Who we are Innovative. Responsible. Passionate.
Who we are
From retro classics to the latest flavours, Tangerine is home to many of the UK’s favourite sweets and the market-leading brand Butterkist. Our famous brands include Sherbet Fountain, Dip Dab, Black Jack and Fruit Salad, Flumps, Refreshers, Princess Marshmallows, Taveners Proper Sweets, Lion hard gums and many, many more – check out our brands section for our full portfolio. With hundreds of years of heritage and six busy factories, we work tirelessly around the clock to deliver the very best confectionery with a combination of both traditional manufacturing methods and state of the art operations.
We have strong relationships with the UK’s largest retailers, providing both branded and own label products. We operate across a number of different retail channels including grocery, wholesalers and cash & carry, discounter, forecourts and the broad reaching independent channel.
We have a strong presence internationally and an even bigger desire to grow exponentially across the globe. We currently trade in key markets including Australia, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.
As an international branded and retailer own brand business we have plans to grow across many product sectors, markets and channels. If you’re interested in doing business in any of our sectors or channels, brand or own label development, then please get in touch via our contact us section.
How we work
We embrace the ‘Lean Philosophy’. This is a combination of tools and steps that help us to progress as a business. It enables us to: improve quality, eliminate waste, continuously improve and support consumers. Lean is a transformational driver to improve the way we work and it’s used in all areas of the business.
History of Tangerine
In 2005, a management team with an established history in the confectionery industry acquired the UK confectionery division of Toms of Denmark. The facilities manufactured boiled sweets, marshmallows, gums and jellies and toffees. Later that year, Tangerine acquired the confectionery division of Burtons Foods and its modern facility in Blackpool, which made gums and jellies and Liquorice Allsorts.
Two years later, the business acquired Monkhill Confectionery. The two facilities in Pontefract and Monkhill’s York and Cleckheaton sites meant that alongside expanding our boiled sweets and liquorice provision, Tangerine was able to add popcorn to its portfolio. This helped it to become one of Europe’s largest sugar confectionery businesses and a leader in popcorn.
As we stand today, we have 6 sites providing a diverse range of capabilities across sugar confectionery and popcorn. This enables us to be highly competitive in both the UK and international markets.
Vision & Values
Our vision is for everybody to enjoy our tasty, high quality sweets and popcorn products, experiencing and building happy, lasting memories.
Remember buying your first sweet? Your experiences in the sweet shop selecting your favourite treat from the jars above the counter? How about getting together as a family to enjoy a great family film and sharing the popcorn? We’ve evolved today and sweets and popcorn are both what they used to be but also so much more. Now we sell soft versions of your favourite traditional sweets, seasonal products with a mix of your classic favourites and popcorn is a trendy, tasty everyday snack to be consumed wherever you like. We’ve stayed true to our roots but pushed on into the twenty first century. We pride ourselves in delivering the highest possible quality confectionery products to be enjoyed by people of all ages. The breadth and diversity of our portfolio enables us to deliver a multitude of flavours, textures and formats to enjoy on various occasions.
Our values are to put the consumer and customer at the forefront of everything we do.
We work tirelessly to identify clear consumer needs within our categories so that we can be confident that our new products, existing product developments and overall focus is consistent with our loyal consumer base’ expectations. We invest heavily in research and development to test recipes, packaging and new product ideas. We also spend time in the local community and are passionate about making a difference. We feature as part of relevant trade and consumer shows and exhibitions such as ISM and the Pontefract Liquorice Festival and we provide samples of our produce at various fairs and shows. We always aim to work with our customers in a pragmatic, flexible and collaborative way.
We follow five key principles in order to stay true to our vision and values, these are integrity, respect, passion, pace and accountability.
Following these principles enables us to work in a high performing business team to ensure we deliver the very best for our consumers and customer.
Our Executive Team
Tangerine Confectionery is led by one of the most experienced and respected management teams in the industry. With over 100 years’ sector experience across the executive board, together they provide a strong platform for the growth of the business and the continued success of Tangerine brands.
Marieke Van Troys
Operations & Supply Chain Director
Technical and Development Director
Head of International
Marketing and Category Management Director
UK Sales Director
Following hundreds of years of heritage and product innovation, we’re always working towards something new. We have a total of six factories in the UK that use a mix of traditional and cutting edge techniques and technology to create a wide range of confectionery. We also have over 1000 employees work across these six sites, offering a broad spectrum of expertise in sugar confectionery.Our Factories
Our Principles & Ethics
We believe that sound and responsible environmental energy management should be a priority. That’s why it’s integral to every part of our business. From the supply of our raw materials to manufacturing processes and facilities, distribution to the sale and consumption, we strive to protect the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.
In keeping with our philosophy, we aim to use 100% natural colours and flavours across the range. We ensure the palm oil we use is RSPO certified and we also look to remove all non-hydrogenated fat and where possible, salt.Contact us to find out more