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Orchard Valley Foods

Orchard Valley Foods case study

Orchard Valley Foods is an award-winning company based in South Shropshire. Operating since 2004, it now employs over 70 staff. The company has its own production facilities in Burford, near Tenbury Wells and has recently opened its UK distribution hub close by.

The company supplies confections, decorations and inclusions to the food manufacturing sector and is the sole channel distributor for a number of European and UK specialist manufacturers.

Export is fundamental to the company’s growth and Orchard Valley Foods is planning to grow by 15% per annum over the next couple of years increasing their annual turnover to £32m.

Cherry Blumberg, Managing Director, says the company’s success is based on having the broadest product range possible, high level site accreditations, a robust approach to innovation, good leadership and a great team of staff focussing on the needs of customers. Being based in Shropshire has also played its part.

Cherry comments: ”Apart from offering a terrific work environment and a unique quality of life, being based in Shropshire gives businesses the opportunity to service the Welsh market, whatever sector they operate within.”

Cherry adds that the County’s location within the UK is a major benefit, “Being based in Shropshire offers us proximity and ease of access to the large trading centres of Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff, both by rail and road. This in turn has contributed towards the achievement of our exporting ambitions.”

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The company has concentrated on export development over the last 4 years, and now the level of turnover achieved represents over 10% of total company sales.

This focussed approach has resulted in the company winning the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the field of International Trade. To win this award, Orchard Valley demonstrated year on year growth in exporting to almost 30 overseas markets.

And the awards keep coming. Orchard Valley Foods has been awarded a Gold Standard for Food Safety by M&S, one of only a small number achieved under its new audit system, and most recently were named ‘Company of the Year’ at the 2016 Shropshire Business Awards.