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Hi, we’re crazy about food!

We were founded in 1968 by Bill and Betty Arnold in Sleaford as a family run business supplying quality ingredients to the food industry. Today we are a multi-million pound company who are still run by the Arnold family, offering technical transparency and a family ethos from order to delivery. We are the supplier of choice to many food manufacturers and foodservice providers throughout the UK and beyond – so much so that you probably have our products in your kitchen cupboards without even realising!

We’re based in Lincolnshire where we are proud to be an award-winning and successful company. Sleaford is very much a British company with global aspirations, with our locally based team driving the company to new horizons and new heights of quality. We’re always willing to engage with our local community through charity events organised by our dedicated charity committee. We’re a friendly bunch who work hard and play hard – our various escapades are documented on our news page so feel free to have a look!

Our parent company is Jain Group (India), who are one of the largest producers of mango and dehydrated onion in the world, as well as being the largest Micro Irrigation Company in India and second largest in the world. We work with Jain closely on supplying the very best in spice, onion and garlic for the food industry – based on a system of more than 6,000 contract farmers, we are able to offer full transparency from field to fork to help build consumer confidence in their everyday food consumption. We’re totally unique within the industry in our ability to trace these products back to the seeds, as well as offering a spice range from the largest integrated spice processing factory in the world – we don’t do things by halves! Can your supplier do that?

The perfect ingredients for the future

The future’s looking bright at Sleaford. We’re looking to export beyond the UK market with our mandate of quality and transparency. We’re working to make our products and practices more sustainable – from recyclable packaging to developing a company-wide Green Pledge, we’re gearing up to go green! Our Innovation department are working to bring tailored innovation opportunities to our strategic customers, and we are looking ahead to keep you on trend with your customers. After all, why would we rest on our laurels?

 

We are constantly trying to exceed our current status and reputation with our customers, new and old – we love a challenge, especially at something we’ve always been good at! Whether you need to discuss your next new innovation, add value to your current range, find a more sustainable alternative, gain confidence in your ingredients’ transparency, or just want to see how we do things – Sleaford is the only place you need.

Accreditations

At Sleaford, we have worked hard to build our technical expertise and reputation for quality, and are recognised in our constant striving for quality in our range of accreditations for our factory, products and employees. Our accreditations help us supply you not just ingredients - we can supply complete peace of mind for you and your customers. Here are our current accreditations - please give us a call if you'd like to discuss them further.

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We're really proud of our Awards

We’re proud of what we do at Sleaford, and we are frequently recognised for our products, service levels, and ambitious strategy within the industry – you’re not as good as us without winning a few awards! Here are just a few of our recent awards – we need to look for a bigger awards cupboard!

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Our Services

Supply & Delivery

Product Supply & Delivery

Our Procurement team work hard to negotiate the best rates from our various approved suppliers from all corners of the world. Be it Turkish apricots, Indian onion or Chilean apples - we know how to source the very best for you! We can offer bulk quantities for food manufacturing or pack down sizes for the foodservice sector. For further information, have a look at our Ingredient Solutions and Foodservice product pages - you won’t be disappointed! Once you’ve picked out your requirements from our range of quality ingredients and blending solutions, a member of our friendly Customer Service team will be more than happy to place your order and answer any questions you have about your order. We use our own fleet of vehicles as well as approved couriers to deliver your product at an agreed time - from order to delivery, we are proud of bringing you a complete quality service!

Blending

Blending

With our on site state of the art blending facilities, we can offer a range of blending techniques to satisfy any product specification. Our current blending facilities include ribbon blenders, Euro-bin tumbler and a Matcon system. Over the years we’ve blended bakery mixes, soup mixes, spice and herb blends, stuffing mixes, fruit blends, and much more. With decades worth of experience in expert blending, we can offer advice, support and complete service from blending to packing - give us a call to talk to us about your blending needs!

Packing

Packing

Our state of the art packing facilities are where we pack thousands of products day in day out for our wide range of customers - no day is the same at Sleaford! Our facility includes Sandiacre machines and semi-automatic packers (both volumetric and gravimetric filling is available), so whatever your blending or co-packing needs we can be your one stop shop for your next blend or mix. Give us a call to discuss with a member of our Customer Services team.

Private Label

Private Label

Have a private label range that you want producing all in one place? We are the people to talk to - we can supply ingredients, blending facilities, and packaging solutions that match or exceed your specification requirements, and can even use your own branded packaging and labelling. So if you are looking to set up your own private label from scratch, or if you are looking for a 100% reliable partner, look no further! We have a wealth of experience delivering own label products to a variety of well known food manufacturers and food service companies - when you’ve been doing this work for as long and as well as we have, it’s second nature to us. Speak to a member of our friendly Customer Service team today to discuss your requirements.

Product Development

Product Development

Our abundant ingredient range, onsite kitchen and lab, and wealth of food innovation knowledge is the perfect recipe in the ever-evolving food industry - we continuously work with our customers to develop new products based on market trends and individual strategies, so it’s an exciting time for us and our customers! We would love to meet customers at our specialist site kitchen to help you understand our Innovation capacity and our state of the art blending facilities - and our Innovation team is available to develop your future plans alongside you onsite. Click here for further information on our Innovation department.

Meet The Team

Meet the faces behind the names – feel free to talk to us with any questions you have!

 

Sara O'Neil

+44 (0) 1529 305000 ext 138

Sara.ONeil@sleafordqf.com

Hayley Williams

+44 (0) 1529 305000 ext 153

Hayley.Williams@sleafordqf.com

Tom Warrington

+44 (0) 1529 305000 ext 152

Tom.Warrington@sleafordqf.com

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Jain Group of India

JISL, the umbrella company for Jain Farm Fresh Foods, started in 1963 and is a global leader in precision agricultural irrigation – boasting the number one spot in India and the USA for micro-irrigation.

Their work has helped change the lives of 8.2 million farmers and their families, as Jain’s irrigation technology has allowed for precise, economical and controlled use of water on their crops and fields. The food division is just as global – they are the number one producer of mango and tissue culture producer of bananas and pomegranate in the world; and they are the second largest global producer of dehydrated vegetables and onions.

Today, Jain has a presence in over 120 countries worldwide, with 33 manufacturing plants, 11,500 employees, and an annual revenue of over $1.2bn – and we are proud to be part of the Jain family.

Global Family

Sourcing the best quality products from all over the world, it’s easy to see why Sleaford is the only place to go for all your ingredient needs.

With technical peace of mind, excellent procurement experience guaranteeing the best price for the best product, and unrivalled supplier relationships, the world really is your oyster at Sleaford.

We’re leading the way!

It is what we have done for the past 50 years and what we will be doing long into the future.

Consumers tastes and preferences are rapidly changing and Sleaford are leading the way with innovative product development, reducing sugar and salt across our range, and supporting our customers from order to delivery and beyond, adding value every step of the way.

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