Pick and Mix remains as popular today, as ever. It seems that, despite health and dietary concerns, we still have a sweet tooth to be satisfied. Today, the Pick and Mix market includes traditional Pick and Mix, loose sweets and a growing ‘Retro’ market. ‘Old fashioned sweet shops’ are a popular and growing trend, where shoppers can take advantage of packed sweet stands full of boiled sweets, liquorice, and bonbons.
A Growing Industry
Research shows that the confectionery market is worth more than £5.5bn. The sweet sector makes up a substantial £1.3bn of sales (Nielsen). Plus, its impulse nature (“I’ll just grab some sweets on the way home”) makes it a popular choice for convenience stores and local ‘corner shop’ retailers. Convenience accounts for nearly a quarter (24%) of total confectionery sales. There is also a growing number of ‘Retro’ sweet shops found in major cities. As well as tourist venues and ‘farmers’ market’ food events. Here at Wrights GPX, as a leading supplier and manufacturer of PoS solutions. We’ve got everything you need to equip your sweet store with, including confectionery displays, stands, and scoops.
The Origin of Pick and Mix
It is a well-known fact that Pick and Mix began in the USA, thanks to legendary retailer Frank Woolworth. The Woolworth Museum details how Pick and Mix was an essential ingredient of his first store in 1886. By 1910, sweets were also a part of the UK chain. Although the sweets were incredibly popular with shoppers early on, the firm only adopted the customer nickname ‘pick n mix’ in the 1950s, years after it was first used. By the 1930s Woolworth’s had established themselves as the UK’s leading confectionery retailer. Unsurprisingly, Pick and Mix was a major bestseller. Woolworths closed in November 2008. However, this merely temporarily halted the growth of Pick and Mix sweets. With high margins, the product range found itself in more and more locations. Retailers, of course, but also petrol forecourts, theatres, charity events and fundraisers, weddings and kids parties.
Pick and Mix Sweet Stands
Storing, dispensing and displaying is low-cost, with a wide range of Pick and Mix stands, sweet dispensers and sweet stands available. This century has seen the appearance of many Retro confectionery shops, both in the High Street and online. The non-individually wrapped market is valued at around £800m, so it is easy to see why so many people want a ‘bite’ of the market. Here at Wrights GPX, we can help you create the perfect retail environment for selling sweets and confectionery. With a wide range of quality and cost-effective sweet accessories on offer, you can be sure to find exactly what you need with us. Our pick and mix dispensers are available in different sizes, and with different pick n mix stands available too. Therefore, you can create the perfect set up for your shoppers.
Contact Us Today
If you would like to find out more about our sweet dispensers and sweet stands, head to our website today. Alternatively, call 0800 772 3098 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.
If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Choosing the Right Leaflet Holder.