Radfords has been making fudge since the 1950’s and has moved factory 4 times; on each occasion it has found bigger and better premises to manufacture an ever increasing range of fudge and confectionery. Colin and Jenny Tyler bought the business in 2006 (when it was called Radfords of Devon) and so 2016 is a special 10 years anniversary of Radfords Fine Fudge Ltd.
Radfords of Devon started life in the seaside town of Teignmouth. A boom in tourism to the area led to the business growing and it’s reputation for quality was established in these early days. The Radfords family sold the business when it moved from a bakery in Teignmouth to the neighbouring South Devon town of Torquay. Radfords of Devon continued to grow a reputable supply of fudge throughout the South Hams. Radfords of Devon was sold to Colin & Jenny Tyler in 2006 and the factory was re-located from Torquay to Martock in rural Somerset.
Colin is the Managing Director and brings a wealth of industry experience. He is a graduate of Food Science and spent 15 years working for large Plc food companies before buying Radfords Fine Fudge. During his ownership the business revenues have grown 500%!
Radfords is still a family business and, despite its recent and rapid growth, it retains a small and personal approach. Another significant milestone was reached in 2014 when the business was moved three miles ‘down the road’ to a bigger and better site. The factory is now situated in a picturesque location in the small rural Somerset village called Stoke-Sub-Hamdon. The property is owned by Prince Charles (part of the Duchy of Cornwall Estate) and they are proud to be tenants and custodians of an Edwardian hamstone factory building that has a fascinating history.
They would describe their processes and techniques as artisan and traditional. Their fudge is made in copper kettles and, once cooled, it is cut by hand and packed by hand – no robots there!
They have a very experienced team, and with over fifty years of heritage, they are proud to say they have the ‘know how’ to ensure the highest standards in everything they do. In support of this claim, the factory has achieved SALSA accreditation.
They produce over 50 flavours of fudge but, despite being very different in style, their crumbly butter fudge along with their smooth vanilla fudge remain their most popular. They have recently (2014) invested in new equipment that gives us a three-fold increase in their capacity. They therefore have capability and ambitions for immediate growth. As well as their award winning fudge, they have also diversified into other confectionery products such as brittles, honeycomb, nougat and marshmallows.
All of their fudge is ambient and has 9 months shelf-life from manufacture.