Wednesday, October 7, 2015

News: Growing Tommy Tucker spots sweet new premises in Rotherham

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Tommy Tucker Ltd, a manufacturer of over 50 million cinema servings of popcorn a year, could continue its expansion by taking on new premises in Rotherham.

The family firm, which has premises in Shireoaks and Retford in Nottinghamshire, produces popcorn, candyfloss and confectionery. It is already a leading supplier to Odeon and Vue cinemas across the country, and has moved into direct retail, selling through national retailers.

A planning application has now been submitted that would enable the firm to expand into Unit 1 and 2, Houghton Road, North Anston. The plans include changing the use of the existing site and buildings, currently known as Target Park, from distribution to general industrial that would enable food production and distribution. Plans for a new electricity sub station and signage are also included.

The plans state that the new operation would be home to 30 full time employees.

The 43,000 sq ft property has been listed with property agents, Knight Frank.

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The firm began life in 1988 servicing a hand full of cinemas, popping corn and loading trucks by hand. The company has transformed itself into the UK's largest independent popcorn manufacturer. Employing around 60 staff, Tommy Tucker now manufacturers hundreds of products onsite and outputs tens of millions of units every year.

Supplying to the UK and Europe, popcorn, candy floss and confectionery is available in a huge variety of formats. Ranging from one metre high cinema-ready tubes, gourmet flavoured and luxury popcorn, to a new American-diner inspired retail range. It also carries licences for confectionery products to tie in with movies such as Frozen and Minions.

Tommy Tucker Ltd acquired RJ Foods in June 2015 adding flapjacks and other confectionary products to its growing product range.

Last year, new machinery was purchased to increase capacity and allow the company to produce new products and move into different markets and it expects to see up to 30% growth in the business during the next five years.

Tommy Tucker website

Images: Tommy Tucker / Knight Frank

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