Charming Manufacturer of Handmade Artisan Foods in West Sussex
- Excellent reputation
- Loyal customer base
- Huge growth opportunity
- Low overheads
- Locally sourced produce
Established 21 years ago, The Picnic & Hamper Co are well known and respected for the quality of their product. They produce handmade artisan/classic foods and are based in Hambrook, near 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.
The business is currently located in a secure unit in a business centre in Hambrook, near Chichester. The unit is a self-contained, bright, and light space, which has recently been refurbished. There are other local businesses in the vicinity and the rent is £400 per calendar month and includes everything except the electricity bill. The new owner will be able to move into this well-equipped premises and start trading immediately.
At the present site the owners bake and prepare all food, products 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.
This purchase opportunity would be suitable for a buyer with interest in cooking and baking. The Covid period has enabled the business to change its emphasis with fewer and better markets and increased sales thro' local outlets. The turnover - net profit comparison has improved significantly. There remains huge scope for increasing sales in these areas.
There is effectively zero activity on its Facebook and Instagram accounts. Increased use of these would drive up sales to existing and new customers and create more awareness. Gathering online testimonials and encouraging reviews would also help build upon the business' strong reputation.
- Parking for two vehicles
- Close to local businesses