Confectionery specialist wholesaler Hancocks is about to open its first new cash and carry depot since 2000, as it commences a major expansion drive.

The 10,000sq ft unit in Cardiff - its first site in Wales and its 15th in total - is due to open on 12 October.

"We are looking to expand into a number of areas across the UK, and this site on Penarth Road in Cardiff has provided an excellent opportunity for us," commented CEO Andrew Hancock.

He said the company had identified eight sites in the south east where it was not represented and one in Edinburgh and hoped to complete the new phase of expansion in the next three to four years.