Wanis International Foods has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The East London based wholesaler has been recognised for its excellence in International Trade, having seen five years of uninterrupted growth.
The business was also commended for its commitment to equality and diversity and its strong record of charitable and philanthropic work locally, nationally and internationally.
Employing 165 people from around 30 international backgrounds, Wanis was founded in 1964 and served the UK’s first wave of independent African, Asian and Caribbean food stores, helping them to bring ‘the taste of home’ to the UK’s migrant communities for whom food was key to staying connected to their cultures and traditions.
A family owned and run company, Wanis recently passed the £100 million turnover mark, and with clients including all of the major supermarket chains, hundreds of wholesalers and thousands of independent retailers nationwide, the company expects to go from strength to strength.
Commercial director George Phillips said: “On behalf of all of the team here at Wanis, we are absolutely thrilled to receive this award, particularly in the year of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and of course the Commonwealth Games, especially as we have significant trade partnerships with many Commonwealth countries.
“We all worked hard during the pandemic to keep the shelves of UK retailers stocked, so this accolade means a lot to the whole team.”Published Date: April 26, 2022