Flying Trade Group, the parent company behind world food giants Surya Foods and Surya Hotels, has secured a position for the second year running in the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league tables’ – the only food company in East Anglia to be named.
Under the directorship of brothers Suki and Harry Dulai, the rapidly expanding, family run, business saw an increase of 15% in the last twelve months – taking its UK annual turnover in excess of £152 million. The Essex based business operates across several sectors of the UK food and leisure industries. Its main businesses include Surya Foods, one of the largest suppliers of authentic world foods in the UK, and Surya Hotels Ltd, a delightful collection of twelve, mainly, boutique hotels.
Speaking about the news, proprietor Harry Dulai said: “We are delighted, for the second year running, that our UK operations have secured a place within these prestigious league tables appearing alongside a raft of leading national brands. We are truly thrilled and thankful to our staff, customers and third party stakeholders.”
In 2018 Flying Trade first entered the Sunday Times Top Track 250 at position 241. Following a year on year turnover increase in excess of £20 million the group is now ranked 188. The company has made significant investments into new product development over the last 12 months and just launched a ‘Laila Naturals’ range which taps into wholefood and vegan trends. The brand extension, into lentils, beans and flours, sees 19 new products added to the Laila brand. Featuring 100% recyclable packaging the range hit the shelves of supermarket giants Asda and Morrisons this month.
Meanwhile Surya’s TOP 3 UK Laila Basmati rice brand continues to record strong growth adding more than £3m YOY to the rice category last year with sales growth of 34.6%. (Nielsen 2018) With annual sales now edging toward £12m, Laila has achieved the biggest branded growth among the Top 3 UK dry rice brands for two years running.