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As a global product development partner, we specialise in high-quality food ingredients. We’re committed to helping our customers create better products – and a better, more sustainable world. As the delicious & nutritious product development partner, we are experts in seasonings, sauces & dressings and value added coatings.

Our Purpose

We blend care and creativity to nourish the world.

At Griffith Foods, our purpose defines who we are, what we do, and why we exist, highlighting what makes us distinct and authentic in the marketplace. We help our partners meet the evolving needs and desires of consumers in ways that respect and sustain the planet. Our care and creativity mean we’ll find the right mix of global reach and local impact to serve the earth and nourish all of us.

Our Story

“If you look at our history, being a vehicle for the greater good has been the ethos of this company.”

– Brian Griffith, Owner and Executive Chairman

Action follows purpose. Collaboration leads to innovation. And more often than not, the future you can envision is the future you can make a reality. This was certainly true in 1919 when Enoch Luther (E.L.) Griffith, a Chicago salesman, and his son Carroll Ladd (C.L.) Griffith, a pharmacologist, took the first bold steps toward improving America’s food industry. The Griffiths’ aim was to introduce food science to the food industry. Why? Because they believed they could improve food safety while creating healthier, better-tasting food.

Fast forward four generations and a century later, it’s the same purpose-driven approach that continues to guide Griffith Foods today, and for the next 100 years

1919 Our Founding
1920 – 1930 North American Growth
1930 – 1940 Product Development
1950 – 1960 Going Global
1960 – 1970 Increasing Innovation
1970 Opening our office in Herentals, Belgium
1971 Opening our office in Derbyshire, United Kingdom
1978 Opening our office in Rome, Italy
1982 Opening our office in Tarragona, Spain
1986 Opening our office in Suresnes, France
1980 – 1990 Purposeful Evolution
2005 Opening our office in Milan, Italy
2006 Opening our office in Münster, Germany
2017 Opening our office in Valls, Spain
2000 – 2020 Built for Success
Today A New Era
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Our Founding

At a time when the nation’s food supply couldn’t be trusted, Enoch Luther (E.L.) Griffith and Carroll Ladd (C.L.) Griffith recognised the need to introduce food science to the food industry through personal customer relationships. Thus began the storefront start of the company at 429 W. 79th Street in Chicago.

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North American Growth

On May 14, 1929, Griffith’s first company outside of the United States was established in Toronto under the leadership of E.L. Griffith’s nephews, Maurice and Luther Rector.  Griffith introduces specialty flours, liquid seasonings, and imports German Prague Salt, which dramatically reduced the required curing times for ham, bacon, and sausage.

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Product Development

Working to create safer, healthier and better-tasting food, Griffith utilised innovative technologies and processes to enhance the taste and safety of food products while reducing cost and speeding up production – developing Prague Powder “The Safe Fast Cure”, hydrolysed vegetable protein, an essential and affordable building block of flavour, antioxidant seasonings and more.

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Going Global

Then, as now, Griffith grew by helping its customers grow – expanding its product line and services with ingredients and technology made to assure dependable flavour, texture, and quality. E.L.’s grandson, Dean L. Griffith joins the company and pioneers a global spirit to adapt and meet the needs of the cultures we serve. 

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Increasing Innovation

Following new operations in South America, Europe, and Asia in the 1960s and 1970s, Dean Griffith restructured the company in 1978 to preserve its global footprint. Further pushes for improvement involved collaboration between culinary teams and food scientists, allowing Griffith to expand within the food industry. 

Unit Paks offer processors and foodservice operations optimised batching and back-of-house efficiencies. Griffith Foods introduces HVP flavour extensions, Flavour Glaze for BBQ, authentic liquid blends, and unique coating systems with increased durability and functionality in baked and fried applications.

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Opening our office in Herentals, Belgium

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Opening our office in Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Opening our office in Rome, Italy

Opening our office in Tarragona, Spain

Opening our office in Suresnes, France

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Purposeful Evolution

By acquiring new companies, creating a new division, and further developing its core capabilities, the company blended together diverse approaches and points of view to help customers grow. Griffith acquired Custom Culinary® in 1991 to expand its soup, base, sauce, and gravy offerings, then launched its Innova®Flavors division in 1997, which greatly diversified its catalog of customisable  natural flavourings, pastes, and marinades.

Two new, state-of-the-art Culinary Centers are opened at the Alsip headquarters and in Europe to provide customers with additional product development resources. Custom Culinary® is acquired and Innova®, a manufacturer of savoury flavours, is established. New facilities are built in Brazil, Southern China, and South Korea.

Opening our office in Milan, Italy

Opening our office in Münster, Germany

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Opening our office in Valls, Spain

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Built for Success

Griffith’s sustainability platform has been a key driver of change looking toward the future.

By following the four strategic thrusts – shared value, leverage technology, partner ecosystems, and health and nutrition – a positive impact has been made through endeavors like the Griffith Sustainably Sourced (GSS) program and clean-label products. These initiatives are both a validation of Griffith Foods’ past successes and an essential step in our continuing push to blend care and creativity to nourish the world.

Griffith Foods acquires a liquids facility focused on the production of sauces and soups. New manufacturing units are built in Mexico, India, and Northern China. Additional culinary centers are constructed within targeted facilities throughout the world. In 2019, the company launches TEROVA™, a supplier of sustainably sourced and superior spices, herbs, botanicals, and innovative ingredients, in order to scale sustainable sourcing efforts.

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A New Era

Today, the world is Griffith Foods’ market. Its central pursuit builds on its legacy of blending care and creativity to nourish the world. Countless global partners rely on the company for seasonings, spices, coatings, sauces, and more, while its sustainability efforts support local and regional food ecosystems around the world.

Our Values

Born from our purpose, our values are at the heart of everything we do.

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    Make the Future Better

    We are optimistic and courageous while making choices in pursuit of our dreams. Sustainability informs our curiosity, imagination, and innovation. We are passionate about leaving our planet a better place for future generations. We believe the best is yet to come.

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    Work Together Globally

    We recognise our diversity creates a unique strength, and we learn from our colleagues and partners globally. By collaborating, communicating, sharing, and learning, we create better together.

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    Behave like Owners

    We are passionate about creating long-term value. We believe that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and strive to make a difference. We trust each other and treat talent as a valuable resource. We believe in strategic risk-taking and in doing the right thing, especially when it is hard to do.

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    Build Customer Success

    Recognising that our success depends on our customers’ success, we work to create value and ensure success by understanding, anticipating and prioritising customer needs. We build a mutual commitment to derive sustainable long-term value.

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    Deliver Results

    We take personal responsibility for meeting our commitments. We are focused on achieving objectives aligned to our triple bottom line of people, planet, and performance. We execute with excellence, measure results, and reward success.

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    Act like Family

    We are a caring family company where everyone has the opportunity to grow, follow their own personal “Purpose” and find fulfillment in their work. We support each other and demonstrate mutual respect. We nourish people’s well-being – physical, mental, and financial.

Our Family of Companies

Griffith Foods is a global product development partner specialising in food ingredients from seasoning and sauces to breadings, coatings, flavours, bakery products, and more.

Custom Culinary® specialises in providing foodservice and food processing professionals with real, authentic branded and proprietary culinary flavour systems.

TEROVA serves modern society with premium, sustainable ingredients, and products grown with a farmer first approach and full traceability.

Nourish Ventures is a strategic partner to new ventures, accelerating their ability to scale and grow, focused on creating the food system of the future – delicious, nutritious, sustainable.

Joint Ventures

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Join Our Family

With 750 employees across Europe, representing 43 countries, our workforce needs to reflect the diversity of the communities where we (globally) operate. With a career at Griffith Foods, your diverse viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds can connect to something greater. That also means feeling welcome, valued, and heard.

 

At Griffith Foods you can bring your purpose to life, you can create new opportunities for you to grow, develop, and make an impact on the sustainable future of our business and the world around us. 

 

Discover how your work can nourish the world and help you succeed in your career while working together.

Our Leadership

We believe in inspiring leadership. Connected by a shared purpose, our leaders are committed to the well-being of every Griffith Foods employee and ready to share their knowledge and experience. They are maintaining responsible stewardship of the People, Planet, and Performance.

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    Brian Griffith

    Executive Chairman
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    TC Chatterjee

    Chief Executive Officer
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    Wim van Roekel

    President, Europe & Africa
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    Tarik Abida

    Vice President Finance Europe & Africa
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    Johan Boot

    Vice President of Research & Development Europe & Africa
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    Joanne Smith

    Human Resources Director Europe & Africa
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    Arnaud Le Guen

    Vice President Purchasing & Quality Europe & Africa
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    Giuseppe Onorato

    Vice President Supply Chain & Manufacturing Europe & Africa
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    Nathan Sellen

    IT Director Europe & Africa
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    Rochelle Schaetzl

    Head of Marketing Europe & Africa
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    Helen Smith

    Head of Sales Europe & Africa
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    Thomas Verrooten

    General Manager North & East Europe
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    Jarnail Sani

    General Manager UK & Ireland
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    Fernando Gomez

    General Manager South Europe
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    Sergi Estragues

    General manager Africa & Custom Culinary®
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Brian Griffith

Executive Chairman

Brian is the fourth-generation family member to lead Griffith Foods. He has worked in the food industry for almost three decades, with more than 20 years of service at Griffith. Throughout his tenure with the company, Brian has held diverse leadership positions within Griffith and Custom Culinary, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, including management roles in Europe, Asia, and North America. From 2005 until 2014, he led our teams in the dynamic Asia Pacific markets, served as Vice Chairman and Group President for Central and South America, Asia Pacific, and India Middle East for Griffith. In 2015, Brian began leading Griffith Foods as Executive Chairman.

Over the past four years, he has spearheaded a team to establish form and structure in Griffith’s sustainability platform of People, Planet and Performance, and apply it across all business units worldwide. In the coming years, he will continue guiding the organization to develop new shared value opportunities and promote a Purpose-driven strategy that supports the community and preserves the planet while fostering continued successful performance.

Brian earned a B.A. in International Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

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TC Chatterjee

Chief Executive Officer

TC Chatterjee was named Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Before becoming CEO, TC held positions as Chief Operating Officer, as well as Group President across some of Griffith’s fastest-growing regions, including Central and South America, Asia Pacific, and India – Middle East, as well as Custom Culinary, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Griffith Foods™.

“Griffith’s global footprint and our ability to add value to our customers and their customers through our expertise and experience in food science, culinary arts, sensory and consumer insight help us offer a range of capabilities to enable our customers’ growth and innovation. We are proud of our ability to provide these locally as well as globally.”

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Wim van Roekel

President, Europe & Africa

Wim van Roekel joined Griffith Foods in 2017 after spending 21 years with global food ingredients companies across the globe. Wim leads the European business, supported by 650 employees in 6 locations throughout Europe.

“Agility and continuous differentiation are critically important for complex business in Europe. By living our purpose, we enjoy the daily challenge of supporting our customers in the exciting European marketplace. Our team provides creative culinary solutions through close collaborations with partners and customers in our value chain, adding value to their businesses. I’m both proud and passionate about the role Griffith Foods plays in that arena.”

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Tarik Abida

Vice President Finance Europe & Africa

Tarik Abida is the Vice President of Finance for Griffith Foods Europe & Africa, where he leads the controlling, financial shared service, FP&A, risk, treasury, and M&A departments. Tarik joined the company in 2019 following a 17-year finance career in global food and retail companies, where he built a strong background in finance transformation and team leadership.

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Johan Boot

Vice President of Research & Development Europe & Africa

Johan Boot is the Vice President of Research and Development for Griffith Foods Europe & Africa. Johan has a broad knowledge of innovation process management and strategy definition covering a wide range of food and ingredient products for both the B2C and B2C food industry. He has 20+ years of experience in R&D at Unilever, after which he helped setting up a successful private equity-funded startup in the US. Developing plant-based products for both retail and foodservice. Johan is co-chairing the company’s Global Innovation Council.

Johan holds a PhD degree in biomedical sciences/biochemistry from the University of Amsterdam.

 

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Joanne Smith

Human Resources Director Europe & Africa

Experienced International Human Resources Leader with significant expertise in all areas of HR.  Focused on driving People initiatives and execution to deliver Business Strategy.  Achieving organisational excellence through Talent Management & People strategies striving towards becoming an employer of choice.  Strong advocate on bringing the People agenda to Senior Leadership teams enabling execution of strategy in the key areas of Talent , Development , Organisation & Culture.

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Arnaud Le Guen

Vice President Purchasing & Quality Europe & Africa

Arnaud Le Guen is Vice President of Purchasing & Quality for Griffith Foods Europe & Africa. He is also responsible for the Griffith Foods Europe Sustainability platform.

In his 7 years at Griffith and his 20+ year career in the food industry, Arnaud has been fully focused on purchasing and quality; developing supply chain tools and building high performing teams in multicultural environment.

He is passionate about and convinced that Sustainability is the main driving force to unlock innovation and address social and environmental issues complementing the Griffith Foods ethos to provide ‘delicious, nutritious and sustainable’ food.

Arnaud is dedicated to creating positive changes within the food industry and believes this is possible through multiple collaborations and relationships with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality and a circular economy, both of which drive performance and assure quality products for all our Griffith customers.

 

Having lived and worked in the USA for several years, he holds an MBA from Texas A&M International University USA

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Giuseppe Onorato

Vice President Supply Chain & Manufacturing Europe & Africa

Giuseppe Onorato is the Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing for Griffith Foods Europe & Africa. Giuseppe describes himself as a facilitator, creating a pleasant work environment and developing talents by means of mentoring and empowering, while challenging the status quo and breaking down silos. He brings more than 11 years of experience from global tobacco, beverage, and engineering companies to the role.

Giuseppe holds a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering and is a chartered engineer. He has completed executive education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), postgraduate studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), education in applied computational fluid dynamics at The University of Glasgow.

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Nathan Sellen

IT Director Europe & Africa

Nathan Sellen is the IT Director for Griffith Foods Europe & Africa. He held a variety of senior leadership roles in IT before joining Griffith Foods. Nathan previously worked in the food manufacture, agriculture and bio-technology sectors for 18 years, as well as the automotive sector for 7 years prior to that.

Having lived and worked in Germany, Finland, Singapore, China, Brazil, and the US, Nathan has a passion for world languages and meeting people of different cultures. He is active in the Transition Movement, is passionate about sustainability, and holds a permaculture design certificate. Nathan also holds a Batchelors degree (with Honours) in Economics and a Masters degree (with Distinction) in Computing.

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Rochelle Schaetzl

Head of Marketing Europe & Africa

Rochelle Schaetzl is the Head of Marketing for Griffith Foods Europe & Africa, a position that allows her to inspire people and think differently about her passions for food, travel, and foodservice. Born and raised in Southern Africa, she is a world traveller with a unique understanding of diverse cultures and cuisines. Prior to Griffith Foods, Rochelle was the Assistant Vice President of Business Capability Development for Nestle Professional, as well as Owner and Founder of We-Me Collaborations in addition to positions at Nando’s and Firmenich. She was also the Director of the South African Chef’s Association, honorary member of the Indian Federation of Culinary Associations, and Program Director of Worldchefs Academy.

Rochelle holds degrees in food science and marketing from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, as well as business leadership qualifications from IMD, Switzerland and a professional culinary chef certification.

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Helen Smith

Head of Sales Europe & Africa

Helen Smith is Head of Sales for Griffith Foods Europe & Africa. She is a skilled and successful commercial leader with more than 25 years of experience at Griffith Foods developing thriving partner relationships within food development, including QSR, foodservice, snacks, B2B, and retail. Helen previously held roles at the company including Category Manager, Technical Sales Account Manager, and Senior Food Technologist.

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Thomas Verrooten

General Manager North & East Europe

Thomas Verrooten is the General Manager of Griffith Foods North and East Europe. He is an experienced director in international sales and general management, previously spending 12 years at Barry Callebaut. Thomas is skilled in food, chocolate, sales, team management, marketing, and key account management and is a board member for Friedewald Confectionary. He attended the University of Ghent and speaks Dutch, English, French, and German.

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Jarnail Sani

General Manager UK & Ireland

Jarnail Sani is the General Manager of Griffith Foods UK & Ireland. Previously, he spent eight years in operations at Adamsfoods. Jarnail is a qualified, enthusiastic, and highly self-motivated General Manager with a proven track record for people management, innovation, continuous improvement, and achieving sustainable change successfully, founded on his comprehensive experience within a fast-moving consumer goods environment. He has achieved a keen business focus through goal-oriented management control that’s gleaned from a strong manufacturing, financial, quality, and commercial understanding, as well as persistence and determination to fulfill challenging objectives.

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Fernando Gomez

General Manager South Europe

Fernando Gomez is the General Manager for Griffith Foods South Europe. He is an experienced senior executive with considerable international background gained from working in Mexico, the United States, South America, and Europe. Previously, Fernando spent a total of 13 years in finance at Kraft Foods Mexico, holding a variety of roles from planning and analysis to controller. Having significant international experience, Fernando is extremely conscious of cultural differences and strives to be culturally sensitive wherever possible. He holds a degree from Universidad Iberoamericana – Ciudad de Mexico, a diploma in financial administration from Tecnologico de Monterrey, a global MBA from Thunderbird University, and a certificate in the senior executive program at the London Business School.

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Sergi Estragues

General manager Africa & Custom Culinary®

Sergi Estragues leads the “Other Foodservice” segment in Griffith Foods Europe under the Custom Culinary® business model and is also responsible for the expansion of Griffith Foods throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He has previously held different levels of responsibility in the Griffith Foods commercial and management structures of Spain and Italy. Sergi’s career in the food industry began during his six years at the flavour company Lucta, SA., where he had responsibilities as Product and Area Manager. Prior to that, he worked for the filter paper industry with Ahlstrom group, responsible for new market expansion.

Sergi is also a lawyer by the University of Barcelona. He frequently lectures in various Master studies at the University of Barcelona, Institute for Lifelong Learning and University Rovira i Virgili (University of Tarragona).

Partnerships and Ecosystem

Our Partner & Ecosystem strength is critical to our progress, growth and ambitions to Nourish the World. Through trusted collaborations we are joining forces with others whose expertise, knowledge, and experience strengthen our offer and manage new capabilities and capacities.
Foodvalley is the primary knowledge-intensive agrifood ecosystem in the Netherlands. This ecosystem is characterized by many world class innovative agrifood and food-related solutions and by the cooperation between companies, knowledge institutions, education and governments.
The WBCSD acts as the global go-to voice on sustainable development in business. Their mission is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world and to help make more sustainable businesses more successful.
Growing a sustainable, healthy and resilient agricultural sector whilst creating strong and secure supply chains. (The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform)
The Green Protein Alliance supports a healthy and sustainable balance in protein consumption. It’s a unique alliance between 25 retailers, the catering industry, food producers and 10 knowledge partners in the Netherlands, supported by the Dutch Government.
An European partnership of more than 10 years in meat processing and coatings solutions.
A global collaboration to optimise the use of their green banana powder ingredient while reducing food and land waste.

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