EHL Ingredients is looking to take its revenue to £5m this year, after reporting a 20% increase in sales during December 2011.

The family-run manufacturing firm, based in Stockport, which produces natural herbs, seasonings and spices, said it would like to build on last year’s annual turnover which came to £3.8m. In order to achieve this, the company will be looking to hire four new members of staff, invest in new machinery and add further products to its portfolio, such as allergen-free spices and seasonings, Mexican chillis, and heat-treated herbs and spices.

Tasneem Backhouse, sales director at EHL Ingredients, told British Baker: “The business has been doing really well. We’re looking into new product development to help EHL grow further – possibly blended seeds and herbs that might be ideal for the bakery sector. In addition, we’re taking on more customers and looking to recruit new members of staff for our admin, sales and technical sides of the business to help it succeed in 2012.”  

Backhouse, whose mum Emma Haq started up the business in 1997, said EHL Ingredients currently employs 18 staff, who help in its production of more than 400 ingredients for bakeries, food manufacturers, wholesalers and cash-and-carry firms within the UK.