About Us

Who are we?

We are a family-run business with a talented and motivated team of professionals; through working with us you will experience a uniquely personal and unrivaled customer experience which cannot be found with other suppliers.

Founded in 1988 Lehmann Food Ingredients, a BRCGS certified business for food safety, are an established supplier of ingredients to the food manufacturing industry.

Our expertise and knowledge of ingredients has been developed with market experience within the industrial food sector and we adapt to continuous change in an evolving market place in order to meet our customer needs and expectations.

Lehmann Food Ingredients are proud of the long term relationships built with our network of global supply chain partners and strive to source and provide high quality ingredients to meet all aspects of food safety and quality to meet the needs of the market.

Meet Our Team

Storage and Logistics

A wide range of our ingredients are held with our distributor partner BRCGS certified Maxim Logistics, Northamptonshire in the hub of the Midlands. The centrally based storage facility allows us to provide convenient and effective distribution throughout the UK and Ireland. A service that is effective and responsive to your requirement.

“Maxim Logistics started working in partnership with Lehmann Food Ingredients in 2018.  It was an ideal fit for Maxims with their AA BRC Storage and Distribution Standard accreditation.  Distribution is made to the whole of the UK on Maxims food dedicated fleet of vehicles from the Maxim warehouse facilities in Corby. Lehmann’s have been delighted with the quality of storage and distribution and the exceptional levels of service they have received.”

Andy Lawrence – Managing Director, Maxims Logistics Group Ltd.

Our Ingredients

Our Supply Chain

Our expertise and knowledge of ingredients has been developed with market experience within the industrial food sector and we adapt to continuous change in an evolving market place in order to meet our customer needs and expectations.

Sourcing food ingredients is resource intensive and can be very costly for food producers, however,  Lehmann Food Ingredients have decades of experience and longstanding partnerships with many of the leading ingredients manufacturers around the globe.

Lehmann Food Ingredients Ltd take the pain out of identifying alternative sources for your ingredients; we sell quality products, at highly competitive prices, and, manage any specific requirements which ensures our customer service is always first class.

As a BRCGS certificated supplier under the Agents & Brokers Standard, we can reduce costs associated with the technical approval of new ingredients and the QA process.

We manage the logistics of import, storage and delivery reducing any unexpected costs.

Our Supply Chain
We import ingredients made from raw materials grown all across the world, typically the EU, USA / Canada and China.
The raw materials for our ingredients are grown in the field.
The raw materials are sent to approved manufacturers, our Supply Chain Partners, for production into food ingredients.
The food ingredients produced by our supply chain partners are packaged and stored ready for shipment.
The food ingredients are loaded, securely sealed and transported to the UK via a container ship. Together with our Forwarding Agents, we manage all aspects of importation including clearance at the ports and control this process effectively to minimise the risk of any potential delays.
Once cleared, stocked ingredients are transported to a BRCGS certificated warehouse for storage and distribution. Alternatively, deliveries can be made direct to the customer’s site if the order is for a Full Container Load, or, upon request for urgent deliveries. All deliveries from stock take place on food-only vehicles and we are currently operating at an exceptional OTIF performance of 99%.
The food ingredients are transported either direct, or from stock, to our customers who use this ingredient in the production of finished food products.
The finished products produced by our customers are delivered into the UK food supply chain, either wholesale or the retailers, which are then purchased by the final consumer.

“This process provides a general overview of our supply chain and may differ between manufacturers of different ingredients”.

Mission Values and Vision

Our Mission is to provide our customers in food manufacturing with safe, high quality ingredients delivered with care and integrity.

Through our network of supply chain partners we offer a complete range of ingredients that are distributed on time to meet customer expectations.

Our focus on food safety to our customers and their consumers is met by our investment in our in-house Technical and Quality Department, giving our customers assurance and confidence with the ingredients we supply. This is backed up with our BRCGS certification and demonstrates our commitment for robust procedures and continuous improvement in all aspects of our business.

We aim to offer value to our customers supply chain that are cost effective business solutions being an arm extension of their purchasing and procurement of food ingredients.

Our Business Timeline

1988 1988
1994 1994
2001 2001
2002 2002
2006 2006
2009 2009
2010 2010
2013 2013
2014 2014
2016 2016
2018 2018
2019 2019

1988

Lehmann Food Ingredients was founded as Guy Lehmann SFI Ltd in Blackburn, Lancashire in June 1988 by Guy Lehmann, initially trading in bulk vinegar from Burg Group.

1994

Mark Lehmann joins the business.

2001

October

Lehmann food ingredients moves from Blackburn to Lancaster and our current offices in Whitecross Business Park

2002

February

Julie Booth joined the business.

2006

December

Company rebranded as Lehmann Food Ingredients Ltd.

2009

February

Julie Booth appointed as Director.

March

Guy Lehmann retires and Mark assumes role as M.D.

2010

September

In September 2010 we achieved certification to ISO9001:2008, establishing our Quality Management System.

2013

July

In July 2013 we achieved certification to ISO22000; moving with the industry and developing a robust Food Safety Management System.

2014

December

In December 2014 we achieved certification to the newly introduced BRC Agents & Brokers Standard, recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative; this demonstrates our commitment to maintaining and developing our Food Safety Management System, to ensure a robust supply chain for our ingredients.

2016

ADM Partnership is established to import and distribute their range of sweeteners and starches.

2018

August

New partnership with Maxim Logistics.

2019

November

In November 2019 – following our BRCGS A&Bs audit, we achieved a AA* – the highest grade achievable; further evidence of our commitment as a business to continual improvement and our Food Safety Management System.

Pure Ingredients – Ireland

Pure Ingredients is an associate business to Lehmann’s based in Dublin. It was set up by the current Directors, Mark Lehmann and Oliver O’Hara in April 2012, and offers a full range of frozen and ambient food ingredients to manufacturers and distributes throughout Ireland.
For all sales enquiries in Ireland please contact the office on:  +353 (0)1 460 4534.

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