A much-loved lolly manufacturer is closing its factory doors after more than 100 years in business.
Smyth’s Confectionery, which has a factory in Adelaide, South Australia, will shut its doors in June next year.
The firm’s owners have accepted an offer from the South Australian Government to ‘extinguish’ their business and bulldoze their 3,500sq metre factory to make way for a series of motorways as part of the North-South Corridor.
Smyth’s Confectionery, which started selling lollies from a stall in Adelaide’s Central Market in 1910, now produces sweets for distributors and wholesalers across the country.
Its wildly popular ‘Christmas Mixture’ bags are sold in major supermarkets, including Coles and Woolworths.
Smyth’s Confectionery, which has a factory in Adelaide, South Australia, is finally shutting its doors after over century of making lollies. Its wildly popular ‘Christmas Mixture’ bags (pictured) are sold in major supermarkets, including Coles and Woolworths
The company’s plant and machinery will be taken over by a confectionery maker in Sydney
They were a feature of many Aussie childhoods and continue to sell in huge numbers.
‘The Christmas mixer lollies were my mum’s favourite, it ain’t an Aussie Christmas without them,’ one fan wrote online.
But devotees of the treat-filled bags better be quick as there is doubt over whether the product range will continue next year.
The company’s Christmas Mixture bags are a staple of many Aussie childhoods (pictured: their Adelaide warehouse)
Company director Peter Smyth, whose great-grandfather founded the business, told Daily Mail Australia the ‘Christmas Mixture is up in the air’.
‘I don’t know whether that’s going to continue,’ he said.
He added: ‘I’ve been in the business for 40 years, my father still comes in – he’s worked here 67 years.
‘The government brought this on because we’re in the way of the new road. But at the end of the day it was our decision to close the business. Smyth’s will continue on but it’s going to go to Sydney.’
A long-term customer is taking on Smyth’s plant and machinery and will continue producing its lollies in Sydney.
It is understood that the firm’s owners are shortening their Christmas break this year to try to get as far ahead of stock demand as they can so that the transition is seamless for its customers.
The firm also makes lollies for other companies under different brands.
The SA government made a market-value offer for their factory site but refused to pay relocation costs.
Company director Peter Smyth (pictured) said another firm will continue the Smyth’s range in Sydney
A source working in the confectionery industry said they understood the firm’s decision to accept the offer.
‘Manufacturing in Australia is not healthy right now, there’s no margin,’ the source said.
‘The likes of Woolworths and Coles keep you leaner than lean.
‘They really make it hard for you to increase the price to where you want to be and they don’t give you any commitment for years going forward.’