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.”