them up in different episodes. The Doctor's nemesis the Master in "The Sound of Drums" offers them to his wife on board the Valiant.


In May 2013 Australian singer Alison Hams released "Jelly Baby Song"[11] - its content alluding to the consumption of jelly babies by Type 1 Diabetics to overcome hypoglycaemic episodes[12] - as a way to raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes for JDRF Australia (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)[13] who sell especially-packaged jelly babies as the focus of their annual "Jelly Baby Month" campaign.[14]


In 2009, a poll of 4,000 British adults voted jelly babies their 6th favourite sweet.[15]




1.^  to: a b c d "Sweet success: Unravelling the Jelly Baby's dark past". BBC. 28 December 2014.

2. ^ Lloyd's Weekly Magazine, March 23, 1885

3. ^ Foods of England

4. ^ 'Burnley Express' reported on 16th December 1939

5. ^ Sweets: The History of Temptation, Tim Richardson, Random House, 2002, ISBN 9780553814460

6. ^ "Confectionery giants cut use of artificial additives".

7. ^ Martin, Nicole (18 March 1999). "Jellyatrics revive those sweet memories". Irish Independent.

8. ^ "Letter reveals The Beatles' fear of jelly baby fans" Daily Mirror 15/05/2009

9. ^ "George Harrison's 1963 plea: stop throwing jelly babies at Beatles" The Times 14 May 2009

10. ^ "The secret life of jelly beans" LA Times 19 March 2008

11. ^ Jelly Baby Song

12. ^ Baby Song Lyrics.pdf

13. ^ JDRF media release, 30 April 2013

14. ^ JDRF "Jelly Baby Month"

15. ^ Chris Irvine (27 August 2009). "Fizzy cola bottle named Britain's favourite sweet of all time". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 1 April 2012.



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Swizzels Matlow


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Swizzels Matlow

Swizzels Matlow logo.png


Private limited company






Carlton House, New Mills, Derbyshire, United Kingdom


Love Hearts, Parma Violets



Increase £49,852,000[1]

Operating income

Increase £10,461,000[1]

Net income

Increase £3,521,000[1]

Number of employees

Increase 621[1]



Swizzels Matlow also known as just Swizzels is a confectionery manufacturer based in the United Kingdom.[2] It is based in New Mills, Derbyshire, near Stockport.[2] The company had revenues of £47 million in 2010/11.[2] It employs around 500 people.[3] Swizzels Matlow exports 20 per cent of its sweets to more than 20 countries, mostly in Europe.[4] Their highest selling brands are Love Hearts, Parma Violets and Drumstick lollies.[5] Its biggest sales period is Halloween.[4]


Contents  [hide]

1 History

2 Products 2.1 Refreshers

2.2 Parma Violets

2.3 Drumstick Products

2.4 Others

3 References

4 External links





The new part by the Upper Peak Forest canal in New Mills.

Operations began in the early 1920s at a market stall in Hackney, London, with Maurice and Alfred Matlow selling jellied sweets.[4] They built a small factory in east London in 1928 and became known as Matlow Brothers, producing jellies and chews.[4] In 1933 the firm merged with a rival factory owner, David Dee, who specialised in fizzy compressed tablet sweets (although the company officially became Swizzels Matlow Ltd only in 1975).[4]


In 1940, the Blitz forced their business to relocate northwards to a disused wick factory in New Mills, Derbyshire, where it remains.[4] Parma Violets were introduced in 1946.[4] Love Hearts were introduced in 1954.[4] Drumsticks were introduced in 1957.[4]


Hydrogenated fats were phased out in 2004.[4] Artificial colourings were discontinued in 2009.[4]





A selection of Swizzels Matlow sweets.



Swizzels Matlow Ltd.'s most popular product is Refreshers. These are flat chewy sweets with sherbet in the middle, available in lemon and strawberry flavours. They are officially named New Refreshers, to avoid trademark confusion with Barratt's compressed tablet Refreshers sweet.[6]


Parma Violets[edit]


Parma Violets are hard, bi-concave disc-shaped sweets, similar to the Fizzers product from the same company, but without their fizziness. Swizzels Matlow have also released a line of Giant Parma Violets.


Drumstick Products[edit]


The Drumstick sweet is a chewy lolly about 2" (5cms) in length. It features 2 flavours, milk and raspberry. It has had many special editions, such as the still produced lime and orange flavour.


In 2012 Swizzels Matlow launched a new product in the Drumstick line of sweets called "Drumstick Squashies" – maintaining the same flavours but selling it in a small sweet packet containing multiple foam-like sweets that are 1/3 one flavour, 2/3 another.




Products include:[7]


Double Lollies


Fruity Pops

Fun Gums

Mr Chews

Rainbow Drops

Love Hearts

Double Dip

Tango Orange Flavour Chew Bar




1.^  to: a b c d Financial statement of Swizzels Matlow Limited in High Peak

2.^  to: a b c Manchester Evening News 5 April 2012 Thursday Confectioners are making a lot of lolly

3. ^ Manchester Evening News 15 February 2012 Love is working on the production line of romance p7

4.^  to: a b c d e f g h i j k Salter, Jessica (19 November 2011). "Dream factory". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 August 2012.

5. ^ Forecourt Trader June 2012 Bag some sales p61

6. ^

7. ^ Swizzel Matlow products Accessed 7 November 2011


External links[edit]

Official Website

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Companies based in Derbyshire

Confectionery companies of the United Kingdom

1928 establishments in England


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