We’re committed to strong long-term relationships with our key suppliers, building partnerships with those who are committed to quality and share our values. And earlier this month we recognised three of our best in our annual ‘Supplier of the Year’ award.
This year’s winners were Caravela Coffee from Colombia; Imenti, which is part of the Kenya Tea Development Agency; and Delifresh, a Bettys fresh produce and speciality food supplier based in Bradford.
Emily Hawken, Taylors coffee buyer, said: ‘Our business with Caravela has grown enormously with the success of our Colombia Nespresso compatible capsules and our Pure Origin Colombia coffee. Caravela has a fantastic farmer training programme and tastes every single delivery of coffee they receive from their farmers scoring and rewarding them for quality.’
We’ve been buying tea from Imenti for over 30 years. Situated at the foot of Mount Kenya, Imenti has over 4,000 farmers supplying the factory with top quality tea leaves. Suzy Garraghan, Taylors Tea Buyer said: ‘Imenti’s unrivalled quality is a result of a number of factors – the high elevation, rich soils and favourable climate, and world class tea husbandry techniques, combined with a commitment to excellence in the factory. It’s a forward looking estate, with hydro-power supplying 100% of energy requirements to the factory, and diversification strategies into forestry and honey, creating a diverse and agile business, that supports the prosperity of the entire Imenti community.’
Bettys Supplier of the Year, Delifresh Ltd, has supplied a wide selection of fresh produce and speciality delicatessen items to Bettys for over ten years, six days a week and is now one of our most important suppliers. Many of these products reflect the work Delifresh does with small, local and artisan producers to bring the best of Yorkshire and British ingredients into our branches. Corbett Phillips, Bettys Senior Buyer, said: ‘Delifresh is a great example of a supply partner that helps make Bettys the much treasured experience it has become. Our people regularly visit producers and farms, giving us an understanding of the quality and an appreciation of the effort and commitment that goes into their production and supply.’