Smylies is a privately owned, family run business established in 2003 initially specialising in the consolidation and export of British food and drink. The history of Smylies’ involvement in the food business goes back as far as 1843 when Ireland was hit badly by a terrible potato famine. Potatoes were the staple diet at that time but there was a disease that decimated much of the potato crops.
It was a time of mass emigration from Ireland and while many headed for the great opportunities in United States of America, many also came to England for fresh opportunities.
James Smylie was one of those people who came to Manchester in 1843 and set up a food company predominately selling bacon. In those days it was known as a provisions company, selling bacon, lard, butter & cheese, but that word is not generally used today. There were no supermarkets then, only small shops selling provisions on the high street.
Smylies existed through generations and in 2003 we were given an order to supply groceries to a supermarket in Abu Dhabi. It was then decided to diversify the business.
Delivering UK brands to the world
Since 2003 we have now expanded worldwide to over 40 countries, sourcing and supplying over 20,000 products to our clients which include distributors, retailers, food service companies, Embassies and supermarkets around the globe, some of which are the worlds largest groups.
From our state of the art, purpose built 30,000 sq ft facility in Bromborough we manage and ship ambient, chilled and frozen British and international favourites including Cadbury, McVities, Colmans, Branston, Muller, Bird’s Eye and many more. For more information please our refer to our food & drink export services.
Smylies deal with many of the UK’s manufacturers and following discussions with them it was apparent that they needed our assistance with exporting their products. Therefore we launched our Labelling and Logistics division offering the complete export service for manufacturers. The service removes the complexity of the difficult export process, to help businesses grow in international markets. Services include labelling and dating of products, preparation of documentation and arranging freight.
We pride ourselves on understanding both the needs of the manufacturer and the legal requirements and regulations of each country to which we export. Such is our reputation that we are now regularly approached by leading manufacturers, who would like to see their brands stocked overseas. For more information, refer to our Export Product Labelling & Logistics Service.
Our Private Label
In 2016 we launched our private label crisp company called The King’s Deli Crisps. This idea was born following requests from clients for a superior and quality tasting crisp with a long enough shelf life for the export market. After extensive research The King’s Deli Crisps were launched and we are proud to offer this product to our clients. Go online and learn about our award winning crisps available wholesale.
The export of food and drink is extremely complex and requires extensive knowledge of the country of destination and its rules and regulations. We are one of the UK’s leading export management companies because our team of industry experts has over 40 years’ invaluable experience and we offer a ‘one stop shop’ approach to provide the complete export service.
Smylies are an award-winning food export service, with two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise bestowed to us in 2014 and 2018. To be recipients of the Queen’s Award means that Smylies have been recognised as a leading business in the UK, and that all the hard work and attention to detail that is reflected throughout the entire company hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The whole team at Smylies are dedicated in providing full export solutions for wholesalers and retailers, and are proud to have created a service that provides the best of British food around the world.
We have ensured that we continue to thrive by maintaining the highest levels of customer satisfaction and by treating every client with the same care and attention as we did that first client in Abu Dhabi in 2003.
Awards & Accreditations
Our success is founded on providing a first class export service with exceptionally high customer satisfaction which is highlighted by our awards and certifications below. This quality standard aligns organisations with best practice and is a significant mark of confidence in our ability to provide an excellent service.