East Riding firm takes on France

East Riding firm takes on France

Cartwright & Butler, an East Riding-based speciality food and beverage provider, has strengthened its presence in the European market with an order from French department store Galeries Lafayette.

Based in Gilberdyke, the business will supply its speciality sweet and savoury biscuits, preserves and chutneys to Galeries Lafayette department stores in Paris, Marseille and Nice.

The contract builds on Cartwright & Butler’s existing export trade with Europe via similar contracts with upmarket department stores including El Corte Ingles in Madrid, Spain and KaDaWe in Berlin, Germany.

The firm also sells its products in Denmark, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Norway.

The food provider has also made a name for itself further afield, with contracts to supply its product in North America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Tony Arnett, managing director for Cartwright & Butler, thanks a trade mission organised by UK Trade & Investment four years ago, for introducing the business to buyers from the Spanish department store El Corte Ingles.

He said: “After meeting the representatives of El Corte Ingles on the inward trade mission organised by UKTI, we began selling overseas. In just four years with subsequent orders such as that for Galeries Lafayette, our export business has grown at a phenomenal pace.”

Mark Robson, Department for International Trade (DIT) regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “The value of Yorkshire and the Humber businesses meeting potential customers on trade missions both at home and overseas can never be underestimated and often translates into valuable orders such as that for Cartwright & Butler in Span and France.

“We’re genuinely pleased to have played a part in helping Tony and his colleagues to launch what has become an outstandingly successful export business.”

In the UK, Cartwright & Butler products are available in department stores Fenwick, Harrods and Selfridges, Waitrose, independent speciality food retailers and hotels, restaurants and duty free outlets.



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