Reference number
  • L/020
  • Collection
  • 1920s - 2000s
Extent and medium
  • 18 boxes, 16 bundles
  • ┆Papers of sweet manufacturer Fox’s Confectionery, including administration, correspondence, agreements, research, marketing and promotional materials, sales, pricing and production, finance and budgets, building and maintenance of factories and correspondence with local suppliers and contractors. There are also tins of sweets and other examples of product packaging, trophies and statues featuring the company’s polar bear mascot, and a painting.  The collection also includes some papers relating to companies merged with Fox’s, including George Payne and Co Ltd (photographs, production details, press cutting and certificates), Heller Confectionery Ltd (share books, agreements, accounts and share transfers) and The Irish Preserve and Confectionery Co Ltd (share certificates, correspondence and articles of association).
Administrative history
  • ┆Fox's Confectionery was founded by Leicester grocer Walter Richard Fox in 1880. The first factory was on York Road, while the administrative offices were on Oxford Street. The company was immediately successful and by 1897 was making 100 types of sweets. Fox's most famous product, Fox's Glacier Mints, were invented by Eric Fox, Walter's son, in 1918. A staff competition was held to decide on a name and the polar bear mascot. Peppy (peppermint) the polar bear was usually shown standing on one of the mints, which resembled blocks of ice. The logo was designed by Leicester College of Art graduate Clarence Reginald Dalby and launched in 1922. The company also acquired a stuffed polar bear for promotional events. In 1969 Fox's was purchased by Rowntree Mackintosh Confectionery, who moved the factory site to Braunstone. In 1988 Rowntree were purchased by Nestlé, who then sold it to Northern Foods in 2001 along with Payne's Poppets, Just Brazils and XXX Mints.In 2003 Big Bear Ltd bought the brands from Northern Foods for their Glisten Confectionery business. Big Bear were purchased by Raisio in 2011 and Big Bear Confectionery was formed to consolidate Raisio's confectionery brands. In 2017 it was purchased by Valeo Foods. The collection includes some materials from other companies, particularly George Payne and Company Ltd. This manufacturer was based in London and made Payne's Poppets.
Access status
  • Open
Conditions governing access
  • Open and available for researchers.
Conditions governing reproduction
  • Copies may be made for private research purposes only.
Language/scripts of material
  • English
System of arrangement
  • At present, the collection has not been organised into a formal system.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • Transferred from Big Bear Confectionery's Braunstone factory in 2019.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
  • Some duplicates have been removed.
Archivist's note
  • Box list prepared by Natalie Hayton and David Millns. Fonds level description by Katharine Short.
Date(s) of descriptions
  • May 2019