This summer Quattro Foods is not only toasting the slow but sure return to business, but we are also making merry in honour of a very special birthday. Happy double digits to us!
Wow, what a journey. What a decade. Team Quattro is indulging in a well-earned glass of bubbly and an extra-large slice of cake. Celebrating ten years is no mean feat for any business but we feel that this landmark birthday heralds a true milestone.
Manufacturing and distributing food products to the country’s high street chains, individual restaurants, the NHS, the army, the UN, schools, colleges, universities and the food service industry is all in a day’s work. Well, in normal times it is. But the last few months have been anything but normal. In fact, since we launched our business in 2010 we have faced more than our fair share of challenges. We have survived a recession, the looming and terrifying threat of Brexit and now, like everyone else, we are grappling with the crippling effects on our business and the entire sector of Covid-19. What we have learned is that the only way to cope with adversity is with positivity and confidence and bucket loads of hope for a successful and fulfilling decade to come.
So how did we respond to the pandemic? Regular readers of our blog will be aware of our efforts to help those less fortunate throughout the darkest Covid days. Donating surplus stock to local homeless and hungry residents was our way of giving back to a community that has supported our family business from its inception.
Proud of our reputation as a forward thinking, agile business, we have now invested in a variable-portion pouch filling machine to cater to restaurants opening up slowly after lockdown to allow them to order small quantities initially.
We are continuing to fight our way out of this catastrophe by seeking grants offered to the food manufacturing industry, which are paltry in comparison to the help given to our higher profile cousin, the hospitality sector. But at Quattro we are standing tall, forcing industry bodies to notice us and our contribution to the sector. Seen by many as the “squeezed middle“, manufacturers are missing out on government grants, whilst the hospitality sector is being safeguarded with extra funding. As suppliers of restaurants across the country, we are deserving of this protection too and we will find it.
We will keep fighting the fight and with the help of the local community, the government and our loyal customers we too will see the light. Bring on happier times, we are ready for an exciting second decade – cheers to us!