Wednesday, January 27, 2016

News: Tommy Tucker's Rotherham relocation

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Tommy Tucker Ltd, a manufacturer of over 50 million cinema servings of popcorn a year, is set to usher in a new era of growth as it snaps up an entire Rotherham business park to satisfy increased market demand.

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.

The UK's largest independent popcorn manufacturer has signed a ten-year lease on 43,000 sq ft of warehousing at Target Park on the North Anston Trading Estate, which is in Rotherham, to service a massive surge in growth and provide further contingency to its cinema and retail customer base.

Rothbiz was first with the news in October that the firm was planning to move into Units 1 and 2 at the development on the outskirts of Dinnington. The planning application to change the use of the site, that was previously home to Approved Food, stated that it would enable food production and distribution and that the new operation would be home to 30 full time employees.

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David Greg, managing director at Tommy Tucker, said: "The company is in a position to capitalise on a streamlined, logistical relocation, which enables us to consolidate several parts of our operations onto one site and to capitalise on better space for future growth.

"Maintaining a base in the M1, A1 corridor suits our operations perfectly and allows for fast access to all parts of the country respectively. And as we supply nationally, location was a prime consideration."

The deal was brokered by the Sheffield office of Knight Frank on behalf of Bold International Properties Ltd. Ben White, partner at Knight Frank, said: "Tommy Tucker wanted to create room for expansion and needed excellent transport links to fulfil its requirements and the site at Target Park is ideal for its purposes. The deal is a ten year lease with a five year break clause.

"Units in this part of the country, which enjoy superb motorway links and routes out to the east coast ports, are available at nationally competitive rates, which is a massive plus for businesses looking to relocate or expand."

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, Minions and Star Wars.

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

In 2014, 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
Knight Frank website

Images: Tommy Tucker / Knight Frank

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