The Mortimers became so successful in supplying works canteens such as Ward & Goldstone, British Aerospace and Ferranti, that they set up ‘Morties Meats’ in Pendleton to cope with demand.
Glendale Foods was founded to specialise in processing meat, cooked components and flour-based products for sale into retailers, wholesalers, food manufacturers, airlines and restaurant groups in the UK and abroad.
Glendale introduced a first on the market – a two-pack frozen Doner Kebab product – heralding a full range of microwaveable fast food snacks.
Having established themselves in most major supermarkets, Glendale then won the Hot 1’s snack food contract in Shell garages.
Glendale Foods merged with Supreme Foods (formed by Paul Burkitt and Mark Jones in 2004) in a reverse takeover, including acquisition of The Great British Pudding Company. Paul, a trained chef, progressed into food manufacturing, becoming a Director of Plumtree Farms (sold to Canterbury Foods in 1998), progressing to Freshbake Foods, which entered into a management buy-out in 2002. Having started at James T Blakeman, manufacturers of sausages and meat-based products, Mark Jones fast tracked his career to operations manager leading to joint founder of Supreme Foods.
Glendale partnered with ‘Meat the Alternative’ in a joint venture to offer a high-protein, meat-free product range to attract the growing market of vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians, looking for nutritious alternatives to meat products.