Who we are

Plant-based vegetarian burger with sundried tomatoes and red onion picklesWe are the # 1 UK supplier of chilled Mediterranean and plant-based foods. Innovative and dynamic, we have a history of establishing and developing new categories for retail and foodservice.

Working with our customers, often becoming a virtual extension of their teams, we help them grow and lead the way in their markets.

With over 450 employees across four locations, our passionate team spans NPD, technical, supply chain, production, procurement, marketing, engineering, and warehouse, to offer the complete end-to-end process.

Did you know?

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we’re the #1 supplier for olives, antipasti, and continental meats to the UK retail market

2018

the year we began our plant-based journey. We’ve since been responsible for more plant-based growth than anyone else in the UK

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years ago, we launched the first self-serve olive bar in a UK supermarket

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nationalities work across our locations – a truly talented international workforce

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– the number of supply partners, farmers and growers we work with across Europe

854

thousand pounds – the amount raised, for Action Against Hunger, via our unearthed® brand

Our vision

Our vision

We start with the world’s great food traditions and, through understanding how people shop, cook and eat, we develop fresh and flavourful products that delight them and become part of their lives.

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.

Above all, we never lose sight of our mission to put delicious food on people’s plates.

Our Values

Responsible

For growing and influencing our categories for the farm to fork process sustainability and ethics. Always considering our colleague, communities and stakeholders.

Enterprising

Thinking outside the box, prepared to act and make decision quickly when the need arises, being flexible and adaptable.

Creative

Seeking out and producing innovative, creative and unique solutions to both customers and partners which add real value.

Passionate

Understanding consumers and developing truly great products for them. Above all passionate about food.

Our culture

Working in our business is sometimes challenging, but always exciting and rewarding.

Whether at a manufacturing site or at our head office, the sense of ‘one family’ is strong. Projects bringing together cross-functional and cross-site teams are delivering superior results and we’re proud of everything we achieve.

We’re constantly evolving and growing, but our business is always driven by our passion – to deliver happiness through food.

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Our culture

Our team

Here are just a few of the passionate individuals who work in our business across our locations.

 
Damian Shaw - CCO

Damian is our Chief Executive Officer. After spending nearly a decade learning to be a food retailer with Sainsbury he joined us in 2003 to share best practice and grow our chilled food commercial team.

Seeing the varied range of consumers who purchase our fantastic products from supermarket shelves is an element of the job that never disappoints. He enjoys being immersed in a team that discovers, innovates and manages. It makes him proud that every day of the week they bring the best tasting food from across Europe, to the UK consumer.

With so much choice his favourite Winterbotham Darby product changes on a regular basis but it is often marinated anchovies or any of the Vadasz products.

 
Simona Cascione Commercial Director

Simona Cascione is our Chief Commercial Officer. She joined us in 2008 and has extensive experience across all of our product categories. Driven by the belief that growth is the sweet spot of understanding the consumers’ needs, quality food and an ambitious team, she loves the excitement of our fast-paced business.

Her typical working day would include travelling in search of great food, meeting customers and find solutions to exciting ideas.

Our Giant Nocellara olives and our grilled artichokes are her favourite products.

 

Matt McAuliffe is our head of Product Development and Inspiration.  He’s been with us since 2014 after 10 years at M&S.  He counts himself lucky that he’s made his passion for all things food into a career and has an amazing range of product areas to play with.

A key part of his role is ensuring our products stay relevant to the consumers in an ever-changing and fast paced world, reinventing if they don’t and using trends to deliver the ones they didn’t know they wanted.

His favourite product (amongst a long list) is our spicy authentic Italian ‘nduja 

 
Marco Aguas - Head of International Business Development

Marco Águas  is our Head of International Business Development. He joined our technical team back in 2008 and has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Mediterranean.

Fast forward and he’s now part of our expansion into the International market. Selling our products across the world and having great success with our unearthed® brand in the US.

Being Portuguese, it’s only natural that Marco’s favourite product is our unearthed® Pastel De Nata

 
James - Process lead

James is one of our newest members of the team, having recently joined the plant-based family in Bicester. As Process Lead, he is responsible for launching new plant-based products and also looking at how we can improve our production processes.

Early on, he identified an area for improvement with regards to set up and operation of one of our larger mixers. This means that it will be easier to remove product from the mixer and increase yield –plus, most critically, it will reduce food waste at the site, too.

His favourite product is a plant-based (not surprisingly) firecracker chicken.

 
Wendy - H&S Advisor and HR

Wendy wears two hats at Bicester – H&S Advisor and HR. She supports line managers with recruitment, on-boarding and induction, plus payroll and HR admin. Throughout our fit-out transition, she was supporting our 20 Bicester-based operatives, who were in local accommodation, close to our manufacturing site in Redhill.

As lockdown hit and hotels closed, accommodating these ‘key’ workers was impossible. Wendy’s solution involved a coach company who was able to transport the operatives, on a daily basis, to and from Bicester, to ensure production continued. This involved not only adapting to constantly changing government regulations but also shift patterns, provision of food for the team, and compliance with coach driver regulations. As a result, production output matched demand and workers remained fit and healthy.

Her favourite product is Squeaky Bean Sweet Smokey BBQ

 
Agnes - NPD process technologist

Agnes works in the NPD department at our olives and antipasti site in Clitheroe. As a Process Technologist, she gets involved in all elements of a new product launch from concept, to trial and pre-production – ensuring things comply with quality, safety and product expectation.

One of our customers wanted to use a new, easy-peel film, not previously used on site. Agnes’ desire for excellence saw her spending time in production to achieve the precise settings to allow an existing film to be used. A win/win which delighted the customer.

Her favourite product is our Goat’s Cheese and Red Pepper Mezze

 
Chris - Innovation, efficiency and improvement

Chris is one of a few staff who have not only worked within several different teams but has also transferred from our head office to our olives and antipasti manufacturing site. His role is about developing and implementing ways to make the site more efficient.
He’s skilled at managing and developing team members. And his growing knowledge of manufacturing, obtained from both our Bicester and Clitheroe sites, has enabled him to create tools to measure and increase output of production and packing lines with great success. As a result, we have clearer visibility on our factory downtime and line performance.

Chris loves our award-winning Squeaky Bean Fluffy American pancakes.

 
Irek - Senior production Supervisor

Irek is based at our second site in Clitheroe. As Production Supervisor he created and manages the 20-strong team who prepare, process and pack our delicious cold brined pickles and ferments.

Not only is he a great people person and communicator, but he is always looking for ways to improve efficiency. He re-purposed a redundant piece of kit, from another site, to reduce vegetable prep time. So it now just takes one operative 2 hours, instead of three people a whole morning to prepare.

When he’s not making it, he loves eating our Vadasz Raw Garlic & Dill Sauerkraut

 
Seb_supply and demand planning

After moving up through the supply chain team, Sebastian is now a team leader for our Demand and Planning team. One of his roles is to ‘join up’ the supply and demand planning function by developing forecast & inventory strategies based on promotions, new lines, delists & other external events.

During a busy lockdown, he effectively managed our products, which led to our business delivering results that exceeded expectations of both ourselves and our retailers.

When we’ve a giveaway, he’ll always pick the Brunswick Ham.

 
Katharine - technical manager

Katharine is based at our site in Bicester – now our home of plant-based. She has an expert technical knowledge and her wealth of experience has ensured that our site consistently maintains a Grade AA+ rating for food safety standards from The British Retail Consortium. Also that we gain top ratings at all of our customer audits.

She’s a sucker for our Double Stuffed Halkidiki Olives but has had to accept that they won’t grow on her allotment!

 
Peter - customer co-ordinator and satisfaction

Peter is responsible for processing customer & supplier orders and also arranging UK & international transport. He had the idea to streamline our transport booking process by using one of our hauliers’ portals.

This has saved him enough time to focus on order efficiency which has resulted in zero foodservice team waste.

He’s a big fan of Squeaky Bean Kick of Tikka ready-to-eat plant-based chicken pieces.

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After a covid-enforced year away, we are delighted that the wonderful @foodphotoaward Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year exhibition is back. On until 12th December, you can see all all the finalist images in their full printed glory at @royalphotographicsociety in Bristol. As well as the Food for Sale category (which we sponsored) there are another 23 categories to view. It really is who's who in food photography excellence. ...

Who says plant-based eaters are missing out? 🤔 Our @squeakybeanveg chargrilled cajun mini fillets have all the taste & texture of their meat counterparts AND you can eat them cold or heat them up. So, pizza lovers, just add them to your regular favourites & cook up a storm. Perfect 👌 🍕 ...

📣 A big cheer for our Simon Dancy - Group Planning Manager. Next Sat he takes on the Ultra Clarendon walk (52 miles) 👏 to fundraise for @naomiandjack - hospice care for children & young adults. Despite some previous knee injuries Simon is determined to do this and raise money for this worthy cause. So if you fancy lending your support too, please click the link in our bio to donate. It's been a tough year for all charities and so every penny is v.gratefully received ♥ ...

It's the end of the week and we think it's all about an easy dinner. 😍 Our chorizo is perfect for one pot dishes. This one combines chilli, garlic, onion, pepper, tomatoes, cannellini beans, chorizo, mushrooms and mixed herbs - cooked for about 40 mins on the hob. Mop it all up with a bit of bread or for extra carbs - mashed potato. Happy Friday chorizo lovers ...

Time out. ⛔ Today we're relaxing, so for an easy lunch we've grabbed a few bits for a continental ploughmans - wafer-thin smoked ham, chargrilled artichokes, olive & sundried focaccia & a wedge of dolcellate. And relax.. Happy bank holiday if you're lucky enough to have the day off. ...

There's something so good about a toasted sarnie 😇 & one of the most popular is cheese and ham. Today we've subbed in a smoked German Brunswick instead of a traditional English ham. Just as tasty and gone just as quick ⚡ What tickles your toastie tastebuds? ...

We are absolutely thrilled that TWO of our our favourite products are finalists at the @thegrocerofficial New Product Awards - @squeakybeanveg - plant-based chargrilled cajun mini fillets and @foodsunearthed pastel de nata. Well done to our passionate & innovative brand teams. Have you tried them? What do you think - are they winner-worthy?
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🍔 Today is #NationalBurgerDay and we're all in favour of the accompaniments. Whether you're eating plant-based 🌱 or enjoy meat our @foodsunearthed slow roasted tomatoes 🍅 and @vadaszdeli red onion pickles are a tasty addition. What's your favourite topping? ...

If there's one thing more we love than brunch, it's a super simple brunch. Our @VadaszDeli kimchi helps tick that box. Take your favourite bagel, add a fried egg and some bacon (plus a slice of cheese if you're feeling fancy) then spoon over a generous helping of delicious spicy and crunchy raw kimchi. You're good to go 🌟 🍳 🥕 💥 ...

Entries are now open for (@foodsunearthed) unearthed® Food For Sale - a category of (@foodphotoaward) Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year Award. This year we’re supporting via the unearthed® Food For Sale category. Attracting evocative, beautiful and educational images the category is all about very best shots of food for sale. It could be a farmers market in France, spices in Senegal, macaroons in a chic Parisian emporium or coconut pancakes from a Thai floating market. Basically images of buying and selling food in shops and on the street anywhere in the world. Check out @foodphotoaward for more info ...

Are you a meat-eater and fancy trying something different and a bit special? Why not try Spanish Ibérico pork? Our award-winning free range ibérico from South West Spain is available in our @foodsunearthed range. If you've not heard of it before, you can treat it a bit like steak and it's delicious served with watercress and chunky fries. Discover a world of flavour ...

You might not be able to get there right now, so let us transport you to Portugal and enjoy a traditional @foodsunearthed Pastel De Nata - delicious traditional crispy puff pastry tarts filled with a heavenly custard. unearthed® have done all the hard work so you just have to pop the oven on, grab a coffee and if you're feeling fancy - add a little dusting of cinnamon. Available in @waitrose ...

#fishlessfriday anyone? Throwback to the @squeakybeanveg February takeover when Sam @nomeatdisco created a loaded fishless finger sarnie stuffed full of mushy peas, tartare sauce & chunky wedges. Immense, quick, easy and absolutely delicious. Go tuck into tasty...😋 🌱 ...

We really cherish our long-standing relationship with international charity @actionagainsthungeruk. We donate 1p for every pack of @foodsunearthed products sold and amazingly, all those pennies we've been collecting since 2010 have now totalled £854,000! This helps them with their incredible work saving the lives of malnourished children and supporting their families beat hunger. To read more about them, click the link in our bio ...

In true British style #nationalpicniweek hasn't quite delivered on the weather ☔ . But ANY kind of picnic counts so even an indoor carpet picnic works for us. Of course, no such event is complete without a quiche, so here's ours - with our hugely popular semi-dried tomatoes and olives. We love how versatile they both are. Happy picnic-ing (and come on please sun) 😎 ...

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. ...