UK firm Tangerine Confectionery is eyeing the Monkhill sweets business owned by Cadbury Schweppes.

Blackpool-based Tangerine today (5 July) confirmed its interest in buying Cadbury’s Monkhill, which makes brands including Butterkist popcorn.

Cadbury first announced plans to sell Monkhill last year but a fire at the popcorn production facility held back the sale.

“There is an interest (in Monkhill) but I can’t comment further,” a spokesman for Tangerine’s owners, private equity group Close Growth Capital, told just-food.

A Cadbury spokesperson said the process of selling Monkhill has been re-started but she refused to be drawn on the level of interest in Monkhill or whether any bids for the company have been lodged.