Leading confectionery wholesaler Hancocks is marking its 60th anniversary year with a big instore event for customers and suppliers in Loughborough.

The depot, based on Jubilee Drive will be celebrating the milestone anniversary on Thursday 17th February.

The Loughborough store first opened in 1962 and is one of 14 located around the UK for the sweet wholesaler.

The event, sponsored by Haribo, Nestle, Mondelez and Frisia, will include over 160 offers for retailers to enjoy with hundreds of pounds worth of savings  and big prize draws and giveaways including high street vouchers, stock, hampers and a Premier League stadium tour.

Sixtieth anniversary celebrations will be taking place across the Hancocks stores throughout this year.

The wholesaler has its roots in Loughborough in the East Midlands and was founded by Ray and Liz Hancock who began wholesaling confectionery from their sweet shop in 1962.

In 1969 the second store opened in Sheffield with Stoke on Trent, Manchester and Birmingham opening shortly after. By 1986, Hancocks had seven stores across the UK.

The company has retained its Loughborough connection with the head office still based in the town with its wholesale store next door.

Manager of the Loughborough store, Dean Miller said: “We’re delighted to be opening our doors to customers and suppliers in Loughborough to celebrate Hancocks’ 60th anniversary.

“This is a big year for the business and a chance for us to talk to retailers to show them what we have planned for the coming year, the offer available to them and the new confectionery lines we’ll be introducing.

“Most importantly though, it’s a chance to thank them for being an integral part of the Hancocks’ journey.”

Hancocks Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Summerley, said: “Reaching such a milestone anniversary is a testament to how our teams across the business work together, the service and products we’re able to supply to retailers, however large or small and the suppliers we work with on a daily basis.

“Our selection of confectionery is unrivaled and it’s this which keeps us relevant and ahead of the competition.

“The last couple of years have been difficult for most businesses. We’ve invested heavily in our online offering and this combined with the 14 depots across the UK, means we offer flexibility and allow retailers to shop in the way they prefer.”

Hancocks is the UKs leading confectionery wholesaler with 14 nationwide cash and carry stores and an online channel www.hancocks.co.uk. Customers can shop online 24/7 with delivery to the door or click and collect options.

Hancocks is the one stop shop for confectionery for over 25,000 independent retailers and is part of the World of Sweets group.

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