The Pontefract Liquorice Festival

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

On Sunday 8th July, Tangerine Confectionery Ltd sponsored the annual Liquorice Festival in Pontefract, the historical home of liquorice.

The Tangerine stall was situated in the heart of Pontefract and featured classic liquorice sweets such as Pontefract Cakes and Barratt Liquorice Novelties as well as family favourites like Dip Dabs and our more recent range of Softies. As usual, the event was well attended by liquorice and sweet lovers from around the country, and the ongoing sunny weather meant that the festival was even more busy than usual!

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

Office staff from a variety of teams within the business at Pontefract came together, helping to set up the stand and tell people about our fantastic range of confectionery.

The team had a great day and many of the local community, who come back year after year, were able to share their own sweet memories, including ‘Mr Liquorice’ who tours the country giving talks on the history of liquorice. The event was also an opportunity to introduce people to the new sweets in our range, such as Bubblegum Bottles, and gain their feedback.

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

We would like to thank everyone that helped out on the day to make the event a great success and are already looking forward to being a part of the festival next year!

New Privacy Policy

Here at Tangerine Confectionery we wanted to let you know that we’ve updated our Privacy Policy in line with the new data protection laws, which come into effect on 25th May 2018.

By using our site and/or providing us with personal information you are agreeing to the terms of our policy and so we want you to understand how we collect, store and handle your data. To find out more, please read our new Privacy Policy here which explains more about this and also the rights you have in relation to your personal data too.

Make Sweet Memories – check out our new TV ad!

Lights, camera, action – get a taste for Barratt retro favourites! See the stars of the sweet world, from Dip Dab and Sherbet Fountain to Refreshers and Fruit Salad, come to life on screen. Experience every taste sensation under the sun, strawberry butterflies that pop on the tongue and tangscrummily-bitingly-stretchy-chewiness to the feeling of floating on a dreamboat of raspberry and vanilla flavours – you can’t describe them, but you’ll never forget them! Grab your favourite and start making your own sweet memories today!

Tangerine Gender Pay Gap Report 2017

Our Statement

“Tangerine`s products and brands are enjoyed every day by consumers of all ages, gender, social background and origin. We embrace this richness and diversity and aim to have a workforce and talent pool that reflects the community and society.

In line with legislation, we offer equal pay for the same roles, skills and levels of experience regardless of whether they are performed by men or women.

We will actively aim to develop our female colleagues and keep attracting women for the more senior positions and leadership roles.

We believe that our organisation will benefit from inclusiveness and diversity and that this will be a contributing factor to our ongoing and future success.”

– Anthony Francheterre, CEO

Reporting and KPIs

The new UK regulations require us to calculate the gender pay gap according to a specific calculation methodology. The results are based on the April 2017 payroll.

The calculated gender pay gap does not reflect equal pay.

Equal pay is when men and women are paid the same for a similar job/skills/experience – the gender pay gap shows the difference between the average pay of women and men in the organisation, regardless of roles, positions, experience or skills. Equal pay is a legal requirement.

In addition to the gender pay gap which is expressed with two measures, the ‘mean’ and the ‘average’, the bonus pay gap is also calculated.

The report also provides insight into the proportion of women and men in the different pay bands: the population is split up into 4 quartiles according to the average hourly pay.

Our Results


Median and Mean Pay Gap

Median pay gap:
The median pay gap reflects the difference in pay between the middle point man and the middle point woman: the middle point woman has 50% of female colleagues with a higher hourly pay and 50% of colleagues with a lower hourly pay. And the same is valid for the middle point man. It is seen to be a better measure than the ‘mean’ because it corrects for men or women in senior roles who have a relatively high hourly pay.

Tangerine Median Pay Gap Infographic

Our median pay gap of 7.6% says that the middle point women earns 7.6% less than the middle point man. This is a result of the higher representation of
men in senior roles.

Mean pay gap:

The mean gap sums up the hourly rate of all the women in the organisation and divides it by the number of women. The same is done for the male operation. The difference between the two averages is the mean gap.

Tangerine Mean Pay Gap

Our mean pay gap of 17.1% says that the average hourly pay for women is 17.1% below the average hourly pay for men. This is the result of the higher representation of men in senior roles.

Findings and Mission

  • Tangerine is supportive of the government Gender Pay Gap Initiative. We believe that it will provide a stimulus for organisations to reflect on their gender and diversity policies.
  • Because we are clear that we offer equal pay, our gender pay gap is the result of an under-presentation of women in the more senior roles (senior management roles or higher skilled~roles at the manufacturing sites – e.g. engineering).
  • We have a clear ambition to increase the number of women in senior roles.
  • Whilst we believe that we are already doing good things, we are conscious that we can do more and better.
  • We are developing and improving a programme which will focus on diversity.
  • The best way to convince women of potential in the organisation is to demonstrate and inspire by example:
    – Women in senior positions sharing their experience and success
    – Mentorship by women in senior roles
  • We will introduce surveys to measure progress and to help us to (re)orientate our programme.

– Marieke Van Troys, CFO and HR responsible

Action PlanTangerine Action PlanTestimonies

Sonia Ireland – Strategic Development Manager

An Associate Chartered Management Accountant.

“I have worked for Tangerine Confectionery on 2 separate occasions.  Initially from 2006 to 2009 as Group Financial Controller for Operations, responsible for the finances of the factories, distribution and procurement.  In this role I was open to interaction at all levels from shop floor to exec level.  I was given the freedom and flexibility within this role to apply my ideas and provide my input to help the business achieve its objectives.

I was approached by Tangerine Confectionery in 2013 to join in a more senior role as Head of Commercial and Operations Finance.  Having gained commercial finance experience within another organisation for 4 years.  Tangerine had a gap within its finance team and a new role was developed for me to pull on both my operational and commercial experience.  I worked within this role for 4 years, and was given support and provided challenges to aid my development during that time, whilst I also expressed my desire for a more strategic role.  I was offered a Strategic Development Managers role in August 2017, allowing me to develop new skills and working with both internal and external expertise to support the delivery of the company Blue Chips and key business projects.

Tangerine has provided me with opportunities to support my development and career progression. I feel valued, trusted and confident to share my skills and ideas.”

Dee Quick – UK Sales Director

“My personal experience and as a Senior Leader at Tangerine is that the ethos of recruitment and promotion is based on meritocracy. Since joining Tangerine in 2012 my ambition to join the board of Directors has been very well supported with training and coaching helping me secure my Sales Director role in 2016 against direct male competition. Tangerine has some strong female Senior Leaders who provide good role models and also who help grow an environment that gives women confidence.”

Barratt Brand Back in Business

Tangerine Confectionery, creators of a wide range of confectionery heroes, has announced the return of Barratt – the much-loved retro sweets brand – this spring.

Its return marks the 170th anniversary of the much-loved Barratt brand, which was founded by George Osbourne Barratt in Shoreditch, London.

The Barratt brand portfolio will include DipDab, Refreshers, Nougat, Sherbet Fountain, Fruit Salad, Black Jack, Wham, Refreshers Softies and Fruit Salad Softies.

Eight of the 10 best-selling Tangerine Confectionery SKUs* will now be housed under the Barratt brand, including top seller the Barratt DipDab 23g.
The new launch is being supported with an initial investment of £1.5 million, including a new website, full redesign, and TV advertising – putting a spotlight on the revitalised brand and its key product offering.

The decision to bring back Barratt, last seen on shelves in 2013, was prompted by customer demand and market research revealing that the majority of consumers (75%) still hold a strong affinity and fondness for the brand. The majority of the Barratt brand portfolio will be made up of singles, currently worth upwards of £350m per year**.

Set to appear on TV in March 2018, the Barratt logo and pack designs have been revamped to pique shopper’s interests, while still retaining a familiar identity and retaining the trust of consumers.

In addition to Barratt’s exciting return to our shelves, Tangerine Confectionery has also announced the launch of a Sour Apple flavour DipDab – a brand new take on the well-known lolly, with a sour sherbet dip set to turn the UK’s tongues green.

The refreshing new flavour has been designed to provide for the increasing demand for sour tasting confectionery, which has grown by a massive 213% in the last year. The product is predicted to be a huge success with consumers and is available in Asda and various independent retailers from February.

Russell Tanner, Marketing and Category Director at parent company Tangerine Confectionery, said: “The return of Barratt is incredibly exciting, for both consumers and retailers who have a strong memory and connection with the brand.

“Our decision to bring back Barratt demonstrates the business’ commitment to listening to consumer needs and our ongoing determination to drive category growth. We’re optimistic that the return of this much-loved brand will help to drive our ambition further increase our standing in the kid’s singles market to 10 per cent market share.

“Our recent research has shown that a key global trend for 2018 continues to be ‘Kidulting’, the popularity of treats and sweets geared towards adult consumers who are looking for ways to relive their childhood and eat the sweets that remind them of their youth. The study showed that simple pleas¬ures, like eating a DipDab, helped adults reconnect with their inner ‘big-kid’.

“Barratt’s key messaging and range of products align perfectly with this trend, reviving sweet memories and a sense of nostalgia, while encouraging adults to take respite from ‘grown up’ responsibilities to embrace the fun of sweets. The brand perfectly recaptures the simple joys of childhood.

“We expect the new Sour Apple DipDab flavour to fly off shelves, as consumers enjoy a sour version of the well-loved product and welcome back the Barratt brand they know and trust.”

Providing a taste of nostalgia for modern times, the new Barratt branded products will be available in over 90 per cent of retailers nationwide.

For stockist details or more information on Tangerine Confectionery’s Back to Barratt campaign call 01977 692500.

*IRI to 3rd December 2017
**MAT to 3rd December 2017

Modern Slavery Statement

Modern Slavery Statement for Financial Year 2016/17
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Tangerine Confectionery Limited has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Tangerine Confectionery Limited has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.

Our business
Tangerine Confectionery Limited, operating from 5 sites across the UK (Pontefract, York, Cleckheaton, Liverpool and Blackpool), are an international supplier and the leading UK independent manufacturer of sugar confectionery and branded popcorn.

Our high risk areas
High risk areas identified are raw materials sourced internationally via agents. Risks are controlled by ensuring that all agents evidence that their suppliers are compliant with the ETI requirements.

Our policies and procedures
We operate a number of internal policies and procedures to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent way. These include:
• Whistleblowing Policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.

• Ethical Trading and Social Responsibility Policy. The policy explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.

• Equality and Diversity Policy. To ensure the fair and equal treatment of all employees and potential employees in each stage of their employment, and clarify the procedure for raising any grievances relating to equal opportunities.

• We operate an independent ‘Speak Up’ service where any employee or agency worker can phone or contact via a website in complete confidence contact and raise any issues or concerns that they may have with the business. This service is widely communicated to all employees and agency workers across all our business.

Other actions
• We use the Stronger Together communication posters to raise awareness of modern slavery.
• All our sites are independently audited against the standards required by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) code of conduct.

Our suppliers
Tangerine operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence includes a requirement that they are SEDEX registered and as such conform to all elements of the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) requirements. On site supplier audits are also carried out where deemed necessary.
Compliance with the above requires that in supplier organisations:
1. Employment is freely chosen
2. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
3. They hold their own suppliers to account over compliance to ETI standards
4. (For UK based suppliers) They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage/ national living wage (as appropriate)
5. (For international suppliers) They pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of operations
6. Are clear that we will terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light

Key people within Tangerine Confectionery Limited have attended Stronger Together training to identify signs of modern slavery and human trafficking within our business.

Our performance indicators.
We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if:
• No reports are received from -employees (via our whistleblowing policy, independent ‘Speak Up’ service or by way of formal grievance raised), independent audits, or the public or law enforcement agencies, to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.

Approval for this statement
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on July 4th 2017
Name A.Francheterre
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Date: July 4th 2017

Tangerine tastes sweet success with nod for industry award

Tangerine Confectionery, the leading UK independent sugar confectionery supplier, and owner of a plethora of iconic sugar brands, has been shortlisted for a top industry award for its range of own label confectionery, after winning the vote as the top own label confectionery supplier.

The Pontefract-based business, which makes confectionery such as Wham, Fruit Salad, Sherbet Fountain and Dip Dab to name a few, was voted as the winner of the Confectionery Own Label category and will now go forward as a finalist in the Own Label Supplier of the Year category in the Grocer Gold Awards 2016.

Tangerine will compete for the coveted title of overall Own Label Supplier of the Year against 13 other own label suppliers who topped their categories in cereal, dairy, frozen, chilled, snacks and bakery among others, at the event at London’s historic Guildhall on 14 June.

The Grocer’s research among buyers and other industry professionals showed that Tangerine ‘has done a great job reviving forgotten brands, but the turnaround is equally evident on the own label side’. One buyer said that Tangerine has ‘emerged with a strong, rationalised range across the sugar category’, while another happy buyer said ‘their collaborative approach has helped us outperform in that segment’.

Adrian Hipkiss, head of marketing at Tangerine Confectionery, says: “Many people instantly recognise our much-loved confectionery lines such as Refreshers, Lion hard gums, Princess Marshmallows and Flumps, and it’s that experience in crafting memorable sweets that our customers know and love which means we can also create market-leading own label confectionery.
“Tangerine has a proud heritage developed over hundreds of years and with six busy factories, we work tirelessly around the clock to deliver the very best confectionery to leading grocery giants, forecourt shops, discount stores, wholesalers and cash and carries in the UK and internationally.
“We are thrilled to have been chosen as the top confectionery own label supplier and be a finalist at the Grocer Gold Awards thanks to excellent feedback from the industry. We look forward to hearing if we’re successful at the event in June.”


Britain gets its Mojo back

Following huge customer demand Tangerine Confectionery is relaunching its popular Mojo Cola chew in a 36g stick pack format.

The classic SKU, which has been off the market since 2011, was greatly missed by consumers and was one of the products most requested through the customer service department last year. The tangy cola stick pack will feature the classic mojo recipe and an eye catching retro design, after research showed that celebrating the brands heritage had strong nostalgic appeal for consumers.
The Mojo chew will sit alongside three of Tangerine’s other retro favourites: sour Wham, juicy Fruit Salad, and the unmistakable Black Jack.
The launch will be supported with a social campaign and sampling activity designed to reactivate Mojo’s loyal consumer base and attract new consumers.

The Mojo Cola chew 36g stick pack will be available in the convenience and wholesale channels from June, with listings at Batley’s, Hancocks, Nisa, Budgens and Londis among others. The case size is 40 x 36g.




Henry Goode and Princess get the Best Ever Treatment

Tangerine Confectionery, is relaunching two of its popular brands  in the New Year with a brand new, Best Ever recipe and revamped packaging.

Fresh new packs of Henry Goode soft eating liquorice and Princess Mallows will be available in January and February respectively. Both products have undergone extensive consumer testing to target key areas for improvement and after some recipe tweaking it was panelled again to ensure they are ready for the Best Ever label. Over 95% of consumers rated our new Princess marshmallows and Henry Goode red soft eating liquorice recipe better than the previous product especially on flavour and texture. Over 93% rated Henry Goode black soft eating liquorice better on flavour for a product that was already better than key competitors.

Henry Goode became the number one selling soft eating liquorice within three years of its 2009 launch, with a £4m brand value. Its brand refresh will tap into the New Year nutrition market with a focus on the product’s ‘Naturally Goode’ reputation, made from all natural flavours and colours.

The brand new packaging highlights the British heritage of the treat, as well as reinforcing nutrition and quality messages that will make it stand out on the shelf.

The black liquorice product will be available in hanging bag formats of 200g (£1.39) and 140g (£1), as well as a 25 per cent extra free promo pack (175g, £1) and a price marked pack (140g, £1). There will also be a strawberry flavoured red liquorice variant (200g, £1.39).

Princess Mallows has been sold as a recognised brand for over a decade. The pink and white marshmallows with subtle raspberry and vanilla flavours are starch deposited, giving them more indulgent quality than the extruded marshmallows that are more commonly aimed at the children’s market.

By refreshing its image and reinvigorating brand recognition the packaging will tap into latent loyalty for the product. The new packaging highlights health messages that are ideal for the adult market: the marshmallows are fat free and contain just 24 calories per sweet.

The Best Ever Princess Mallows will be available in 150g (£0.89) and 200g (£1.29) hanging bag formats, as well as a 50 per cent extra free promo pack (225g, £0.89) and a price marked pack (170g, £1).

Yen Luong, brand manager at Tangerine Confectionery, comments: “We have put both these fantastic products through rigorous testing to ensure that we are delivering the Best Ever recipe to our consumers. We have confidence that these SKUs will be instrumental in delivering incremental sales to retailers throughout 2016 as appetite for traditional recipes and permissible treats continues.’

Henry Goode soft eating liquorice will be stocked at Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, discounters and impulse stores in January 2016. Princess Mallows will be available in Tesco, discounters and impulse stores from February 2016.


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