Annie Preserves Family Tradtion

An iconic Huddersfield based preserve company are set to welcome the 6th generation of their family into the business this spring.

Shaws of Huddersfield, who have produced a range of chutneys and preserves from their West Yorkshire base for nearly 130 years have welcomed Annie Shaw to the team, who will take on a graduate trainee programme initially focussing on operations.

The growing business has seen a recent shift to increasing their support of local businesses for ethical, economic and environmental reasons, responding to a growth in demand from their customers and have also increased the reach of their products which are now more widely available both regionally and nationally.

Managing Director Jan Docker said: “We have spent time trying to build the business to ensure a steady and sustainable growth and we’re delighted to be welcoming Annie on board.”

Starting out as general merchants in 1889, Shaws then moved into vinegar brewing and pickles in the mid to late 20th century and now concentrate solely on chutneys, relishes, sauces and salsas.

Jan continued: “One thing that hasn’t changed is where we manufacture. Shaws have been on the same site in Huddersfield since 1913.  We’re continually re-investing in our facilities but essentially we manufacture in a converted textile mill that is part of Huddersfield’s heritage”.

Not content with just keeping things local Shaws are also now building on their long-standing relationship with Yorkshire based supermarket Morrisons and are set to launch three new products into the supermarket which will join their already popular mango chutney and will be available nationwide.

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