Established in 1885, today the group operates from seven manufacturing sites, producing and supplying an extensive range in quality cooked meats, ranging from salmon, poultry, pre-sliced and whole joints of cooked meat to convenience foods and a variety of delicatessen items. The entire group boasts a product range which extends well into the thousands.Our product development team are continually striving to produce new and exciting goods. Our philosophy at Browns Food Group is driven by customer satisfaction; listening to each customer to define and fulfil their needs, whilst continuing to achieve the highest quality across our products, outstanding levels of service and competitive prices.Browns Food Group is a multi-disciplinary food manufacturing organisation, operating from 7 state of the art facilities throughout the UK. We have a long history of successful partnerships with major players in the wholesale and retail sector through each of our companies.
The Browns family opened a small butcher shop in Biggar in the Scottish Borders in 1885, curing all their own bacon and distributing products by horse and cart throughout Lanarkshire and surrounding areas. Business flourished and two further traditional "factory" units were opened to satisfy regional demand. The Godfrey family bought this small business in the late 1980’s and with six members of staff they continued to uphold the values of tradition and quality of the Browns family. By the early 1990s they had purchased a new state of the art factory in Dumfriesshire, Brown Brothers Manufacturing Ltd. The new site paved the way for both frozen and chilled products to be manufactured and distributed, enabling the product range to be extended and providing continued opportunity for growth. Over the next decade Browns Food Group emerged through various acquisitions, becoming one of the leading independent manufacturers in the industry. Operating from seven sites in the UK, each with their own area of expertise puts us, as a group, in the enviable position of being able to offer our customers an "across the board" choice of food products and services. Our most recent purchase in January 2013 was the well-known Scottish food brand Hall’s and the associated Van Sales operations from Vion Food Group.
Well that’s another Highland Show under our belts. And what a show it was! We took a new approach to the show, concentrating on our best Scottish brands including our new members of the family Halls’ and of course Wee Willie Winkie and his colouring competition. We were also proud to be sponsors of the show for the first time. Our show was a triumphant success; great feedback, great atmosphere and we’ve already got big plans for next year!
We are happy to announce that we will be attending this years International Food Event at Londons EXcel.
The move by Browns, which is headquartered in Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire, will see the retention of the Hall’s production in Scotland, and the van sales operation will continue to operate throughout Scotland. Fifty Hall’s employees will be retained in that area. Browns Finance Director Alan Hill said: “We are very pleased to have secured the future of one of Scotland’s best known brands, and to have brought it safely under private Scottish ownership. It is especially fitting that we agreed the deal so close to Burns Night, as Hall’s is one of the world’s largest suppliers of haggis. We intend to invest heavily in the Hall’s brand, and we will preserve and increase its reputation by offering food that is both good quality and good value. This will also lead to job creation and security going forward.” A spokesman for Vion Food Group said: “Following their acquisition of the Hall’s brand, we would like to wish Browns Food Group every success with their plans for the business.”
BPEX foodservice trade manager, Tony Goodger, said: “We were incredibly impressed with the standard of entries this year. It is fantastic to see that the sector is constantly striving to innovate and make the most of Quality Assured pork. “The variation in product entries shows that as well as being a firm favourite with diners, pork is an incredibly versatile meat, being combined with ingredients such as stout and honey, pickled walnut and pecans. It was also nice to see that the humble pork scratching – one of favourite bar snacks – got a look in!”
The Guinness World Record’s largest haggis; measuring more than 2.5 metres in length, a metre in width and a metre in height, was made and cooked at our North Berwick premises before being transported in a bespoke truck. A team of 12 people were involved in the making of the haggis, which included 1537lb of select cuts of pork and pork offal, 734lb of oatmeal, 86lb of seasoning and 51lb of onions!