Operations manager returns to lead major expansion at Beacon Foods
October 26th 2023
New operations manager David Branter is excited to rejoin Beacon Foods, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of ingredients and ready-to-eat products, to contribute to the company’s major expansion.
He says the Brecon-based business, which supplies food manufacturers, food service, coffee shops, fast food chains and travel and hospitality industries, is now perfectly placed to secure new business opportunities.
Investment totalling £6 million in the last three years has seen Beacon Foods double the size of its manufacturing and storage facilities to 53,000 square feet in preparation for business growth.
The company, which has 130 employees, has greatly increased production volumes, capabilities and packaging options by investing in state-of-art machinery.
David, 53, who previously worked for the company in 2021, is delighted to be back working closely with chairman Edward Gough and the management team to drive the business forward.
“It’s a very exciting time for the company which is expanding and is in the best place it has ever been,” he said. “The leadership is very good and the staff recruited by the company over the last couple of years have made a positive impact to the business.
“We have doubled our manufacturing capacity, have a good reputation for quality, safe products and customer service and have already secured more business, so the future looks very promising.
“We have a stable, core workforce, with around a quarter of the staff having worked for the company for between 5 and 30 years, which shows the strength of the business.”
David says the company’s unique selling points are its huge variety of products - Beacon Foods has around 6,000 different recipes - and sharp focus on personal service, which appeals to customers in different markets.
“There is a high level of complexity in the different products that we produce and we have many years of experience, which makes us stand out from competitors,” he added.
Established in 1993, Beacon Foods is the UK’s leading specialist producer of garlic, ginger and chili puree, roasted and char grilled vegetables and fruit ranges, relishes, chutneys, sauces and fruit compotes.
The ingredients go into literally thousands of products, including sandwiches, ready meals, pizzas, soups, drinks and desserts, which can be found on supermarket shelves, airlines, restaurant chains and coffee shops.
David Branter, Beacon Foods operations manager.