An East Riding based preserve company are topping off another successful year by investing in new equipment and expanding their premises, allowing them to increase production by 25% for the year ahead.
In order to cope with an increases sales year on year, Bracken Hill Fine Foods, based in Elvington near York have invested in a new packing shed giving an extra 195 square meters of packing and storage space, allowing the family run company the opportunity to expand their award winning range and in turn take on more staff.
Set up and run by the Maycock family 12 years ago in converted farm buildings, the company now has one of the largest product ranges in the North of England. The company prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients where possible, using fruit from their own orchards at Sutton-upon-Derwent including plums, apples, pears, quinces, mullberry and medlars, with the rest of their soft fruits and even the chillies, sourced from local farmers.
As well as direct sales through farm shops and other retailers, the firm also supply local business with products used as ingredients for pies, sandwiches, cakes and even Ice cream, as well as supplying a growing number of local hotels, restaurants and cafes throughout the north of England.
Peter Maycock who heads up the businesses along with wife Gill and son Peter said; “We initially set out to produce high quality products for the smaller independent stores and farm shops and through direct sales at local shows and food events. Twelve years on we have proved that format works having won local and national awards for our products every year since we started. We now employ 14 local people to make, pack and deliver our products and we also have a growing internet presence with sales increasing across the UK and into Europe.
“Product innovation and development has always been our strongpoint keeping ahead the field with a wide range of sweet and savoury products including reduced sugar jams and no added sugar chutneys. The latest investment in the business is an exciting time for the company and we are looking forward to a busy year ahead expanding our lines and customer base.”
Bracken Hill Fine Food full range is available to buy online at www.brackenhillfinefoods.co.uk or throughout the region at independent retailers.