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Family business become one of the largest independent flavour, colour and ingredients companies in the UK

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Founded in 1998 Blends Ltd. originally operated from a small craft bakery in Liverpool, initially supplying simple commodity ingredients to the baking industry. Mike Rowark and his family have invested all their energy into growing and expanding the business, working as ingredient suppliers to the bakery and beverage industries.

In 2011 Blends moved to Knowsley Business Park, Liverpool. There they expanded the business to meet the high demand from their customers. Currently the company is in the process of expanding even more to ensure the demands of their customers are met and exceeded.

Blends Ltd. offer an award winning range of flavours, colours and ingredients for the food and beverage industries, including bakery, confectionery, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, dairy and sports nutrition. Also, they operate extensively in the Vape Industry, being one of the largest glycerine suppliers in UK for this sector.

Blends Ltd. semi-automated packaging facilities can pack a wide range of products from 38ml flavour bottles to 1400kg IBC’s in an AA+ GRADE BRC compliant environment. The Blends difference is that they track and connect every product within their portfolio to relevant Global and Domestic market Trends & Consumer Insight in order to stay ahead of the curve and create the most authentic natural tastes for each sector. Every product is tried and tested to ensure optimum flavour experience for the customers and their brands – said Claire Murphy, Director of Innovation at Blends Ltd.

They are constantly searching for and developing market-leading technologies and ingredients, this combination promises tailored flavour solutions and unique taste sensations. Blends works hand in hand with their customers, similar to a partnership, to help them create and perfect innovative and unique concepts that stand out from the crowd. This helps their customer create a sustainable competitive advantage for their products and brands – said Mike Rowark, Managing Director at Blends Ltd.

In 2018 Blends won the “Knowsley Business Award” as Excellence in Manufacturing/Logistics and this year, they won “The Liverpool Echo Regional Business Awards” as Business of the Year 2019 (51 to 250 employees).

Now with the factory expansion close to completion they will continue to provide the highest quality service and support for their existing customers and once completed, Blends Ltd. will create new experiences for future partnerships. They will open the doors to a special laboratory section where guests will be able to taste test their new product developments and visualise their new creations and innovations within specific applications for a unique multi-sensory experience.