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March – 2018

Cumbria Crack – 14th March 2018

More Investment Planned At Kendal Business Following Trade Misson

‘More investment is planned at a Kendal firm following a successful trade mission to China with Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this year.’


February – 2018

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce – 15th February 2018

Exports: The formula for selling to China

‘Ross McMahon is doing his bit to reduce the UK’s £25.4bn trade deficit with China.’

Westmorland Gazette – 8th February 2018

Kendal Business Wins £85 Million Chinese Contract Extension

‘A SOUTH Lakeland pharmaceutical research company has secured a £85million export contract extension with a Chinese firm.’

The Sun – 1st February 2018

Theresa May lavishes praise on China’s President vowing Britain will stay a ‘player’ in world affairs after Brexit

‘Cumbria-based phamaceutical firm Kendal Nutricare signed up for an £85million export contract extention for their baby formula’

Daily Mail – 1st February 2018

PM says she is ‘honoured’ to be known as ‘Auntie May’ in China after warm welcome for her and ‘very handsome’ husband Philip on visit

‘There was also something of a frenzy about a photograph of the UK business delegation, where one member appeared to be holding baby formula.’

Cambridge Independent – 1st February 2018

Theresa May Welcomes £200Million Cambridge Science Park

‘The Prime Minister was accompanied by Philip May and the Secretary of State for International Trade, who headed up a multi-sector business delegation of 50 members’

CNBC – 1st February 2018

British Business Travelling With Theresa May Fight For Less Chinese Regulation and Greater Market Share

‘Ross McMahon, chief executive officer of Kendal Nutricare, maker of powdered baby milk, told CNBC that China is its “number one” market due to the many babies being born there each year.’

Cumbria Crack – 1st February 2018

Cumbrian Infant Milk Company Land £85m Contract Exporting To China

‘Trade between the UK and China is already at record levels and UK exports to China have grown by over 60% since 2010.’


January – 2018

Daily Mail – 31st January 2018

Welcome To China Aunty May! Chinese Social Media Users Go Crazy…

‘Last week they signed a blockbuster five-year contract worth £85million with a Shanghai company. They expect to create 25 extra jobs through the deal. Social media users erupted over the formula.’

Verdict – 30th January 2018

Theresa May’s on her way to chine to talk trade – here are all the business bosses going with her

‘Here is the list of all the business people and organisations travelling with Theresa May’

Sky News – 26th January 2018

Downing Street Races To Clinch Deals Ahead Of May’s China Visit

‘More than 40 companies, universities and trade associations will travel with the PM’

Food Manufacture – 19th January 2018

Double Award Win To Boost Business For Manufacture

‘Kendal Nutricare’s double award win at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards will raise the manufacturer’s profile with customers and suppliers, says the firm’s CEO Ross McMahon.’

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce – 18th January 2018

What the Growth Hub did for us

‘In 2016, the business signed a £6m deal to sell to China.’


December – 2017

The Mail – 17th December 2017

Search for best directors in North West begins

‘The prestigious annual awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of businesses, ranging from start-ups and family enterprises, to organisations in the public and third sectors.’

Food Manufacture – 13th December 2017

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards winners photogallery

‘See our photos in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards Winners Gallery’


November – 2017

Business Cloud – 15th November 2017

Stars Shine At Great British Entrepreneur Awards

‘Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year – Ross McMahon, Kendal Nutricare’

NFU Online – 8th November 2017

Lakes farms supply infant milk powder maker

‘Kendal Nutricare uses mostly local ingredients fresh full cream milk from 220 local Lake District farms, but it is targeting global markets’

About Manchester – 7th November 2017

Minister for Trade and Export Promotion visits the North West

‘The DIT North West Export Champions includes representatives from: Manchester Metropolitan University, Kendal Nutricare, Playdale Playgrounds, Flexcrete Technology, J2 Aircraft, Clarke Energy and Yumsh Snacks Ltd’

Food Manufacture – 3rd November 2017

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2017 – Meet The Winners

‘Kendal Nutricare, WINNER’


October – 2017

Cumbria Business & Growth Hub – 6th October 2017

Kendal Nutricare has become a major exporter to China.

‘Ross McMahon founded the business when he bought the Heinz baby food factory in Kendal in 2015, saving the jobs of 88 staff there.’


September – 2017

Cumbria Crack – 5th September 2017

ASDA & Morrisons help tell compelling Kendamil Story

‘Parents across the country can now discover a product with a premium formulation, but no higher a price tag than other formulas.’


August – 2017

Super North – 30th August 2017

Export and the rise of the North

‘Ross McMahon, pulled off a major coup by becoming the first and only UK company to gain CNCA accreditation for infant milk formulas.’


July – 2017

Celebrity Angels – 31st July 2017

When To Use Formula Milk

‘If you believe ‘British is Best’, the only British-made choice is Kendamil.’

FMCG Magazine – 19th July 2017

Food Chain Magazine – 13th July 2017

Delicious and Nutritious

‘Ross and his team’s passion for what they do shows no signs of wilting,’


June – 2017

The Grocery Trader – 30th June 2017

Kendalife Smoothie for a Healthier Lifestyle

‘When mixed with water, each serving contains the equivalent of at least 45g of real fruit and 24 vitamins and minerals, delivering 15g of protein for only 215 calories.’

The Mail – 1st June 2017

NW Award to celebrate Cumbria’s forward thinking firms

‘Last year’s innovation award went to Kendal Nutricare, which judges described as having a “clear vision” in creating the Kendalmil infant milk formula.’


May – 2017

The Westmorland Gazette – 23rd May 2017

Kendal Business Scoops Top Prize

‘Kendal Nutricare, which has been up and running for less than two years, won the title at the Federation of Small Businesses and Worldpay UK Business Awards 2017.’

Tim Farron – 17th May 2017

Farron Congradulates Local Businesses On Prestigious National Awards

‘Kendal Nutricare was crowned the UK’s Best Small Business at the award ceremony.

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce – 17th May 2017

Cumbrian firm wins UK ‘Business of the Year’

The double accolade marks the latest milestone in a runaway success story.

In Cumbria Magazine – 15th May 2017

Cumbrian Business is the ‘Best In The UK’

‘A Cumbrian company has been judged the best in the UK, fewer than two years after it was set up.’

This Is Money – 13th May 2017

Federation of Small Businesses urges small firms ‘must be put at the heart of EU trade talks’

‘On Wednesday, Kendal Nutricare, based in Kendal, Cumbria, was named business of the year at the FSB & Worldpay UK Business Awards’

Cumbria Crack – 11th May 2017

Kendal Nutricare Named ‘UK Business Of The Year’ 2017

‘Kendal Nutricare also won the ‘Exporter of the Year’ award, at the London-based awards ceremony’


April – 2017

Irish Independent – 30th April 2017

Irishman turns £1 deal into £7.5m UK firm

‘Business is booming at Kendal Nutricare’

Insider Media – 12th April 2017

Made In The North West shortlists revealed

‘Here is the shortlist for each award.’


February – 2017

Cumbria Crack – 23rd February 2017

Top Cumbria Business leaders shortlisted for IoD’s Director of they year award

‘Ross McMahon of Kendal Nutricare has been shortlisted in both the director of the year (medium company) and start up director of the year categories.’

The Westmorland Gazette – 13th February 2017

Kendal Business recognised for trade work

‘The award recognises Kendamil’s success in breaking into the China market, where it is now stocked by 6000 mother and baby stores.’

Irish Independent – 5th February 2017

Nutricare hits on formula for success in $2.4bn Chinese Market

‘An Irish businessman who is targeting China’s $2.4bn baby milk formula business has expanded into 6,000 retail outlets there this week.’

Food Manufacture – 2nd February 2017

Boss on a mission to win over staff

‘Ross McMahon, owner and chief executive of Kendal Nutricare, explained how he wanted to build on the fact that his company manufactures in the UK.


January – 2017

Food Manufacture – 19th January 2017

Infant Formula boss Plans For Growth

‘After years of research into the infant formula market, I realised that the main brands had all removed the cream of the milk from their products, substituting it with vegetable oil.’

Dairy Reporter – 4th January 2017

New and upcoming products in the dairy aisles

‘The only infant formula to be manufactured in the UK will have no palm oil within it’s low-level vegetable oil blend, as of its next production run.’

Food Manufacture – 4th January 2017

Infant formula maker targets ‘world class’ manufacturing

‘An infant formula producer has claimed to push towards ‘world class’ manufacturing standards’

Financial Times – 3rd January 2017

Chinese Taster For Baby Milk Nurtures Cumbrian Town

‘China now accounts for about a third of the business.’


December – 2016

Retail Times – 31st December 2016

Infant Formula Brand Kendamil Promises New Lines For 2017

‘Kendamil’, the infant formula brand that has already caused a stir in 2016′


November – 2016

In Cumbria Magazine – 21st November 2016

Kendal Nutricare Develops Advances Nutrition Drink

‘The business, which has gone from strength to strength since taking over Kendal’s Heinz baby food factory in 2015, gave out samples of its latest product.’


October – 2016

News And Star – 21st October 2016

Winners of CN Group Business Awards 2016 revealed

“Cumbria has such a lot to shout about and be proud of when it comes to its business community.”

The Mail – 20th October 2016

Revealed: The CN Group Business Awards winners

Kendal Nutricare, operator of the former Heinz baby food factory in Kendal, which took the ‘innovation’ prize for its infant formula Kendamil.’

Real Business Magazine – 3rd October 2016

Inspirational British companies feature in Amazon Growing Business Awards shortlist

“If customers can see that we are winning awards for what we do then we must be doing something right,


September – 2016

News & Star – 9th September 2016

Finalists revealed for CN Group Business Awards 2016

‘The finalists for the 2016 CN Group Business Awards have been chosen.’

Food Chain Magazine – 7th September 2016

Supporting Healthy Growth

‘Our infant formula brand Kendamil has two unique selling points.


August – 2016

The Westmorland Gazette – 29th August 2016

Employment Boost For Kendal

‘A SOUTH Lakeland business has won a £6million contract to supply its infant formula milk to China and boost employment.’

In Cumbria Magazine – 12th August 2016

Kendal Nutricare Secures NHS Contract

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the NHS Supply Chain.”

The Westmorland Gazette – 6th August 2016

Kendal Business Up For National Award

‘Kendal Nutricare is up for the QBE New Exporter of the Year Award’


July – 2016

The Grocery Trader – 26th July 2016

Kendamil – The Cream of Infant Formulas

Buyers are urged not to miss out on a new British baby formula brand

Retail Times – 6th July 2016

Kendal Nutricare demonstrates its ambition through key sales appointment

A highly experienced FMCG sales specialist has joined innovative, pharma-grade healthcare product manufacturer

Cumbria Crack – 5th July 2016

Kendal Nutricare demonstrates its ambition through key sales appointment

‘Neill Duffy, who comes from Carrickmacross in Ireland, has been appointed Sales Manager’


June – 2016

InCumbria Magazine – 9th June 2016

10Mins With Ross McMahon

“The challenge for us now is to establish the business in the North West.”


May – 2016

Just Food Magazine – 16th May 2016

Kendal Nutricare Aims To Take On Infant Formula Brands

‘McMahon says the relationship with Heinz “has gone from strength to strength” pointing to a new range of weaning foods set to be launched next month, but, broadly, Kendal Nutricare wanted to work with fewer co-packers and develop its own brands.’


April – 2016

ITV News – 27th April 2016

Kendal Company secures £6million trade deal with China

‘60,000 cans of infant formula milk will make their way to China in next few days.’

Huddled News – 5th April 2016

Kendal Nutricare achieves exporting first with UKTI’s support

Ross McMahon, has pulled off a major coup by becoming the first British company to gain CNCA* accreditation.


November – 2015

The Bolton News – 20th November 2015

Kendal company Nutricare pitches sales of infant formula to Chinese

‘Kendal Nutricare – the only British infant formula milk manufacturer registered to make the product for the Chinese market.’

The Northern Echo – 20th November 2015

Kendal company Nutricare pitches sales of infant formula to Chinese

‘A KENDAL infant formula company is joining a group of dairy businesses from across Britain on a potentially lucrative trade mission to China.’

Farming UK – 19th November 2015

British dairy companies promoting produce in China to open export markets

‘As well as being the only British infant formula milk manufacturer registered to manufacture this product for the Chinese market, it’s the only British infant milk factory registered with CNCA, China’s national accreditation board.’


June – 2015

ITV News – 5th June 2015

Kendal Factory Changes Hands

‘Today marked a new era for the Heinz factory in Kendal as it become Kendal Nutricare after 25 years.’


May – 2015

Food Manufacture – 10th May 2015

Outlook positive after Heinz Kendal sale

‘Prospects seem positive for workers at Heinz’s baby food factory in Kendal, which has been sold to Kendal Nutricare’

Westmorland Gazette – 1st May 2015

Kendal’s Heinz Factory Sold

‘One of Kendal’s largest employers says it is confident jobs are secure after it was sold this week.’

Lancashire Telegraph – 1st May 2015

Kendal’s Heinz factory sold

‘Heinz, which employs 92 people, has reached an agreement’