£1m price tag placed on historic Blackpool sweet factory

Tangerine Confectionery's factory at Clifton Road.
Tangerine Confectionery's factory at Clifton Road.
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An historic sweet factory is up for sale in Blackpool as its owner switch jobs to its sister site.

A price tag of around £1m has been put on Tangerine Confectionery’s huge Clifton Road

Workers were told last March the company was going to close the site, with the loss of 110 jobs.

The company said it wanted to transfer some of the work to the nearby Vicarage Road site and Blackpool Council stepped in with a £125,000 grant to help transfer of 

That managed to save around 35 of the jobs at Tangerine which is one of the Marton area’s biggest employers.

Now commercial property consultant Robert Pinkus & Co has been appointed to market the factory and warehouse premises following the internal relocation of the Clifton Road facility to other Tangerine factories.

Tangerine produces sugar confectionery and branded popcorn such as Barratts, Butterkist and Henry Goode’s Liquorice.

The company operates six factories across five UK manufacturing sites, including Vicarage Lane, Cleckheaton, Pontefract, Liverpool and York. Tangerine acquired the Clifton Road site as part of a larger acquisition of the confectionery division of Toms of Denmark in 2006.

It was the home of several product lines including Chews and Bon Bons, which are both transferring to Vicarage Road.

The former food production facility is on the market for sale as a freehold and the agents said it has the potential for re-development, subject to planning consent.

A spokesman said: “Located in an extremely prominent and busy commercial location, the 86,234 sq ft factory sits on a site of 1.8 acres at the entrance of Clifton Road Trading Estate, one of Blackpool’s premier industrial parks, and has excellent access to Junction 4 of the M55 motorway.

“It comprises an amalgamation of several warehouse/industrial buildings which combine to provide a food production unit, staff canteen and over 8,300 sq ft of office accommodation with heating/cooling air conditioning.”

A company spokesman said the factory operation will end by March 31, resulting in 110 job losses. He said: “The business has worked very closely with Blackpool Council to safeguard a minimum of 35 local jobs.

“We appreciate the work of the council to bridge the extra costs to move product lines.

“The move to modernise and restructure our manufacturing will help us to protect jobs in the long term by allowing the company to operate in a more modern and efficient way.”