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Sleaford Quality Foods named Central England's top growth business at food industry awards

23 September 2016

Sleaford Quality Foods named Central England's top growth business at food industry awards

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Lincolnshire-based Sleaford Quality Foods was declared winner of the Regional Growth Business Award for Central England in the industry-leading Food and Drink Federation Awards. The ceremony, held at London's The Brewery, celebrated businesses and industry professionals from across the food and drink supply chain. The category was sponsored by Grant Thornton UK LLP.

Sleaford Quality Foods, based in Sleaford, South Lincolnshire, specialises in dried and dehydrated food, supplying its customers with over 1,200 different dried and canned products. Established in 1968, the company developed its manufacturing, warehouse and distribution facility to become a leading supplier of high-quality ingredients for the food manufacturing and catering industries.

The company has achieved consistent growth year-on-year in both manufacturing and foodservice and has seen turnover grow from £15 million ten years ago to £50 million in 2015/2016 – representing more than 200% growth.

Ian Wright, Director General, FDF, said: “The FDF Awards truly are a badge of excellence and Sleaford Quality Foods' success in the Growth Business category demonstrates the huge potential of food and drink businesses across the UK.

“Achieving over 200% growth in just ten years is a huge and impressive achievement. Sleaford Quality Foods represents a growing business with a strong heritage that is investing for success.”

Trefor Griffith, Head of Food and Beverage at category sponsors Grant Thornton UK LLP commented: “Grant Thornton is delighted to once again be supporting the Growth Business category for this year's Food and Drink Federation Awards. We're committed to building a vibrant economy by helping dynamic businesses like Sleaford Quality Foods unlock their potential for growth. We work with leading food and drink firms across the UK, so we're delighted to be able celebrate the contribution businesses like Sleaford Quality Foods make to their region, the manufacturing sector and the UK as a whole.”

More information

Event photos are available on FDF's Flickr page

The 2017 FDF Awards will launch in November 2016.

Notes for editors

  1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector.
  2. View the winners' case studies
  3. Grant Thornton UK LLP is one of the world's leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. For further information visit:
  4. Sleaford Quality Foods is a leading supplier of high quality ingredients for the food manufacturing and catering industries. It specialises in dried and dehydrated food products from herbs and spices, to potatoes, onion, fruit and vegetables through to dried soups, bouillons, gravies, seasonings and core cooking ingredients.

Contact Matthew Evans, Corporate Affairs Division, at: Matthew.Evans@fdf.org.uk, or (0) 20 7420 7152.

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