A South West food tech manufacturer is increasing its capacity to source raw materials after securing a supporting trade finance facility from Lloyds Bank, driven by a 50% increase in sales over the past two years.
Bristol-based TasteTech is an encapsulation specialist that provides innovative flavourings and functional ingredients to global food and beverage manufacturers. Their markets include bakery, confectionery, chewing gum and nutrition.
In 2022, the business shipped more than 1.2 million kg of product to food manufacturers around the globe. TasteTech approached Lloyds Bank, securing £300,000 of funding that was used to purchase additional raw materials.
Recently, TasteTech leased an additional storage facility of over 5,000 sq ft in Bristol to enable further growth. They have also added an extra production line, which will increase capacity by over 1 million kg per year.
Founded in 1992, TasteTech has been trading and manufacturing for over 30 years and currently employs 70 people. Within the next five years, turnover is set to increase by a further 50% to exceed £15 million.
Janis Sinton, Founder of TasteTech, said: “Supply chain issues continue to plague UK manufacturers, making it extremely difficult to secure raw materials on time and within budget. We’re also seeing more food producers looking for UK manufacturers, reducing the risk of shipping delays from overseas suppliers.
“Thanks to the support from Lloyds Bank, we’ve been able to access funding that will help us guarantee supply for customers with more reliable timescales. Having the resources in place and in the UK means we can ensure supply to our customers in a more cost-effective and timely manner.”
Janis Sinton was recently named as one of The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders for 2022. The programme celebrates inspiring leaders behind some of the UK’s most successful and fast-growing medium-sized firms.
Will Kite, relationship director at Lloyds Bank, said: “It’s been brilliant to support TasteTech as it moves to protect its customers’ supply chains and secure its long-term future. By seeking funding solutions now, the business can continue providing the products that are in high demand and explore new growth opportunities.
“Lloyds Bank is proud to support an industry leader like TasteTech who is championing sector innovation while continuing to support its customers through challenging headwinds.”
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