Pecan Deluxe Does the Double in National and Regional Awards

Leading food tailor and ingredients specialist Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) Ltd is celebrating a brace of prestigious awards recognising its export success, manufacturing excellence and outstanding customer commitment.

The candy company received two nominations for the 2018 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, in the Ingredients Manufacturing Company of the Year and Award for Export categories, and went on to clinch the Export Award ahead of international household name food companies. Rewarding outstanding achievements in the UK’s fast-growing food and drinks industry, these awards recognise all areas of manufacturing, including environmental initiatives, business acumen, change management, supply chain innovation, young talent and teamwork.

The inclusions pioneer was also elated to collect the Customer Commitment prize in the British Chambers of Commerce Regional Business Awards, qualifying the firm for the national finals. This award was designed to recognise businesses who have demonstrated they can carry out robust customer service strategies, prove how customer care is tied into staff development and how this has driven business growth.

These two awards come hot on the heels of a further two accolades earlier this year, Export Team of the Year and Scale Up Exporter of the Year titles in the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards, which brought together businesses from across the North to recognise and celebrate their entrepreneurial exporting achievements.

Pecan Deluxe attributes its successes to a number of factors, including having grown its export business this year to over 60 per cent of revenue, in particular meeting demand from household name retailers and manufacturers for innovative new products and popular off-the-shelf and bespoke lines. Showcasing its R&D capabilities and successful partnerships with household name food and beverage brands at international exhibitions and through an increased social media presence has also helped to underpin the company’s growing profile on the global stage.

The company is constantly growing its customer base into new territories and is already seeing massive growth in Europe and the lucrative Middle East. It expects to double its sales in five years by accessing new and existing international markets and is in a great position to do just that, following a massive £3million investment in the extension and renewal of its EMEA manufacturing facility.

Managing Director EMEA and APAC, Graham Kingston, explained: “The awards may carry Pecan Deluxe’s name but nobody is more aware than me that we have our incredibly hard-working team to thank for these successes. I’m delighted that our investment in growth, in talent and in R&D is paying off so visibly across our key markets. It’s especially gratifying that these latest awards not only recognise our export growth – which has been phenomenal – but also the massive effort that goes into keeping our customers happy at every stage of the supply chain, and how that filters down through all levels of the business to every single colleague, who can now all give themselves a well-deserved pat on the back.”

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