Perth, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 27, 2009 -- Founded as a fish farm, smokehouse and wholesale fish distribution business in the 1970s, Ochil Foods has been supplying Scottish chefs and restaurants for over 30 years. With a large and varied list of gourmet foods, including venison, poultry, Scottish cheeses, charcuterie items and ice cream, the company works with establishments throughout Scotland to deliver the best produce available.
Catering in Scotland introduces the Perthshire-based Ochil Foods...
As a small company supplying high quality speciality foods throughout Scotland, Ochil Foods is in a pretty special position at the moment. Aside from expanding its product range and distribution routes to cover central Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Inverness-shire and the Outer Hebrides, in the past few months alone they have witnessed growth that many other companies have found nigh on impossible in the current recession.
Having relocated to Aberuthven in 2005, the company's product list and customer base has grown dramatically in the last four years: According to Jeremy Dixon, who now runs the business with his parents, Neil and Annie, diversification and customer loyalty are the principal reasons for the company's new-found success: 'The business has been a trusted and invaluable resource for chefs, caterers and restaurateurs for the past three decades,' he says. 'We now offer a diverse range of over 600 products from local and international producers, and over the years we've forged relationships with national and international producers'.
However, Jeremy believes that part of the growth is attributable to the fact that Ochil Foods now delivers to places that, in the past, simply weren't viable to reach. 'As well as this, word of mouth and a strong sense of customer loyalty has meant that our customers have grown with us over the years, and because of that, demand for our products has risen sharply too; our turnover is up 20% in the first six months of 2009, and we're on course for a very busy festive period.'
With current clients like Gleneagles, Monachyle Mhor, Andrew Fairlie, and Edinburgh's Witchery and Tower restaurants, it's no wonder that Jeremy and the team at Ochil Foods are stepping up a gear for next year.