Tangerine Confectionery has announced it is to create 90 jobs at its York factory following a £7.5m ($9.10) investment that will increase production capacity by 30%.
The investment follows Valeo’s 2018 buyout of Tangerine, the maker of sweet brands including Barratt and Henry Goode, and its subsequent merger with Leicester-based Big Bear Confectionery, to create Valeo Confectionery UK.
Tangerine said two new production lines are being installed as part of the expansion, with jobs being generated in engineering, site management, maintenance and production.
As part of the merger, production of Big Bear brands Fox’s and Poppets will move to the York site, where sweet brands Jameson’s Caramels, Coconut Ruffles and Taveners are produced.
Mark Townsley, factory general manager at Tangerine Confectionery, said: "Our York site has a long heritage which goes back to the 1960's and we're thrilled it's becoming home to more of the UK's best loved sweet brands with the addition of Fox's and Poppets."
The investment will also allow for an additional 2,000 tons of retailer own-label confectionery to be produced at York.
“The region, as a whole, has a strong history of confectionery production, and this investment will help carry this even further,” said Townsely.
Tangerine Confectionery was sold to Valeo for £100m-plus in August 2018.