Natures Way Foods
Natures Way Foods was founded in 1994 and started with just three employees. Under the leadership of Robert Langmead, the company doubled in size during each of its first four years. And within five years, Natures Way Foods was supplying high street names such as Tesco, Morrisons, McDonald’s and Pret-a-Manger.
By 1999 Natures Way Foods was quickly climbing the rankings in the Sunday Times Virgin Fastrack 100 – becoming the fastest growing food company in the UK.
In 2007, Natures Way Foods and Robert Langmead entered the ready-to-eat fruit market, supplying supermarket giant, Morrisons. With the prepared fruit market growing rapidly, Natures Way Foods and Robert Langmead anticipated demand in an emerging market and led the way.
In 2010, the company launched Lasting Leaf™, a longer lasting, freshly washed and bagged salad range, which extends the shelf life of the salad by two days compared with similar products. Lasting Leaf uses entirely natural processes to achieve this extended life, and is being sold exclusively in Waitrose during the first year of production.
Today, Natures Way Foods is one of the leading fresh produce companies in the UK. It employs over 500 permanent staff and in 2010 was named as one of Britain’s Top Employers by CRF International, for its excellence in HR management.
First as CEO and now as Chairman, Robert Langmead has driven the company to great success.
Since its inception, Natures Way Foods has been committed to responsible and sustainable growth. The company was the first UK food producer to win the ISO 14001 Environmental Sustainability Award in 2000, and was awarded the ISO 18001 in 2010.