The awards citation praised the company for virtually doubling its overseas earnings over the past three years to £14m and exporting more than 70 per cent of its production.
According to the awards citation: “The company’s outstanding achievement results from providing the highest possible quality products, giving its customers full technical and legislative support and operating an energetic marketing programme in a wide spread of markets overseas.”
David Roberton, the company’s president, told NutraIngredients that he was delighted to win the award for export achievement. “We moved to a new factory in 2003 which allowed us to grow our export markets,” he said.
The company exports a range of vitamins, including A, B and C and minerals, such as calcium, zinc, iron and magnesium to a wide range of countries including Australia and South Africa.
It specialises in the production bulk, added-value nutrients for use in the dietary supplement; functional food and beverage; and nutri-cosmetic industries. Its product range includes natural carotenoids, such as lycopene, lutein and beta-carotene; vitamins and minerals; amino acids; and other functional ingredients.
To be eligible for entry, companies must be based in the UK, demonstrate commercial success, operate as a business unit of the UK economy and employee at least two full-time employees or part-time equivalents.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are awarded to companies for achievement in one of three categories: International trade, innovation and sustainable development.
Another export award winner was food and beverage communications consultancy Barrett Dixon Bell (BDB). The Manchester-based consultancy won the award for expanding its business with clients in 25 countries in Europe and the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.