Direct Food Ingredients heads for transatlantic success with US opening

Direct Food Ingredients is consolidating its longstanding status as the market leader in ingredients distribution by opening an office in the USA.

The food, nutritional and sports ingredients distributor chose Los Angeles for its dedicated office and warehouse facility which will support the company’s international expansion plans.

Headed up by Abe Cortez, Vice President of the US office, the new base will focus on the sports nutrition and nutraceutical sectors. Direct Food Ingredients has built a strong position and reputation in the UK market. The expansion marks the company’s continuing success having recently announced a turnover of over £6 million in the first six months of trading this year.

Managing Director at Direct Food Ingredients, Steve Loake, comments: “Opening the new office is a huge achievement and an important step in our goal to bring our professionalism, stringent procedures and knowledge of this complex market overseas.

“Unfortunately many areas of the US market are driven by low quality imports from China so we are keen to bring our dedication to high standards and quality to the US.

“Over the past 20 years, we have become an industry leader in the UK and it is now time for us to expand overseas. The US is the ideal place to begin and we look forward to supplying customers with our impeccable ingredients from our vast portfolio.”

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Blakemore Fresh Foods looks to have achieved record sales, in excess of £36 million for the 2014/15 financial year, following a successful expansion into new trading areas.

The fresh meat wholesaler and importer opened a new office in Bristol at the start of 2015, in addition to launching trading bases in South Wales, London and Nottingham in recent years. This success follows the company’s £3.5 million investment in a bespoke cutting, storage facility and head offices, located at Hilton Cross, South Staffordshire, in 2010.

Trading Director Richard Brownjohn says, “It is our ambition to be recognised as one of the top five meat importers and wholesalers in the UK, and the contribution of those within our new offices, in addition to the existing expertise that we have across our operation, will be vital towards us achieving this goal."

Richard also pointed to the important role that the company’s Welsh trading team have played in the growth of Blakemore Fresh Foods after three successful years with the business. The team that works out of the Talbot Green regional distribution centre all began working for Blakemore in April 2012 and have since brought £7.5 million worth of business to the company. Trading Manager Jon Jackson along with Traders Dewi Phillips, Andrew Hunt and Dave Llewelyn, has developed trade with local butchers, farm shops and pubs across Wales and the West Midlands.

Richard says, “The contribution of the traders based in our Welsh office has been exceptional and by working alongside our existing team, we have developed trade through the Talbot Green office from nothing to almost £8 million."

The business has also built upon the success of the Talbot Green Office by launching a new Bristol-based team, which consists of Giovanni Maniglia and Ross Henderson. The new office was launched in January with the objective of developing trade across the West Country, from Gloucestershire through to Cornwall.

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