Charming Manufacturer of Handmade Artisan Food and Hampers in West Sussex
- Excellent reputation
- Loyal customer base
- Huge growth opportunity
- Low overheads
- Locally sourced produce
Established 12 years ago, The Picnic & Hamper Co are well known and respected for the quality of their product. They produce handmade artisan/classic food and are based in Chichester, West Sussex.
The business’ tantalising menu includes both savoury and sweet treats, such as tarts, cakes, brownies, biscuits, arancini, tortilla, and puffins, alongside the locally famous Sussex Cheese Finnies. The owner prides themselves on producing the highest quality food, all handmade and using the best local, seasonal ingredients. Many of the items are made dairy or gluten-free, therefore easily catering to those with allergies.
The delicious goods are distributed at events, fairs, farmers markets and farm and speciality shops across the West Sussex and Hampshire areas, having developed a loyal following of repeat customers.
The business has thrived during the Covid-19 pandemic, witnessing a strong uptake in orders and an increase in the number of farm shops requesting products to stock.
Currently operated from a small industrial unit in Chichester, the business is easily relocatable due to the current lease expiring in December 2020. This provides excellent flexibility for the new owner and complete freedom over business operations.
At the present site the owner and her husband bake and prepare all food, products, and hampers from an industrial kitchen, using only locally sourced goods that are currently in season for the freshest flavours. All equipment is included in the sale, including the kitchen’s industrial-standard ovens.
An immaculately presented website showcases the business’ wholesome beginnings and delicious product offering, alongside a list of all stockists. Larger orders can also be made on this platform.
The owner is willing to offer a transitional period to ensure a smooth handover of the business.
This purchase opportunity would be fantastic for a buyer already experienced with cooking, baking, and managing farmers markets.
Despite increased success since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, The Picnic & Hamper Co. offers scope for further development. For example, the new owner could expand its currently limited online store offering, as well as approach more stockists.
The business could also more effectively use its Instagram and Facebook pages to appeal to potential customers, attracting both local clientele and those further afield with mouth-watering food photography and engaging text. This could help to create more awareness, increase orders, and consequently boost profits. Gathering online testimonials and encouraging reviews would also help to build upon the business’ strong reputation.