Two-year-old company continues international growth

Alex Shannon, left, and Richard Hall are celebrating a strong financial year.
Alex Shannon, left, and Richard Hall are celebrating a strong financial year.

A Lune Valley supplier of specialist cooking equipment whose customers include TV chef Gordon Ramsay is set to record a turnover of more than £1.2m., based at Claughton, near Lancaster, is on course for a successful end to the financial year as it continues to gain international sales.

The company, which is only two-years-old, supplies equipment for sous vide cooking - where food is sealed in airtight plastic bags in water baths - and vacuum packing to home foodies, professional chefs and restaurants across the UK and Europe.

Owner Alex Shannon, a former sales director at a refrigeration company, said: “My line of work meant 
that I was introduced to an Italian company called Foodtek.

“They were looking for a UK distributor of their sous vide products and approached me with some samples.

“I was so impressed by the products that I decided to take the plunge and I resigned from my job to set up

“It turned out to be the right decision.

“Since then, we have formed exclusive distribution agreements with the two largest suppliers of this equipment globally, Polyscience and SousVide Supreme, and are supplying to Michelin starred restaurants.

“We’re part of the BBC Good Food Show 2013, and we’ve just agreed a deal with an international distributor to release our cookbook in the USA.”

As well as the Gordon Ramsay Estate,’s clients include Michelin starred restaurants L’Enclume, at Cartmel in South Cumbria, Northcote Manor in Blackburn, the Lake District’s Gilpin Lodge and Manchester House.

Richard Hall, corporate services director at the firm’s accountants, Moore and Smalley, said: “In the two and a half years since the company began, it has grown from a modest local firm into a thriving worldwide distributor which supplies products to some of the food industry’s most respected outlets.”