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Friday, 25 April 2014

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West Cumbrian food firm celebrates 40th anniversary

A Threlkeld firm has celebrated 40 years in business.

Four Seasons Foods
Director Clare Horsburgh and managing director Andrew Horsburgh of Four Seasons Foods

Four Seasons Foods was opened in 1972 by Cranston Horsburgh and initially operated from a small corner shop and pilot warehouses throughout Keswick.

In 1981 a retail unit was opened at Herries Thwaite Shopping Centre.

Mr Horsburgh retired in 1992 and his sons Andrew and David took over, moving to the warehouse in Threlkeld.

David is no longer involved in the business, which has been run by Andrew and his wife Clare since April 2003.

To celebrate 40 years, the firm, which employs around 35 staff, opened the doors to the warehouse last week and invited all its local and national suppliers as well as new and existing customers.

There was also a Ready Steady Cook style competition with local chefs and bread-making demonstrations from Dan Grimshaw, of Simply Good Baking in Keswick.

Andrew Horsburgh, who is managing director, said: “We are privileged to be celebrating 40 years in business, especially in the current economic climate.

“We pride ourselves on good prices, good produce and have no gimmicks and try to maintain our prices.

“We try to be an open book and what you see is what you get with us.”

Mr Horsburgh said the recession had not affected the business as yet but he felt they would be able to tackle it if it became worse.

“Most of our staff have been with us for 20-plus years and many of our drivers for around 15 years,” he said.

“We are all like a family here and we also have a fantastic team of junior staff.

“I certainly hope we can keep going for another 40 years.”

Around 150 people turned up on the day, including Francis Chisuse, of the Msuwadzi Association of Small Tea Farms in Malawi, who had been invited by Keswick man Joe Human, of the Cumbria Fairtrade Network.

Mr Human said that the tea growers received a price premium for their tea as well as a grant price for community development and that this money had allowed children to go to school and bridges to be built in villages to help transport.

Have your say

It is always nice to see a small business being successful.

Threlkeld is hardly West Cumbria though!

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur

Posted by Guiy de Montfort L'amaur on 17 March 2012 at 22:12

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