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Stuart’s Foods

Stuart’s Foods was established in 1986 predominately producing prepare vegetables for local caterers. In the early 1990’s the business developed naturally into supplying fresh fruit and vegetables and over the years the business has grown by adding dairy, eggs, bread, cooked meats, sandwich fillings and most recently dry goods. In the early 2000’s we started supplying schools and hospitals across North Yorkshire and at this point we also gained our accreditation which we have held since. Also in 2002 Samantha and Damian Howarth were appointed directors by their parents; after they had worked through the business over many years, learning the business from the bottom up.

In 2013 Damian became Managing Director; Samantha and Damian want to continue to grow the business they have known their whole lives. In 2017 the opportunity came to acquire S Clift Foods in Grimsby with the help and commitment from staff at both sites our business delivery area increased by over 100% through the acquisition. S Clift Foods is predominately fresh fruit and vegetables, but we have introduced dry goods and are looking at introducing further lines like bread and milk. We plan further acquisitions in the future to allow the business to grow.

Name: Damian Howarth
Position: Managing Director

Q1. Starter or dessert?

A1. Dessert; but I have a big bugbear when restaurants and cafes present frozen desserts when good homemade desserts can be made quickly and taste ALOT better!

Q2.

A2. Do you cook? – Yes, the cooking at home is shared between myself and my wife. We have a young daughter (2 and a half years olds) who we have always encouraged to eat fruit and vegetables; often she would prefer these over her meat.

Q3. Can’t fail comfort food?

A3. Burgers

Q4. What’s the most interesting/unusual ingredient you’ve been asked to supply? A4. As we deal with ship chandlers we regularly get asked for exotic fruit and vegetables, some of the most unusual items are Buddha Fingers (fruit), Taro Root (Eddoes) and Lotus Root. Our buyers love a challenge and are not often beaten.

Q5. What do you think is the most under appreciated vegetable or other ingredient?

A5. I think the most under appreciated ingredients might be herbs and spices as these can be added in small amounts and make a world of difference to a meal.

Q6. What’s the hardest thing to get from producer to customer and why?

A6. The hardest produce to supply are those which are delicate and temperature sensitive like basil. If basil gets too hot it will wilt very quickly and on the other side if it get to cold it will turn black.

Q7. What item that you sell are you most proud of?

A7. We are proud of all the products we sell and very proud of our increasing range. We enjoy selling local products as we like the idea of supporting other local business, farmers and growers.

Q8. What do you think is the most interesting food trend at the moment?

A8. One of the most interesting things I think at the moment which could have a big effect on food and up and coming trends is the Public Health Organisation stance on obesity which High Fat, Sugar and Salt products will only be allowed to advertise after 9pm, also Government restrictions on sponsorship of the same products. This combined with the effects of Brexit could have a big effect on the shape of the food industry.

Q9. All-time most memorable meal?

A9. One of my most memorable meals is a meal we had on our honeymoon which was a trip of a lifetime along the California coast on the pacific highway On the 2nd day after stopping off at Pismo Beach where we saw chocolate coated insects we stopped at a small Burger shack called Lahaina’s in San Luis Obispo, I had a California Burger which was a burger with Avocado, Bacon and Jack Cheese cooked fresh to order! We always talk about how amazing those burgers were.

Q10. What would you choose as your last meal?

A10. My last meal if you have not already figured it out would have to be a Burger! I think my ideal one would be with blue cheese, mushroom and onion rings in a brioche bread bun, followed by homemade apple crumble and custard!

Damian is a Scarborough lad through and through, having been born in Scarborough Hospital in 1980, he attended a local primary school and secondary school.

Damian has been involved in Stuart’s Foods since it started; although only a young boy when his dad set up the business he was always in the warehouse on a weekend helping sweeping the floors or on the van with his dad. From the age of 13 he was employed in the prep room peeling and prepping vegetables, when he left school and completed his A levels he began working full time in the business.  He would go to the markets with his dad on a morning and then return to pick and deliver orders.

He slowly progressed into the office as the business grew taking on the day to day running of the business. When he was growing up he always hoped that one day he would take over the family business, this became a reality in 2013 when Damian was appointed Managing Director. As much as Damian loves the products and produce his true passion is business.

In Damians private life he married Michelle in 2011 and they welcomed a baby girl in 2015.

Biography

Stuart’s Foods was established in 1986 predominately producing prepare vegetables for local caterers. In the early 1990’s the business developed naturally into supplying fresh fruit and vegetables and over the years the business has grown by adding dairy, eggs, bread, cooked meats, sandwich fillings and most recently dry goods. In the early 2000’s we started supplying schools and hospitals across North Yorkshire and at this point we also gained our accreditation which we have held since. Also in 2002 Samantha and Damian Howarth were appointed directors by their parents; after they had worked through the business over many years, learning the business from the bottom up.

In 2013 Damian became Managing Director; Samantha and Damian want to continue to grow the business they have known their whole lives. In 2017 the opportunity came to acquire S Clift Foods in Grimsby with the help and commitment from staff at both sites our business delivery area increased by over 100% through the acquisition. S Clift Foods is predominately fresh fruit and vegetables, but we have introduced dry goods and are looking at introducing further lines like bread and milk. We plan further acquisitions in the future to allow the business to grow.

Questions & Answers

Name: Damian Howarth
Position: Managing Director

Q1. Starter or dessert?

A1. Dessert; but I have a big bugbear when restaurants and cafes present frozen desserts when good homemade desserts can be made quickly and taste ALOT better!

Q2.

A2. Do you cook? – Yes, the cooking at home is shared between myself and my wife. We have a young daughter (2 and a half years olds) who we have always encouraged to eat fruit and vegetables; often she would prefer these over her meat.

Q3. Can’t fail comfort food?

A3. Burgers

Q4. What’s the most interesting/unusual ingredient you’ve been asked to supply? A4. As we deal with ship chandlers we regularly get asked for exotic fruit and vegetables, some of the most unusual items are Buddha Fingers (fruit), Taro Root (Eddoes) and Lotus Root. Our buyers love a challenge and are not often beaten.

Q5. What do you think is the most under appreciated vegetable or other ingredient?

A5. I think the most under appreciated ingredients might be herbs and spices as these can be added in small amounts and make a world of difference to a meal.

Q6. What’s the hardest thing to get from producer to customer and why?

A6. The hardest produce to supply are those which are delicate and temperature sensitive like basil. If basil gets too hot it will wilt very quickly and on the other side if it get to cold it will turn black.

Q7. What item that you sell are you most proud of?

A7. We are proud of all the products we sell and very proud of our increasing range. We enjoy selling local products as we like the idea of supporting other local business, farmers and growers.

Q8. What do you think is the most interesting food trend at the moment?

A8. One of the most interesting things I think at the moment which could have a big effect on food and up and coming trends is the Public Health Organisation stance on obesity which High Fat, Sugar and Salt products will only be allowed to advertise after 9pm, also Government restrictions on sponsorship of the same products. This combined with the effects of Brexit could have a big effect on the shape of the food industry.

Q9. All-time most memorable meal?

A9. One of my most memorable meals is a meal we had on our honeymoon which was a trip of a lifetime along the California coast on the pacific highway On the 2nd day after stopping off at Pismo Beach where we saw chocolate coated insects we stopped at a small Burger shack called Lahaina’s in San Luis Obispo, I had a California Burger which was a burger with Avocado, Bacon and Jack Cheese cooked fresh to order! We always talk about how amazing those burgers were.

Q10. What would you choose as your last meal?

A10. My last meal if you have not already figured it out would have to be a Burger! I think my ideal one would be with blue cheese, mushroom and onion rings in a brioche bread bun, followed by homemade apple crumble and custard!

Biographies

Damian is a Scarborough lad through and through, having been born in Scarborough Hospital in 1980, he attended a local primary school and secondary school.

Damian has been involved in Stuart’s Foods since it started; although only a young boy when his dad set up the business he was always in the warehouse on a weekend helping sweeping the floors or on the van with his dad. From the age of 13 he was employed in the prep room peeling and prepping vegetables, when he left school and completed his A levels he began working full time in the business.  He would go to the markets with his dad on a morning and then return to pick and deliver orders.

He slowly progressed into the office as the business grew taking on the day to day running of the business. When he was growing up he always hoped that one day he would take over the family business, this became a reality in 2013 when Damian was appointed Managing Director. As much as Damian loves the products and produce his true passion is business.

In Damians private life he married Michelle in 2011 and they welcomed a baby girl in 2015.

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