AN INTERVIEW WITH: Darren Bevan, Commercial Director – Manufacturing and Export Sales at JDM Food Group.
JDM Food Group has seen exceptional growth over the last 3 years, which during a time of economic instability is extremely impressive. Find out more about the business and how it has coped with its remarkable growth, from our interview with Darren Bevan:
Q: Tell us a bit about JDM Food Group:
A: JDM was established in 2000 and began with supplying garlic products, before expanding into the import and supply of ginger. Today, the business supplies over 250 food manufacturing sites and is the leading supplier to Tesco for garlic, ginger, sweet potatoes and butternut squash.
Q: What does JDM’s customer base look like?
A: We supply to an extremely diverse customer base including: small independent retailers; national and multi-national supermarket chains; food manufacturers and foodservice companies.
Q: What makes JDM different to similar food companies?
A: Our focus on innovation and new product development, alongside our partnership approach with customers. It’s a combination that has helped us to grow 54.49% in just the last 3 years. We’ve also recently been awarded 82nd place in the Sunday Times Fasttrack 100, celebrating the fastest growing privately owned companies in the UK, which is testament to the fact that whatever our customers want, we always do our best to deliver – whatever they need we will find a way!
Q: How has the business coped with such fast and significant growth?
A: We have invested in the right staff and the right processes, including implementing a new ERP system in 2013, to help maintain excellent service and our reputation as a leader in our industry.
Q: How has implementing a new ERP system been of benefit to JDM?
A: Without a doubt, SAP Business One coupled with the ProcessForce application for food businesses, delivered by Signum Solutions, has had a major impact on business efficiency and I’m certain that it will continue to do so as the business grows.
Q: What’s next in the plan for JDM?
A: As always we are working on more new and innovative products and will be showcasing these at trade events across the country, throughout the year.
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