We are Expanding our Sales and Account Management Team
HB Ingredients is delighted to announce an expansion of our Sales & Account Management Team, enabling us to improve and cement relations with our existing customers, whilst developing new business.
David Brealey is joining the company and is based from home in Derbyshire. The role will be as the main commercial point of contact with current and potential customers located in the North and Midlands areas of England and Wales. David will be involved in all aspects of Account Management, including support with customers' Product & Applications Development, together with supporting Key Accounts nationally.
David has extensive knowledge and experience having worked for 12 years for Thorntons PLC, initially in a variety of roles in the Production & Operations environment and latterly for 6 years in various Development roles. He was ultimately responsible for developing seasonal & adult speciality ranges through to factory trials. Since moving on from Thorntons a year ago, David has been working for Thermoform in a Senior Sales & Development role, growing business with current and new customers for confectionery & packaging moulds. There is probably very little that David does not know about chocolate!
James Flint of Gemini Foods is now representing the commercial interests for us in Scotland and Eire. James has many years experience in the Food Industry and is well known by customers throughout the UK, representing Belgosuc here in the UK over the past few years. James continues to work with Belgosuc and will further enhance our commercial activities in his area, through his many contacts and knowledge.
Chris Hawkins has represented us in the South West and South Wales since last October and has already ‘got his feet under the table' with most of our existing clients as well as generating a considerable amount of new business. One of his specialist areas is in the Ice Cream Industry and so Chris will now be supporting our efforts in this sector on a National basis.
By making these appointments we have been fortunate to put together a team with fantastic experience and knowledge and we know that this increases our ability to meet and exceed customer expectations going forward. Our commitment to be your unrivalled supplier of Chocolate and ‘the sweet side of food ingredients' remains firmer than ever. Day to day ordering etc will, of course, be maintained with the team here in Uckfield
New Dynamic Price List
We have produced our price list in a new dynamic format that is updated daily from our Exchequer accounting system, giving accurate pricing information. The price list is now sub-divided to keep similar products in the same range, making navigation easier. By clicking on the product code, this will take you directly to full details of that product, even on the PDF printable version.
Try it out on the example below---->
To access our price list either click here, or log into our website, www.hbingredients.co.uk, using your e-mail address and password, then a "Price List" tab will appear at the top, taking you straight there.
Prices For The Second Half OF 2009
By the end of this month we expect to know the rough increase percentages in chocolate prices for the second half of this year. As we have been saying for the past couple of months we do expect chocolate prices to increase substantially. We will do all we can to help minimise these, but again please ensure you take this into account when planning raw material prices forward for the rest of the year.
You will see that we have just started stocking the Retail Bars from Grenada. These are ‘by popular request' and are 18x85gram tablets per outer, available in either 60% or 71% cocoa solids. Remember we also sell the 71% as a couverture for those special recipe ideas.
We are also looking to stock the single origin bars from El Rey and Askinosie Chocolate we will keep you informed of developments. We are constantly asked for ‘unique' bars and so have bowed to demand, but only on a very small select basis.
For our Foodservice and Shop customers, we are also now distributing ‘Spoonfuls', which are 35gram individually wrapped Milk Chocolate Moulded Chunks on a wooden stirrer, ideal for the perfect Hot Chocolate Drink. These are packed 24 per outer and are now in stock.
You will see from the article above that we have recruited to further build our Commercial team. We have been planning to do this for some time and the new expanded team will help us raise our game with a broad range of expertise. This will enable us to work more closely with you, the customer, to help find the right ingredients for your business and also ensure that you can ‘lean on us' to support you with technical and application solutions as well as with New Product Development ideas and other areas where we can lend you an ‘objective ear'.
6th April 2009