Food manufacturer celebrates award with new jobs

A Yorkshire food manufacturer are celebrating a successful awards season by expanding their team.

Eric Richmond, based in Ossett West Yorkshire were awarded a Gold Star in the Great Taste Awards, known as the Oscars of the Food industry, for their new Game Pie.

The firm which was founded in 1945 by Eric Richmond a WWII RAF pilot and which manufactures a range of pies, sausages and scotch eggs as well as wholesaling meat was taken over Tom and Anne Martin three years ago and have both expanded and diversified their product range since.

Owner Tom said: “Our customers are very loyal and asked for new products which we were delighted to be able to develop and trail with them.  Game is a natural fit for us and because we already use high quality meat suppliers sourcing a high quality, sustainable product wasn’t an issue.  The feedback on our newest range has been positive and the recognition from the Guild of Fine Foods has been fantastic.”

“We’ve added other new flavours to the range including rhubarb for Yorkshire Day and liquorice for the annual Pontefract festival both of which take advantage of the company’s Yorkshire heritage.

The 16 strong team is now looking at new opportunities to promote their new range to delicatessens and the hospitality sector particularly pubs offering fine dining and small hotels in more rural locations.

Its culinary success with the Guild of Fine Foods has created another opportunity for the award winning company which is now on the lookout for an enthusiastic apprentice baker.

“My ethos is to recruit enthusiastic novices who we can invest in through training, as well as experience where required” said Tom.  “Our apprentice butcher, Scott Pearson, will qualify soon, which boosts our skill set, however, I want to add continuously to the team with a new apprentice butcher and an apprentice baker who want to learn a trade ideally.”

Interested applicants should apply in the first instance to Tom Martin; Eric Richmond, 99 Dale Street, Ossett, WF5 9HW, Tel: 01924 276563.