emita is pleased to announce Davis Produce as August's Member of the Month. You can find out more about this local company below from their Managing Director, Peter Davis, including the company’s overseas challenges, international achievements and plans for the future.
1. Please provide a company background including when it was established, where it is located, how many staff you employ etc.
Davis Worldwide was established by Peter Davies in 1999 after seeing a need for bringing growers together to market and develop the fresh produce industry to supermarkets, caterers and wholesale outlets. Since 1999 we have now opened operations in
We employ in total 15 members of staff in the sales, however we have a great deal of 3rd party employment in the picking/packing/preparation of the products and we estimate that our 3rd party operators have approx 100 people working for us in the different sectors.
We are located in Louth Lincolnshire, in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds, however we do have an accounts office based in
2. Please provide an overview of the products and services offered and areas of specialisation.
We specialise in produce from
3. How did you find out about emita and what benefits do you find the most valuable?
In any market, especially true of the fresh produce industry, it is so important to stay ahead of the game, and make sure that as a company and as a director we do not fall behind the competition. this is why we find Emita so important, it keeps us abreast of the markets, opens up new challenges to us and allows us to network with other decision makers and hopefully drive the company forwards.
I appreciate the time that we have afterwards to network and meet with people that in our normal daily routine we would not meet with. A great opportunity to discuss problems together and often find the answer we were looking for!
4. How long has your company been active in the export / import market and which countries do you currently trade with?
We started exporting in 2001, and our first year showed £ 263,000 worth of export to
5. What made you decide to expand your business overseas?
We realised that the market was ever expanding, and as such we needed a presence in the countries with which we were trading.
Our own operation out there allows us to:
6. What has been your biggest exporting / importing challenge?
Our biggest challenge was delivering the product quickly and efficiently, we have orders at the moment to export produce to Saudi Arabia, the product has to arrive in optimum conditions, so we find ourselves for example cutting cauliflowers at before the sun gets too hot, pre cooling them by , getting them on a lorry to Heathrow for a for a flight out at 6.30pm!!! You can imagine the stress that this can put us under!!
7. What’s the most helpful piece of international trade advice you have received?
For us, there is not one particular thing that stands out, however I feel that when it comes to international trade it is so important to know your country, your market and your client. Understand your client’s problems, check and double check his credit rating. Start trading slowly and build the business up over a period of time.
8. What does the future hold? Any particular markets you are looking to target next?
I am about to fly out to