Fresh meat wholesaler and importer Blakemore Fresh Foods, part of the AF Blakemore & Son empire, has achieved sales of £42.8m for the 2015/16 financial year, topping last year’s record of £38.9m.
In addition to the company’s £3.5m bespoke cutting, storage facility and head offices, located at Hilton Cross, in South Staffordshire, Blakemore Fresh Foods has now expanded to four regional trading offices in London, Cardiff, Nottingham and Bristol.
Trading director Richard Brownjohn said that the company’s most recent expansion across the West Country has already proven a huge success and contributed to the overall sales boost.
“There are many reasons for our success but there have been solid contributions from all five of our trading offices and we have certainly reaped the benefits from a first full year’s worth of trading out of the Bristol office.
“The team has done an excellent job since launching this new part of our operation in January 2015 and we are positive that they will continue to increase our sales across the West Country, from Gloucestershire through to Cornwall in the months ahead.
“The South Wales office has also improved its performance from 2014/15 and it is great to see how the team there continues to exceed expectations.”
He pointed to the continuing growth of lamb and mutton sales across the business, with further sales attributed to the slicing, dicing and other value added products provided through the Hilton Cross facility, which is BRC Version 7 Grade A accredited.
Operations director Bob Cash said that the company has invested in four new EURO 6 vehicles in anticipation of another successful year for 2016/17, which will increase the company’s distribution payload by 16 tonnes.
He added: “We are now seeking to expand our operation further so that we can distribute to a wider geographical area, with an increasing focus upon the area to the east of the M40.
“In addition to the introduction of new vehicles we are also seeking to invest in a new integrated IT system across our operation to improve efficiencies and the way that we trade and partner our customers and supplier base.
“While there are currently a number of uncertainties across the marketplace we are building solid foundations and are well placed to achieve another successful year in 2016/17.”