Since 1990, HBS has specialised in sourcing, processing and supplying natural and sustainable nuts and dried fruit products for some of the UK’s most prestigious brands.
Using the finest nuts and fruits from accredited and ethical growers, we offer an extensive range of products and services. From cleaning and treating, to mixing, milling and blending and finally packaging and delivery, our purpose-built plant and storage facility in the West Midlands gives us the capacity to process over 4,500 tonnes of material a year.
The heritage and scale of our business enables us to offer our customers unrivalled quality, value and service. Thanks to our buying power, market knowledge and supplier relationships, as well as our innovative and high-tech equipment, quality accreditations and the passion and expertise of our team, we are a trusted partner for cereal manufacturers, health food companies, bakeries, confectioners and more.
tonnes of material processed each year
million pounds in turnover per year
As a business, we believe in providing our customers with a fantastic range of products, assured by stringent quality processes and backed up by friendly and knowledgeable service.
We also have our own brand, HBS Natural Choice, which sells a selection of our products online to smaller manufacturers, bakeries and home bakers, offering the variety, quality and value once reserved for industry professionals.
Why choose HBS
We have strong and long-standing relationships with a variety of customers, ranging from internationally-recognised brands and large domestic manufacturers to smaller artisan producers and even home bakers. There are many reasons why so many businesses put their faith in us to deliver time and again.
H.B.S. Foods Ltd was formed by three company directors with many years of experience in the edible nut industry.
The company relocated from its original factory in the West Midlands, to a new purpose-built 15,000 sqft factory in Netherton, west of Birmingham.
Following the retirement of one of the founding directors, the company was taken over by the Hopcraft family.
We installed our second roasting line, giving us greater flexibility for roasted products and enabling us to perfect our flaking and drying process.
Our first laser sorting line was installed, raising the level of product quality and opening the door to supplying larger brands.
With the steady growth of processing lines forcing urgent need for more space, we relocated all raw materials to a neighboring 15,000 sqft storage facility. This freed-up space in the process area for further expansion.
After outgrowing the long-serving Netherton factory, the company acquired a plot of land less than a quarter of a mile away. “Nut Wharf” was constructed composing of a 22,000 sqft storage facility and a 20,000 sqft processing plant, with considerable yard space to cope with shipping containers and articulated vehicles.
Further development took place at Nut Wharf when several extensions and external modifications were implemented to meet new demands and legislation of the food industry. These additions included a separate machinery wash-down facility, a storage building for site service equipment, and three airlocks on entrance and exit points.
We have trusted and long-standing relationships with some of the UK’s most prestigious brands, including bakeries, cereal and cake manufacturers, health food companies, chocolatiers and more.