Popcorn giant plans expansion at Target Park

Ben White  of Knight Frank.
Ben White of Knight Frank.
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The UK’s largest independent popcorn maker has snapped up an entire Sheffield business park in a multi-million pound expansion project.

Tommy Tucker, which supplies popcorn, bakery goods and confectionery to the UK’s major cinema, retail and leisure industries, has signed a 10-year lease on the 2.4 acre business park. The deal has led to the creation of a “popping” and bakery facility at Target Park on the North Anston Trading Estate, as the company expands to meet its growth expectations for 2016/17. The deal, brokered by Knight Frank on behalf of Bold International Properties, sees the popcorn firm take units one and two, as its flagship storage, manufacturing and distribution facility.

David Gregg, the managing director at Tommy Tucker, which employs around 100 people, said: “The company is in a position to capitalise on its success.”

Ben White, of Knight Frank, said: “The deal to let Target Park in its entirety is testament to the strength of Sheffield’s industrial offering and the healthy demand for quality units within the M1, A1 corridor. 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.”

Tommy Tucker has been trading for more than 25 years. It acquired RJ Foods in June 2015 as part of an expansion programme, enabling it to add flapjacks, bakery and confectionery goods to its product range.