What we do

Italian farmer sitting in his olive groveWe start with the world’s great food traditions and, through understanding how people shop, cook and eat, develop fresh and flavourful products that delight them, and become part of their lives.

Where the category doesn’t exist but the need does, we invest in manufacturing to make it happen.

Olives & Antipasti

As the #1 provider of pre-packed chilled olives and antipasti to the UK market, we pride ourselves on sourcing and working in partnership with high-quality growers from around the world.

Our UK centre of excellence can offer a bespoke solution for both retail and foodservice-ready packs, pots, platters, and buckets, with any combination of olives and antipasti, as well as continental meats.

Continental Meats

With a heritage of supplying continental meats for over 30 years, we work with our production partners in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Belgium, to supply own-label and branded lines to the retail and foodservice sectors. Since supplying chorizo into UK supermarkets, we have gone on to bring many first-to-market continental lines to consumers.

Plant Based

We established our position in the plant-based category 3 years ago, launching across retail and foodservice customers. We have set our vision to lead the market with plant-based food, producing from our brand new, dedicated plant-based site and sourcing across Europe so we provide great tasting food. This enables flexitarians and vegans alike to enjoy their meal occasions every day.

Mediterranean Foods

Outside our core categories, we also supply a range of Mediterranean foods – and we were responsible for launching many of them into the UK. These foods span bakery, chilled pasta, and Spanish omelette.

Categories

Categories

We pride ourselves on our ability to lead, grow and create categories. Our heritage and leadership position (# 1 for UK chilled olives, antipasti, and continental meats) enable us to speak authoritatively and deliver category insight and analysis, consumer behaviour research, and category trends.

Over the last three years we have grown our position in the plant-based category – resulting in the launch of a dedicated plant-based site. Most recently we have created the chilled super condiments category with the launch and subsequent growth of our pickles and ferments brand, Vadasz.

Supply chain

We try to improve every stage of the supply chain by balancing efficiency, sustainability and quality. We use technology, rigorous process and collaborative relationships to overcome challenges where they arise, and to proactively create new ideas in manufacturing, transport, and agriculture and animal welfare.

  • Agriculture
    Agriculture
  • Primary processing
    Primary processing
  • Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
  • Supply chain
    Supply chain
  • Store
    Store
  • Category Management
    Category Management
  • Driven Innovation
    Driven Innovation
  • Table
    Table

What makes us different - we lead, grow, create

Our unique model has made us the UK’s most dynamic and innovative chilled food business. We have the flexibility to use in-house and outsourced supply to provide the best solutions for our customers.

With a flexible supply chain, we can respond quickly to changing customer needs
With a flexible supply chain, we can respond quickly to changing customer needs
Database mapping of all our partner sites ensures complete traceability
Database mapping of all our partner sites ensures complete traceability
Long-held relationships with our partner sites mean that they are a part of the journey
Long-held relationships with our partner sites mean that they are a part of the journey
Access to our market-leading supply, planning and forecasting data
Access to our market-leading supply, planning and forecasting data
Low-cost logistics due to our consolidated Europe-wide transport system
Low-cost logistics due to our consolidated Europe-wide transport system
We always choose a partner that meets requirements, whether for production, product development and sustainability credentials
We always choose a partner that meets requirements, whether for production, product development and sustainability credentials
Optimum production processes are assured due to rigorous testing and auditing by our technical experts
Optimum production processes are assured due to rigorous testing and auditing by our technical experts

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We first bought chorizo to the UK in 1990 and it's still so popular 31 years later! Whatever the weather this Spanish favourite is amazing in a range of dishes. It certainly doesn't disappoint in this delicious potato and chorizo hash with some delicious runny eggs nestled on the top. Breakfast or lunch, you decide. What's your favourite chorizo dish? ...

Although nothing compares to seeing photographs hanging in a gallery , this 'virtual' exhibition of the 2021 @foodphotoaward is a close second. It gives a taster of what is to come in November when an exhibition of this year's finalists goes live at @royalphotographicsociety. Click on the link in our bio and take a wander round - not forgetting to check out Winterbotham Darby Food For Sale, obviously. ...

If you're in this weekend (and let's face it - most of us are) then why take a foodie trip with @marksandspencer's Italian night family dine in. Call us biased but we love the 'Nduja Meatballs with Pappardelle which is a dish in the deal. *whispers* It might be something to do with the fact that the 'nduja is one of our favourite products. And that we supply it through our foodservice team. But, despite our bias it really is a star in our range of Italian continental products and that's what we're about - delivering fresh and flavourful products. ...

🏆 Congrats to @smithfoto59 🏆 - winner of our Food For Sale category at last night's @foodphotoaward with his image Street Vendor. 📸 A gorgeous picture with beautiful tones. We can't but marvel at the ingenuity of the woman's stall made out of a pram - perfect for mobile sales.
We love this category as it's so close to our hearts (being in the business of selling food ourselves) and echoes our passion for delivering happiness through food.
To see all of the finalist images across the awards click the link in our bio ☝️
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Delighted, once again to be part of the @foodphotoaward and to sponsor the Food For Sale category. Good luck to all the shortlisted photographers and filmmakers. We'll be watching with our fingers crossed for you all later
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It’s finally here!
Join us this evening 20:00BST on @youtube to celebrate the @foodphotoaward Awards hosted by @fred_sirieix
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We've been friends with Spanish continental meats since 1992 when we first introduced them to the UK market. They've gone from strength to strength becoming a firm favourite with many shoppers. Today it's a brunch of dreams featuring Spanish chistorra, tomatoes, cubed potatoes and eggs. One pan, MAXIMUM flavour and minimal washing up. What's your brunch favourite? ...

#Fact - in one single day this week, we produced a record-breaking 213,000 pots of olives and antipasti. So it's official, the British consumer loves olives! Are you a lover or a hater? ...

We're big fans of the med diet and the tomato is so integral to that. So today we're closing our eyes, opening a pot of @foodsunearthed slow roasted tomatoes and savouring the memories of being somewhere warm and sunny. Extremely versatile, they can be enjoyed straight out of the pot, or are great as an ingredient - just like in these cous-cous and roasted tomato stuffed peppers. How do you prefer to eat yours? ...

📣 If you're vegan, a flexitarian or just like tasty food - then this is one for you. New ready-to-eat @squeakybeanveg Chargrilled🔥 Cajun Mini Fillets. No messing around. The taste and texture are a game changer. Well done to the plant-based team for creating something magical - now available in 200 @asda stores ...

Happy day of chocolate 🍫 . Celebrate with pimped up pancakes plus a drizzle of chocolate sauce and fruit. Oh and to top it off we added cream. But this isn't just any old pancake stack - it's a VEGAN stack (check out our very own @squeakybeanveg) as it's all plant-based on here. Enjoy your day and tell us what you're eating? ...

With a long weekend ahead of us, we can take it easy right? More time for lazy mornings which means a nice brunch. We've made ours with smoked brunswick ham, but you could add prosciutto, parma or speck for a touch of decandce. Add tea, coffee or juice and RELAX 🍳 ☕ ...

🐟 If you love fish then this is one for you - pan fried cod with roasted vegetables, rosemary roasted potatoes and sliced chorizo. Chorizo is one of our most popular continental meat products. Many years on after we first launched it to the UK retail market consumers love it just as much as they always have done. What's your favourite way to eat chorizo? happy Friday 🐟 ...

📣 The long awaited shortlist for the @foodphotoaward is now live!! 📷 This year has seen a bumper crop of gorgeously creative entries. We're delighted to see what's in our 'Food For Sale' category. So grab a drink, click above and scroll through to see what gorgeous images have been shortlisted. Is one of yours on there - let us know? Click the link in our bio to go straight to our 'Food for Sale' category ⬆️ ...

We understand consumers and we know that on shelf appeal and pack stand-out is so important. After research and trial, our @foodsunearthed brand have re-designed their packs using stronger, eye catching use of colour and a disruptive use of pattern (we love that nod to the Med too). Look out for new olive packs in @waitrose and @ocadouk. What's your favourite? ...

It's might be #BritishPieWeek but we think it's perfectly acceptable to add a little continental twist. Our pancetta, either smoked or unsmoked, is great to add to add flavour. Just like in this chicken & mushroom pie. The ultimate in comfort, made with authentic ingredients. We deliver happiness through food. What's your favourite pie? ...

Today is National Pig Day. Our welfare journey began in 2000 & since then we've been improving the welfare of pigs by working with @CIWF

We're committed to the following: + considerably more space for each pig + larger breeding facilities for each sow + free farrowing and +no pigs subjected to tail docking or teeth clipping.

These commitments have led to us, along with some of closest farming partners, to win awards and achieve what was considered 'impossible' in Europe. We thank them all for their dedication and pledge to continue the work with them.
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What does the future of sustainable pig farming look like? Why not join our webinar on Fri 26th March (09.45 - 12.00 GMT) and find out. We’ll set the scene on the future for food, sustainability and livestock, share some case studies, but also talk about how we can validate the data. Plus we’ll run a panel discussion to wrap things up. 🐷 🐖

The line-up includes speakers from Food Ethics Council, University of Leeds and Authenticate, as well as a panel discussion hosted by CIEL Livestock. Click the link in our bio to register. ⬆️
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We've done it! We've won 'Plant Based Manufacturing Company of the Year' at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards. Great recognition for a mammoth project. We spotted a gap in the plant-based market for ready-to-eat chicken style pieces so created a unique product (@squeakybeanveg) with great taste and texture. We secured investment & fitted out a brand new 100% plant-based site to manufacture it - all in 13 months. So great to get recognition for that. Congratulations to the entire #team ...

Quick quiz..🤔 You knew this was a) plant-based and b) that you could get this kind of deliciousness in a box, delivered to your door, ready to cook? Right? If not then check out @hellofreshuk who now include @vivera_UK in their plant-based boxes. Big thumbs up to our #foodservice team who have been involved in the project too. ...