Hancocks Cash and Carry was established in 1962 when Ray Hancock and his wife Liz started wholesaling confectionery from their UK sweet shop in Shepshed near Loughborough. Ray had realised the benefits of buying sweets and chocolates in bulk and filled every bit of space in the building with confectionery so that he could supply other local retailers at a profit.
The cash and carry business soon grew, moving to new premises three times before 1970. Today, Hancock's head office is located on Jubilee Drive in Loughborough, still close to the origins of the company with the Loughborough cash and carry next door to it.
Following the success of the Loughborough premises as a confectionery cash and carry, Hancocks quickly moved forward to open new cash and carries across the UK. In 1969 the company opened its second depot in Sheffield with Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester and Birmingham following over the next few years. By 1986 the confectionery company had succeeded in opening seven cash and carries throughout the country.
When Ray Hancock died in 1986, his two sons took over at the head of the business, continuing the aggressive growth plan that their father had started so successfully. The Hancock brothers sold the business to a management buy-out in 2012.
Specialising in the wholesale of confectionery to independent retailers and other businesses, Hancocks Cash and Carry offers in excess of 5,000 branded and own label products in each of its 20 sites, stretching from Dundee to Portsmouth. There is no larger range of sweets and chocolates available in the UK!
The cash and carry chain turns over in excess of £70m and has achieved consistent sales growth for many years, often bucking the trend of the UK confectionery industry.
Stocking all of the main brands from the leading confectionery manufacturers, Hancocks also sells a substantial range of pick and mix sweets under its Kingsway own label, including many old fashioned and retro sweets in addition to more contemporary children’s favourites. With no other cash and carry offering such a huge range, pick and mix is a highly profitable area of confectionery that many businesses continue to benefit from.
Hancocks is also known for its comprehensive range of value, own label and lesser known branded confectionery, which has become a key driver in recent years. A skilled buying team ensure very competitive pricing and a continual programme of excellent special offers and exclusive deals.
Specialists in confectionery, Hancocks is always interested to hear from new suppliers that can offer products that need clearing due to over-runs, packaging changes, short dated products and discontinued lines.