Breaking News on the Food and Drink Manufacturing Sector

Headlines > People

Small firms can make a big splash with exports – Stilton maker

By Gary Scattergood , 07-Dec-2012

Christmas is a boom time for Stilton maker Billy Kevan, dairy manager at Colston Basset Dairy in Nottinghamshire.

Stilton is particularly popular during Christmas and Easter

Stilton is particularly popular during Christmas and Easter

Loading...

But while the seasonal spike in a welcome boost to business, he is proof that small, specialist firms can also reap big rewards in the export market.

In this exclusive podcast for FoodManufacture.co.uk, he explains how he increased export levels to 15% of the dairy's 400t annual production.

Forward thinking
He discusses how his firm has worked with a third party to tap into overseas demand and reveals how a bit of forward-thinking can open up new export markets – even in times of recession.

Also hear how a small business manages to cope with seasonal increases in demand as shoppers seek to stock up on Stilton in time for Christmas.

Don't miss our Me and My Factory Feature with Kevan in January's edition of our sister magazine Food Manufacture.

Progress on sustainable palm oil unfairly criticised

Progress on sustainable palm oil unfairly criticised

UK food manufacturers are still being unfairly criticised for using palm oil, despite the...

Bakeries struggling with calls to cut salt, sugar and fat

Bakeries struggling with calls to cut salt, sugar and fat

Manufacturers of baked goods are reaching a point where calls to cut salts, fats...

Supermarkets were ‘totally and utterly’ complacent

Supermarkets were ‘totally and utterly’ complacent

Britain’s big four supermarkets have been “totally and utterly complacent”, in failing to keep...

Overseas and national food firms invest in UK jobs

Overseas and national food firms invest in UK jobs

UK-based food and drink firms are investing in jobs as much as internationally-owned outfits,...

Meadow Foods’ efficiencies improved with £3M investment

Meadow Foods’ efficiencies improved with £3M investment

More than £3M has been pumped into Meadow Foods’s fresh division in Peterborough to...

Obesity can be tackled by educating consumers, says nutritionist

Obesity can be tackled by educating consumers, says nutritionist

Poor nutrition among UK consumers could be improved if they had a basic understanding...

Food manufacturers face skills drain unless wages rise

Food manufacturers face skills drain unless wages rise

Food firms face a skills drain, unless they raise wages in line with economic...

Frozen food must innovate to flourish

Frozen food must innovate to flourish

British frozen food manufacturers must reveal the benefits of frozen food to the consumer...

Dairy companies can’t bridge skills gap alone, says Arla consultant

Dairy companies can’t bridge skills gap alone, says Arla consultant

A critical skills shortage in the UK dairy industry is starting to be countered...

NFU: competition to hit milk prices more than floods

NFU: competition to hit milk prices more than floods

Competition and low production will raise milk prices more than flooding, the National Farmers’...

Food science under spotlight at IFST jubilee conference

Food science under spotlight at IFST jubilee conference

Mapping the future of food science is the aim of the Institute of Food...

Manufacture foods to showcase quality: NFU

Manufacture foods to showcase quality: NFU

Farmers stepping into food manufacturing to supplement their incomes should use the opportunity to...

Manufacturers miss big breaks with small innovations

Manufacturers miss big breaks with small innovations

Food and drinks manufacturers could be missing out on ground-breaking new product development opportunities...

Invest in small food firms or risk losing income

Invest in small food firms or risk losing income

Big food and drink manufacturers should invest in small firms to protect their income...

Food firms could treble productivity with lean tools

Food firms could treble productivity with lean tools

Food manufacturers could treble their productivity with no new resources by applying lean manufacturing...

Foodex 2014 – video highlights

Foodex 2014 – video highlights

The consequences of the horsemeat crisis, filling the yawning skills gap, lean and green...

Teatime tweets drive food manufacturers’ sales

Teatime tweets drive food manufacturers’ sales

Timing social media posts to reach customers at key times of the day –...

Experts call for more integration to tackle food fraud

Experts call for more integration to tackle food fraud

Food fraud must be tackled through a more integrated approach from government and industry...

Foodex skills debate highlights the challenge

Foodex skills debate highlights the challenge

A more co-ordinated approach to attracting youngsters into food and drink manufacturing, and greater...

Fear factor, not cash, limits food factory automation

Fear factor, not cash, limits food factory automation

Food industry automation projects stall not because of lack of finance, but because of...

Follow us on