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.
UK: Founded in Charing, Kent, as Knevitts bakery – developed bread recipe for instant soup croutons.
UK: Moved to Ashford, Kent, as Chaucer Foods Ltd – developed soup crouton manufacturing process and started supplying croutons to soup manufacturers around the world.
UK: Moved to Hull and closer to our two main raw material suppliers for bread and oil, at that time.
UK: Purchased Pearts Bakery, in Derby, in order to be able to bake our own bread and remove competitor from the market.
France: Purchased our Saumur freeze-drying plant from Unilever and became involved in freeze-dried vegetables and herbs. We also acquired our spray-dried mushroom powder factory.
Began to supply freeze-dried fruit to Kellogg’s, first in Europe and then the USA.
Began to supply salad croutons in sachets to salad manufacturers.
USA: Established Chaucer Foods Inc.
China: Opened our sales oﬃce in Beijing.
China: Established our full Chinese business with an oﬃce in Qingdao, factory in Huangdao Free Trade Zone and a holding company in Hong Kong.
China: Opened our new Huangdao sorting centre.
China: Began our Chinese growing programme.
China: Production started at our partner freeze-drying factory in Linyi.
South America: Established Chaucer Foods, Chile.
USA: Opened Chaucer Foods Inc office and Research and Development facility in Battle Creek, Michigan.
USA: Freeze-drying production facilities opened in Forest Grove, Oregon.
USA: Chaucer Foods UK acquired a majority stake in Crunchies Natural Food Co, a leading consumer brand in the US market for freeze-dry.
USA: Crunchies rebranded its logo and packaging to become more aligned with the consumer profile in the freeze-dry market.
Chaucer was acquired by Nagatanien with co-investment from INCJ, Ltd.
USA: Chaucer Foods UK acquired the remaining minority interests in Crunchies Natural Food Co.