World food giant Surya Foods expands into snack production


A wide range of popular snacks have started coming off the production line of a brand new production facility at global food wholesalers Surya Food’s Harwich site. 

Decades of expertise in international food and a keen understanding of the UK world food sector, at both independent and national retail, has been poured into the new £2 Million facility which will create 30 new positions and service some of the biggest names in UK retail.

Surya’s NPD team have created several new brand concepts with Thai Dragon Sweet Chilli Prawn Crackers (100g) and Thai Dragon Thai Cracker Mix (100g) first off the production line. These two products have already secured listings at Aldi and are set to hit the shelves later this week.

The facility will produce own brand snacks for Surya Foods as well as private label services across a broad range of products, from classic to exotic flavours, including; mixed savouries; prawn crackers (seasoned with anything from hoisin to sriracha); savoury snacks, including corn puffs, hoops and chips, as well as spicy and exotic fruit, nut and seed selections. Classic snacks and flavours spanning Indian, Oriental, African, Caribbean, South American, Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines will all be covered, from spicy Bombay Mix and fiery Mexican chipotle flavours to sweet Caribbean banana chips.

As one of the UK’s leading wholesale specialists Surya Foods already stocks and manufactures a variety of high quality, authentic food products from around the world. 

Surya Foods’ managing director Harry Dulai said: “During the last 20 years, in response to the UK’s more adventurous culinary tastes, we have taken Surya Foods from rice production and world food importers to a major manufacturer of leading mainstream brands. 

“We are passionate about authentic tasting food products and have poured all our expertise into this new facility which will enable us to produce some of the world’s favourite snacks right here in Essex.

“Our large frying and blending facilities means we can offer a large product portfolio along with authentic bespoke, regional flavours to suit all tastes and target customers. Coupled with five packaging lines, and a highly experienced NPD team, we are confident we have a solution for any retailer out there looking to source authentic, tasty world food snacks produced in the UK, to high UK standards.”

The new production facility is set within the firm’s 11-acre BRC accredited Surya Foods plant in Harwich, with an expert team on hand to create completely bespoke snacks, from concept to finished product taking in everything from flavouring to packaging.

The facility is able to manufacturer a wide range of products to accommodate bulk buy, food service or retail, from bitesize 60g snack packs to large 25kg formats, with packaging options ranging from pillow and self-standing bags to tubs and buckets.

Surya Foods is one of the largest suppliers of authentic foods to the UK food sector. Its unrivalled, extensive food ranges has seen it become the biggest supplier of world food lines into supermarket giants Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, with extensive independent retail accounts across the UK. The company’s leading, authentic Laila basmati features in the UK’s top three rice brands (2019 Nielsen data). It also recently expanded the Laila brand into plant-based with Laila Naturals.

The company’s products are sold in over 30 countries worldwide with its evolving ranges spanning South Asian, Oriental, African-Caribbean, African and Polish cuisines which are popular with both mainstream and ethnic consumers in the UK. 

Surya Snacks aims to excel at manufacturing, NPD, private label and branded FMCG impulse products.