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International supplier Unicorn Ingredients has made five new appointments at its UK headquarters and in its China office, as its global expansion continues. The Epsom, Surrey-based company, which supplies a varied range of premium quality seeds and specialist products around the world, has bolstered its logistics, commercial and technical functions.
Jenefer Horan, daughter of Unicorn Ingredients founder Frank Horan, was passionate about protecting the natural world and conservation projects in Africa. In 2017, nineteen-year-old Jenny passed away, having faced many health issues in her short life. Following her loss, Unicorn ran a fundraising competition in her memory to benefit her favourite charity, the UK-based conservation and education charity AfriCat.
India is integral to Unicorn Ingredients, and a market we have operated in for many years. The country is a major source of agricultural ingredients, so it is important that we have a strong presence. The company engaged a representative in India in 2014 and opened office premises in February 2016 and established Unicorn Ingredients Pvt. Ltd, a year later in February 2017. This is a registered company in India set up to look after business operations in the region and is run by Country Manager, Mr Hemant Gupte.
Unicorn Ingredients has always put great customer service at the front and centre of its business, from its launch in 2008 to this day, as it celebrates another year of profitable growth. Customers, typically manufacturers of bakery, cereal, salad and healthier snack products, are treated with simple, old-fashioned courtesy and accounts are handled with a personal touch.
Nigella (also known as Nigella sativa, black caraway, black cumin and kalonji) is an annual flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to south and southwest Asia. Nigella grows to 20–30cm tall, with finely divided, linear leaves. The flowers are delicate, and usually coloured pale blue and white, with five to ten petals. The fruit is a large and inflated capsule composed of three to seven united follicles, each containing numerous black seeds which are used as spice.
Unicorn Ingredients’ customers can rest assured that they are buying the highest standard seeds, it’s official. Unicorn has held the prestigious BRC accreditation for Agents & Brokers since 2015, shortly after the standard was first launched. And in March 2019 it passed its latest annual BRC audit with AA grade — the highest grade this category of business can achieve.
Sesame seeds: In India the Sesame seed crop estimation for 2018 is 178,000 tonnes, cultivated from an area of sowing of 1,324, 256 Hectors with a yield/hector of 134kg. This is a reduction in yield of 44.8% compared to the 2017 crop. Pumpkin seeds: In the 2018 Autumn Crop survey focuses on farms in the Xinjiang and Heilongjiang Provinces who Unicorn Ingredients work.
Unicorn Ingredients will be talking to customers about trends in seeds and grains at trade show IFE in London in March. Seeds specialist Unicorn Ingredients will be on stand N1840 at the international food and drink event, talking to visitors about latest trends in seeds and grains. 17-20 March 2019.
Unicorn Ingredients is navigating its way through a change to the EU inspection regime on organic products, which have hit its shipments of seeds from China. Unicorn is preparing to advise customers of several percentage point price increases on organic seeds, as a new EU inspection regime causes chaos at the ports.
China is one of the world’s largest sources of edible seeds and plays an important role in the seeds and pulses industry. The country is the world’s leading source of Pumpkin and has developed into an exporting powerhouse for this product, along with various Organic seeds.
It is full steam ahead for Unicorn Ingredients’ satellite office in central Gujarat, India, which is planning to start importing seeds to India as well as exporting from the sub-continent.
Unicorn Ingredients manages the complicated logistical demands of its business by keeping focused on three key supply chain priorities. As a business that operates in 34 countries globally and sources a complex range of seasonal products, Unicorn Ingredients must maintain a highly-sophisticated supply chain. And it is a supply chain that must be robust enough to be tested by harvest failures and natural disasters such as the recent devastating volcano in Guatemala.
Unicorn Ingredients’ base in China allows it to build close relationships with suppliers of key products and embrace local opportunities and expertise. As the Chinese market started to take off in 2011, Unicorn Ingredients registered its first overseas office in the country, as part of its global expansion objective. A Chinese office provides a vital communications conduit for UK-based Unicorn, in dealing with its many Chinese suppliers and Chinese customers.
Since the inception of Unicorn Ingredients, the company has looked to work with and develop opportunities and avenues for sustainable business ventures in Africa, one of the largest sesame seed producers in the world, supplying approximately seventy per cent of the world’s natural sesame seeds. This coupled with the increase in seed demand due to various factors, including globalisation, means Africa is becoming a very important region for Unicorn Ingredients.
Sesame seeds, or Sesamum indicum, grow in tropical regions and are native to Africa and India. Cultivated for its edible seeds, which grow in pods, the annual global harvest for sesame seeds is over 6.2 million metric tonnes, with Ethiopia, Sudan and India as the largest producers.
With both BRC and Soil Association accreditation under its belt, Unicorn is constantly striving for total integrity in its sophisticated supply chain. Unicorn Ingredients can offer its customers a gold standard suite of assurances, as it boasts BRC for Agents & Brokers accreditation as well as Soil Association organic certification.
Back in 2016 Unicorn Ingredients decided to open a new office in Germany, staffed by experienced local professionals, to serve its developing customer base [...]
Unicorn has had a relationship with South America since the company was formed 12 years ago. Due to the global health craze phenomenon, seeds from the region have been increasingly in demand. The region has the perfect climate for seed production and can boast the production of high quality products. It is therefore a natural source of premium products that Unicorn sell - the region produces some of the highest quality chia, quinoa and sesame.
Jenny bravely faced many health issues in her short life but never allowed them to restrict how she lived. She loved and cared for our fragile natural world and wanted to make a difference. Now Jenny is no longer with us, I ask you to help make a difference in her absence.
We were proud to attend the event, which recognises local companies which have achieved high levels of sustained growth over a three year period.