Devon based food producer Okemoor changes hands
Okemoor Quality Foods, which has won 17 times Great Taste awards, has changed hands after 15 years run by Ray Wilson and Lynda McKenzie.
Food industry veterans Mark Khan and Trevor O’Shea bought the 27-year-old Okehampton, Devon, business on October 31 for “a fair price,” according to Khan.
Khan and O’Shea own The Cornish Patisserie in Launceston, Cornwall, where it manufactures desserts and pies, including cheesecakes, gateaux, roulades, pavlovas and traybakes.
They also own Grumpies of Cornwall, specialising in high quality savoury pies, such as Steak & Cornish Blue, and Blue Cheese, Mushroom & Walnut, using the best available Cornish ingredients for delivery to farm shops and delicatessens among other outlets.
Okemoor delivers between Lands End, Bristol and Dorset. “We were looking to expand and a lot of Ray’s customers were up in places like the Cotswolds, an area which has great potential, and we liked the quality of the product,” Khan said.
“Our plans are to develop the quality range of products further. There is demand, especially in the desserts sector, where you can offer a gluten-free dessert that tastes just as good as a normal dessert so we’ll further that.”
The pair are keen to develop the quality luxury pie range, too. Khan believes hand-raised pies are going to come back into fashion.