With his new business, Brasil Brazi, Volnei is drawing on his 20 years in the food industry to create and manufacture a range of authentic Brazilian foods. The collection includes sauces, salts, rubs and frozen Brazilian street food that are aimed at giving wholesalers, restaurants, distributors and home cooks a truly homemade and fresh taste of Brazil.
Having successfully launched the first churrascaria – barbeque smokehouse - outside London eight years ago, Volnei now intends to use his loan to bring Brazilian churrascaria to the home cook.
After working with the loans team at Business Finance Solutions, Volnei invested his loan into the manufacturing and production process, including the purchase of a specialist Brazilian production machine to create the street food.
He has also worked with the team at the University of Chester’s NoW Food project to create his unique recipes and products, and will continue to work with them to develop the range to include traditional Brazilian fresh meal pouches and a dessert and sweets collection.
John Cannon from BFS said: “Brazil and all things Brazilian have definitely captured the hearts of the nation, from this year’s Olympic Games to the rise in popularity and number of Brazilian restaurants.
“We’ve worked closely with Volnei to establish what his goals and ambitions for the business are and to provide the finance and support to help him achieve them and to plan for even bigger and better things in the future.”
Volnei has over 20 years of experience managing some of the region’s best known bars and restaurants, and says: “Food and hospitality has been my career and my life for years and I’ve long harboured a dream of bringing a traditional taste of Brazil to the UK. Securing the loan from BFS has meant that I have been able to invest the proper time and care into developing our products and making that dream a reality.
“The timing is also perfect – not only is Brazil very much on people’s radar but the condiments industry has experienced a rapid growth in the past ten years as restaurants and home cooks alike are increasingly keen to experiment and achieve authentic flavours.”
BFS will allocate £15m to new start-ups across the North West over a two year period, creating 3,000 new businesses and over 5,000 new jobs in the region. BFS is a key alternative source of funding for small businesses in Greater Manchester. To date BFS manages over £80m of publically backed small business investments across the UK.