Our Heritage


Innovation & Quality going back to 1957

The story of Glendale Foods Limited, based at Glendale House, Cobden Street, Salford, goes back to Frank Mortimer who in 1957 bought a butcher’s shop on Lower Broughton Road, in Salford, for £1,700.

 

Frank’s wife, Doris, also worked in the shop, whilst mother-in-law Molly looked after their children Gill, then aged six, and John, aged one.

 

By 1969, Frank and Doris were supplying industrial canteens such as Ward & Goldstone, British Aerospace and Ferranti. Soon there was not enough space, so they rented a unit in Pendleton in the old Mandleberg building. This part became ‘Morties Meats’.

Founder, Frank Mortimer and his wife, Doris

The first delivery van.

In 1972, daughter Gill joined the firm. Son John joined in 1974 after completing a Meat Technology course at Salford Technical College. The firm now began to produce reformed meat products such as beefburgers, grillsteaks and lamb grills, as well as cooking meats for others.

 

In 1991, Glendale introduced a two-pack frozen Doner Kebab product which was the first on the market. This led to a full range of microwaveable fast food snacks. By the late 1990s Glendale products were in most major supermarkets. The firm also won the hot food contract in Shell garages, which led to a range called ‘Hot 1’s’.

In 1998 the firm acquired the ‘Yankee’ brand from Freshbake – now Glendale’s main snack brand. Two years later Glendale acquired all assets of a sausage company, and with the machinery that came with the deal entered the sausage market and increased cooking capacity by 400%.

 

In 2007 the firm merged with Supreme Foods Ltd and acquired The Great British Pudding Company.

 

Today, Glendale supplies many major meal manufacturers. Some 200 staff prepare over 150 tons of products every week, with an annual turnover of around £22 million.

The area of the original shop was redeveloped and moved to Mocha Parade but such was the reputation that when Frank sold the shop the new owner (pictured) kept the name.

Glendale Foods Directors 2012. L-R: Mark Jones, Paul Burkitt, Gill Mortimer, Steve Revill and John Mortimer.

Doris Mortimer worked in the butcher’s shop until 1983. Frank continued to work for Glendale Foods in a consultant capacity until he was over 80.

 

The Glendale senior management team is now John Mortimer (Chairman), Paul Burkitt (Managing Director), Mark Jones (Operations Director), Gill Mortimer (HR Director) and Steve Revill (Company Secretary).

 

There is still a butcher’s shop on Lower Broughton Road that has the name Frank Mortimer over the door – a reminder that from tiny acorns mighty oaks can grow.

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