History of Chaucer

Supplying quality ingredients since 1980

Chaucer has gone from strength to strength ever since our very first bakery was opened in Kent. Our success is based on quality. Quality product, quality service, quality people.

Founded in Charing, Kent under the name of Knevitts – was a bakery and developed a bread type to suit an instant soup crouton application.1980
1982Moved to Ashford, Kent as Chaucer Foods Ltd - Developed this into a manufacturing practice and started supplying croutons to soup manufacturers around the world.
Moved to Hull to get closer to its 2 main raw material suppliers – Jackson for Bread and AAK for Oil.1988
1993Purchased Pearts Bakery to become vertical on bread supply and remove competitor from the market.
Purchased Novaglen pasta facility in Canterbury and changed the name to Pilgrim Pasta.1994
1995Purchased the Saumur Freeze Drying plant from Unilever and became involved in FD veg and herbs. Chaucer Foods spray dried mushroom powder factory also.
Closed Pilgrim Pasta in Canterbury and moved pasta line to France.1999
1999Began supply of FD fruit to Kellogg Europe followed by supply to USA in 2000.
Began supply of Salad Croutons in Sachets to Salad Manufacturers.1999
2000Established Chaucer Foods Inc in USA.
Opened rep office in Beijing China.2001
2003Established full Chinese company with office in Qingdao and Factory in Huangdao Free Trade Zone and holding company in Hong Kong.
Launched Pane Italia bread snacks and won Good Food Award.2004
2005Opened new Huangdao Sorting Centre - original facility opened in 2003.
Chinese growing programme started.2005
2006Freeze dried production starts in Linyi facility.
Established Chaucer Foods Chile.2010
2011Launched Clusters.
Opened Chaucer Foods Inc office and Research and Development facility in Battle Creek, MI USA.2012
2012Launched freeze dried fruits in cold beverages for major consumer brand.
Launched Bread snacks on Emirates airlines.2012
2013Commenced investment with global snack company manufacturing plant.
Commenced with investment in new US plant.2014
2015Launch of Nothing But, freeze dried fruit and vegetable snacks and Fru Snax, freeze dried fruit and yoghurt snacks.
Chaucer aquired by Nagatanien.2016
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