Ella's Kitchen

Ella's Kitchen is a company that makes organic baby and toddler food, sold in supermarkets internationally including in the UK, China, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, Canada and the United States. Ella's Kitchen has a 30% share of the UK baby food sector[2] and a global turnover of $121m. Ella's Kitchen was founded in the UK in 2006 and is a member of The Soil Association and The Organic Trade Board.

Ella's Kitchen
TypePrivate
Founded2006
FounderPaul Lindley
HeadquartersHenley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK
Key people
Mark Cuddigan (Managing Director)
ProductsOrganic baby and toddler food
Revenue£51.2 million[1]
Number of employees
62
Websitewww.ellaskitchen.co.uk Edit this on Wikidata

HistoryEdit

 
Five varieties of Ella's Kitchen food pouches in a supermarket

Founding and acquisitionEdit

The Henley-based Ella's Kitchen was founded in 2006 by Paul Lindley. After graduating from the University of Bristol he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in London and Los Angeles. He then spent nine years at Nickelodeon as deputy managing director before setting up Ella's Kitchen. The business is named after Paul's daughter, Ella.

The company launched in Scandinavia and the US in 2009 and now has a presence in sixteen markets.

In May 2013, it was announced that Ella's Kitchen had been sold to The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.,[3] a North American natural and organic products company.

CampaignsEdit

In February 2013, Paul Lindley, founder and CEO, launched a campaign focused on childhood nutrition called Averting A Recipe For Disaster.[4] A report of the same name was released at the time, including comments and support from representatives of the food and health industries, charity sector and media including Prue Leith, Tom Aikens, David Haslam (Chairman of the National Obesity Forum), Carmel McConnell (founder of Magic Breakfast), Rob Rees MBE (Chair of The School Food Trust) and Sheila Dillon (presenter of BBC Radio 4's Food Programme).[5][6] The report outlined the need for a ‘Food Manifesto for the Under Fives’,[7] a long term, cross-party plan to improve nutrition for the under-fives and a series of recommendations about what might be included in it.[8][7] In September 2013, Leicester City Council announced that it would be a year long pilot city to trial ideas and themes emerging from the report. This resulted in the Start Smart initiative launching in Leicester in March 2014,[9] which promotes collaboration between businesses, government and communities to raise awareness of healthy eating for the under-fives.

In 2015, Ella's Kitchen partnered with children's charity Save the Children,[10] for a limited edition Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner pouch. 30p from every sale was donated to Save the Children's FAST (Families and Schools Together) programme.[11] Also in 2015 they launched ‘EllaCycle’,[12] a scheme aiming to help parents learn how they can recycle and reuse all the different types of Ella's Kitchen packaging.

In February 2016. Ella's Kitchen was awarded certification as a B Corporation.[13] In May of that year, it launched a new campaign, Veg for Victory,[14] aiming to raise awareness of the benefits of starting weaning with vegetables.

ProductsEdit

Ella's Kitchen currently has 216 products, suitable for babies aged from 4 months to 3+ years, including baby and toddler food, smoothies, snack ranges and more, all featuring organic ingredients. It was the first brand to bring pouches to the baby food market.[15]

The products contain no added sugar, salt, water, additives, E numbers or GM ingredients.[citation needed]

AwardsEdit

Awards won by the company include:

  • Mum's Choice Overall Award Winner at the Tesco Mums’ Choice Awards 2011[16]
  • Best Organic Baby Food 2011 Prima Baby Reader Awards
  • International Business of the Year at the Growing Business Fast Growth Business Awards 2011[17]
  • Food and Drink Brand of the Year at The Grocer Gold Awards 2010.[18]
  • High Growth Business of the Year award at the Private Business Awards,[19]
  • an excellence award for Innovation at the 2012 Fast Track 100 event.[20]
  • The International Growth Business of the Year award at the 2012 National Business Awards[21]
  • Healthy Snacks winner in the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards.[22]
  • Innovation of the Year[when?] award at the Norway Grocery Association Awards[citation needed]
  • Grocery Brand of the Year[when?] in Sweden[citation needed]

Ella's Kitchen ranked in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list in 2011, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Burn-Callander, Rebecca (1 February 2015). "Ella's Kitchen founder makes comeback with kids toiletries brand". Telegraph. London. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Ella's Kitchen launches new meal range". Food and Drink Innovation Network. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Hain Celestial snaps up UK baby food brand Ella's Kitchen | Food Industry Hot Issues | just-food". www.just-food.com. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Eating well has to start early: We respond to a new report on under-fives nutrition". Childrens Food Trust. 2013. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  5. ^ Mileham, Arabella (6 February 2013). "Averting a recipe for disaster". The Grocer. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Parenting News: Baby-Food Entrepreneur Calls for a Food Manifesto for the Under Fives in Britain". www.femalefirst.co.uk. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  7. ^ a b Morton, Katy (7 February 2013). "Health experts call on political parties to address diet-related disease in children". Nursery World. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Chris Huhne’s long denial of his criminal offence has cost the taxpayer". The Telegraph. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  9. ^ Gurney Reid, Josie (20 March 2014). "Project brings healthy eating and nutrition to the classroom". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Ella's Kitchen Christmas Dinner Pouch". Save The Children. 2015. Archived from the original on 7 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Ella's Kitchen partners with Save the Children on pouches". Foodbev Media. 30 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Ella's Kitchen® Brand Launches Recycling Initiative | Recycle for Wales". www.recyclenow.com. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  13. ^ Briggs, Fiona (22 February 2016). "Baby food brand, Ella's Kitchen, wins B Corporation status for using business as force for good". Retail Times. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  14. ^ Gallagher, Paul (13 May 2016). "Tens of thousands of toddlers have never tried a vegetable". inews.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  15. ^ Langkjaer-Bain, Robert (1 April 2011). "Off to a good start | Feature". Research Live. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Mums' Choice Awards 2011 - Weaning". Tesco Baby & Toddler Club. Archived from the original on 14 March 2011.
  17. ^ "Winners 2011 | Startups.co.uk". Startups.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  18. ^ "The Grocer Gold Awards 2010: As good as gold". The Grocer. 19 June 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  19. ^ "Private Business Awards 2012 – Shortlist Announced". PricewaterhouseCoopers. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012.
  20. ^ "Fast Track 100 conference and awards event". The Sunday Times Fast Track. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  21. ^ "International Business of the Year, Ella's Kitchen". growingbusiness.co.uk. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  22. ^ "Most Awesome Healthy Snacks". Red Tricycle. Archived from the original on 11 December 2011.