Pesto adds flavour to OBE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWYEAR HONOURS -

A BEA­CONS­FIELD woman has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Years’s Hon­ours List.

Clare Blampied, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ital­ian food pro­ducer Sa­cla’ UK, has been re­warded for ‘ser­vices to the food in­dus­try.

She es­tab­lished Sa­cla’ in the UK in 1991, when it was the first com­pany to sell Pesto on the main­stream UK con­sumer mar­ket.

Since then she has steered the com­pany to be­come a house­hold brand with a ris­ing an­nual turnover of nearly £30 mil­lion and a 57.1% share of all pesto sales.

The com­pany has turned over cu­mu­la­tively £450m and em­ploys 20 peo­ple at its head­quar­ters in Bea­cons­field.

She said: “With Sa­cla’ cel­e­brat­ing 25 years in the UK in 2016, I am im­mensely grate­ful to have been se­lected for such an hon­our at such a spe­cial time. The award is for ev­ery­one who has sup­ported me and helped to build the busi­ness to where it is to­day.”

As well as be­ing a known food brand within the UK’s re­tail­ers, Sa­cla’ has built up a rep­u­ta­tion in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, where it is val­ued for its sup­port of lo­cal char­i­ties and schools.

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