Korma on and feel the £ 1.75m heat
Curry contract joy for firm
A family Indian foods empire has just landed a £ 1.75 million curry contract with Aldi.
The huge deal for Punjab Pakora came just days after the firm moved into premises four times larger than before.
Aldi had just done a deal with the Ayr firm for £ 240,000 for pakora and curry ready meals for 75 stores.
And it has increased the workforce at the premises from 25 to 40.
Within a matter of three weeks as the food flew off the shelves, the bumper £ 1.5m two- year deal was secured.
Boss Kushal Dugal admitted: “People seem to love our food. We couldn’t quite believe the new order.
“They have told me they are so impressed by our curry they must stock it all the time in their supermarkets.
“They don’t just want it in Scotland, but all over the UK.”
The Co- op and Iceland have also become major UK customers.
Punjab’s old premises in Waggon Road have been retained and mothballed for production.
That has all shifted now to Crown Street,
Sironically in throwing distance from an Aldi.
The new factory has separate raw, cooking, packaging and storage areas and £ 150,000 was invested in chillers and blast cookers.
Once the new deals are up and running it means around 3.5 million dishes a year will be produced.
The firm was set up four years ago by Kushal and his wife Vinita and she will travel to the House of Commons later this month for a parliamentary lunch on the terrace in honour of what they have achieved.
The couple, who have three kids, are genuine Punjabis now settled in Prestwick and working flat out for their firm.
The production runs ten hours a day for seven days and more staff are needed.
They are looking for more staff due to the new deal which involves hand- made jalfrezi, korma and tikka.
And as well as their specialist pakora including black pudding and haggis, they produce three chicken ‘ home- cooked’ style Indian ready meals.
Kushal, 47, is a former head chef for Dubai’s ruler, the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum and also worked in commercial kitchens across Europe.
One of their secrets is the blending of their own spices, and Aldi said: “We are committed to sourcing and working with the finest Scottish producers so we can bring amazing quality and taste to our stores.”
Kushal added: “We care about our product and everything we do is about consistency.”
He continued: “With up to 7000 pakora portions and 2100 curries every day, it is very important.”
Indian Summer Vinita and Kushal Dugal show off their products and staff