Business is booming for the Stroud-based food maker –
After two turbulent years, Stroud-based Kitchen Garden Foods, owner of organic porridge brands Wolfy and NAFF foods, has announced that its turnover has surpassed pre-pandemic levels and topped £1million .
With its markets including hotels, restaurants, pubs and the leisure and travel sectors, the Gloucestershire business has been hit hard by the pandemic and has had to use the government’s furlough scheme to stay afloat.
However, the ever-creative food maker has been focused on preparing for those markets to reopen, and new deals with companies like British Airways have already seen sales of its NAFF sauce, rub and pickle brand. double.
Starting August 2022, he also expects to see his Wolfy’s Protein Boosted Porridge on sale at 226 Co-op stores nationwide – with more exciting deals expected to be announced soon.
James Horwood, director and co-owner of Kitchen Garden Foods with James Moinet, said: “The past two years have been crazy – full of ups and downs. One minute your business is struggling and the next you see orders pouring in.
“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous about what Kitchen Garden would look like post-pandemic – or if it even existed anymore. Luckily for us, we’re not heavily in debt or other big commitments and we have a long-lived product, so we’ve weathered the storm pretty well.
“Looking back now, I am unequivocally convinced that we made all the right decisions at all the right times, and ultimately, it sustained us.
“Now, as we have just completed our 2021 to 2022 fiscal year, business is better than ever. We have secured many new customers and our sales are the highest in our history.
Founded in 1989, Kitchen Garden Foods specializes in preserves, chutneys, jams, marmalades, sauces, mustards and dressings. All products are handmade, in small batches, using only natural ingredients.
The company, which employs around 20 people at its head office in Salmon Springs, has received more than 100 awards and its products are sold in over 1,000 outlets in the UK and overseas, including Waitrose and Ocado .
By Andrew Merrel
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Friday 08 April 2022