Restructure to continue growth for EHL ingredients

Restructure to continue growth for EHL ingredients

In its twentieth year of business, Stockport‘s EHL Ingredients is restructuring its management board, with the new leaders aiming for a £7m turnover.

Founder Emma Haq is taking on the role of Chairman and Tasneem Backhouse and Naseem Ul-Haq become joint managing directors.

Last year, the company achieved year-end sales of £5.8m, marking a successful 12 months for the food ingredients supplier with further growth, expansion and product development planned. 

EHL has witnessed a notable increase in demand for its ingredient blends. It also launched eight new organic herb and spice mixes and marinades, as well as two new gluten-free ingredients – ground cumin and coriander – with more in the pipeline.

The product development team is working on more new ingredient blends, including bespoke, as well as organic and free-from products to tap into these burgeoning markets. It will also target the catering and foodservice sector with new formats launching soon.

Managing director, Tasneem Backhouse, says: “The revised management structure will give the business new direction as we aim for our highest sales targets to date and celebrate our twentieth year in operation. Over the last two decades, we have become strong in certain areas of the food industry and have a loyal base of customers. Now, we want to really bolster our position within organic, free-from foods and the catering sector.

“Our new organic ingredient blends have had very positive feedback so far and we will be continuing to push this side of the business, especially over the summer BBQ season and in the run up to Christmas.

“We are confident about our progress as a business and are proud of our achievements in this highly competitive market place.”

EHL currently employs 30 staff and is based on the Broadstone Industrial Estate in Reddish.

The company supplies around 300 food ingredients and boasts a 200-strong organic range as well as over 70 custom blends. EHL Ingredients’ products are sold into the food manufacturing, wholesale, retail and catering sectors and used in end products, such as breads and bakery items, ready meals, healthy snacks and soups and sauces. They are also sold to speciality food shops, delis and organic retailers across the UK.