Fox's Confectionery

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Big Bear Ltd
HeadquartersBraunstone, Leicester, United Kingdom
ParentValeo Foods
WebsiteFox's Confectionery

Fox's Confectionery is an English confectionery company based in Braunstone, Leicester.


The company was set up Walter Richard Fox as a wholesale grocery and confectionery business in 1880. It started in a Victorian warehouse in Leicester. By 1897 Fox was manufacturing over 100 different confectionery lines.[1]

In 1969 the company was acquired by Mackintosh's, a year prior to the creation of Rowntree Mackintosh when Mackintosh merged with Rowntree's of York. After purchasing Rowntree-Macintosh in 1988 Nestlé sold the Fox's Brand and its Leicester site to Northern Foods in 2001. The company was sold to Big Bear Ltd in 2003. Big Bear Confectionery now has sites in Blackburn, Leicester and Nimbus.

Peppy (from peppermint)[2] the polar bear is the original trademark used for Fox's Glacier Mints and was created by Leicester-based artist C. Reginald Dalby, better known for illustrating The Railway Series books by the Rev. W. Awdry.[3]

Fox's Confectionery was acquired by Valeo Foods in 2015.[4]


  • Fox's "Glacier" Range
  • Paynes Poppets
  • XXX Mints
  • Just Mints
  • Just Brazils
    • Milk Chocolate Just Brazils
    • Dark Chocolate Just Brazils
  • Le Bar (discontinued ~1994)


  1. ^ "About Fox's Confectionery". Fox's Confectionery. Archived from the original on 2 August 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Fox's Glacier Mints". Leicester City Council. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  3. ^ Jack, Ian (18 June 2005). "Tunnel Vision". ("Ian Jack is perplexed by an academic take on the Rev W Awdrey's [sic] 'funny little engine'"). Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  4. ^ Valeo Foods Group agrees €100 million acquisition of Raisio Plc’s confectionery division

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