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Tangerine sweet factory could close by the end of March
A DEAL aimed at saving the Tangerine sweet factory in Poole has foundered, making its closure at the end of next month almost inevitable.
Tangerine Confectionery announced last November that it would be transferring the manufacture of sweet products from the factory in Branksome to other sites as part of a UK-wide review with the loss of up to 75 jobs.
But it has emerged that the board has been in detailed discussions with another company, Confectionery Craft of Scarborough in Yorkshire, which expressed an interest in acquiring the site and manufacturing existing products for Tangerine under contract.
A statement released by Blackpool-based Tangerine says: “After several months of in-depth investigations, both parties concluded discussion on February 5 and have agreed that the deal is not commercially viable.”
Chef executive Graham Hunter said: “The Tangerine Board has given careful consideration to all proposals made by Confectionery Craft.
“We’ve engaged in open and honest negotiations to explore all avenues in an attempt to find a workable solution that would protect jobs. Unfortunately, despite the hard work of all parties, it’s not been possible to find a resolution that suits all parties.”
The company says the decision to move manufacture to other Tangerine Confectionery sites would lead to the closure of the Branksome factory on March 31.
But it would also enable the company to remain competitive by maximising its production capabilities and making sure some of the nation’s much loved confectionery products would continue to be made.
Tangerine, one of the largest confectionery firms in Europe, took over the former Parrs site in 2007 to make own-brand products for supermarkets.
Family firm Parrs started in Parr Street, Lower Parkstone, after World War Two and relocated to Alder Road in the late 1960s. It became the world’s biggest manufacturer of lettered rock, employing more than 200 people, before the rock-making was sold to a company that ceased trading in 2007.