Based at The Poppery in Plympton, Portlebay is popcorn filled treasure trove tucked away in a far corner of the Business Park. The head office is home to a large popcorn-popping factory and a small team of dedicated, talented and close-knit individuals.
What started as a dream between 3 close friends quickly manifested into an exciting reality in the form of 'Portlebay', established in 2012. Neil (one of the co-founders), with a background in both Finance and Business, believed that popcorn was going to be the next big desirable snack on the market. Guess what? He was right! Healthy yet satisfying, popcorn is the perfect on-the-go snack.
After laying low for a few years, the three friends jumped on a plane to Chicago. It was here that they bought the necessary popcorn-popping equipment, shipped it back and really started their journey. It took just over a year to set the first factory up; they all ended up knee-deep in popcorn on the first try! It was this positive 'try and try again' attitude and strong core values (each bag is hand-popped here in Devon!) that attributed to their initial, and ever-growing, success.
After 4 - 5 months of endless taste-testing and trialling, it was time to get a professional production team. It's this expert team that invent, test and create all of the delicious flavours of Portlebay Popcorn that we can enjoy today.
The somewhat intriguing name - 'Portlebay' - originates from East Portlemouth; near the ferry at Salcombe. Here at Love Local Collective, we believe that this is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and perfectly reflects the ethos of the brand; honest, refined and wonderfully natural.
Initially, there was the worry that the larger popcorn and snack brands would affect the trade at 'Portlebay', as the snack market is highly saturated and competitive. However, the locality and ethos of the company meant it was only natural to build strong relationships with and start supplying farmers markets and farm shops.
The emphasis on local, independent trading inevitably meant that Portlebay stood out amongst its competitors. Their first products were solely aimed at the local trade, the success of which opened the doors to the mass market i.e. the mainstream stores we can find Portlebay in today!
The caliber of popcorn - in terms of taste, texture and quality - is second to none. We have been munching on Portlebay Popcorn for a while now - Chilli & Lime, Lemon Sherbet, Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup are just a few of our favourites! - and it's exciting to see Portlebay move from strength to strength, consistently popping out unique flavours and exquisite, refreshing branding.