Taste Flavourings

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Taste Flavourings's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Taste Flavourings is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles


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Aalbert Remijn, managing
The flavour industry is a relatively unknown supplier to the
global food and beverage industry. Aalbert Remijn, Taste
Flavourings’ managing director, describes it as one that
has been difficult to enter, but ultimately rewarding. In 2012,
he founded the company; their initial years were tough, but in
the last 18 months they have doubled their staff, and turnover
has nearly doubled each year since 2015. Their flavourings,
both natural and non-natural, are powerful and of high quality,
often only used at a fraction of a percentage, and are utilised
in a variety of products worldwide, from confectionery and ice
cream to sports nutrition, baked goods and savouryproducts.
At Taste, we are passionate about flavour. Located in Cambridge’s Science Park
area, we research and develop flavourings for a broad range of food applications in
our laboratories and kitchens. We manufacture our flavourings in a purpose-built
factory and serve customers across the globe.
The best way to illustrate flavourings is to use an example: a strawberry tastes
like a strawberry thanks to its chemistry. As the fruit ripens, its chemical make-
up changes, and therefore so does its taste. Our industry has been able to
mimic this chemistry and, in doing so, create different flavour profiles in a
simplified, consistent and cost-effective way. The possibilities are infinite. From
mainstream flavourings such as strawberry, chocolate, vanilla and butter to
more unusual profiles such as sundried tomato, roast beef, condensed milk and
gooseberry, we can produce a broad variety of flavours to best serve the food and
»Managing director:
»Established in 2012
»Based in Cambridge
»Services: Flavour development
and manufacture
»No. of employees: 15
»Turnover has nearly doubled
each year since 2015
Taste Flavourings
The value of experience
Prior to establishing Taste Flavourings,
I had worked elsewhere in the
industry. From my previous experience
and network, I managed to convince
a group of highly experienced
individuals to join me at an early
stage. Even though this was only
a few years ago, I believe this is an
excellent standpoint from which we
can train, mentor and develop the
next generation of industry experts at
the company.
It is so important that the people who
work with us care: from that point
forward, everything else just falls
into place. We are a small, tight-knit
unit of 15 people, and we have no
unnecessary management layers who
confuse or saturate the process. Our
team is comprised of people who think
for themselves, work hard and remain
self-motivated; but above all else, we
all work collaboratively. There are a lot
of people involved in every stage of
our complex process, but as a result of
the environment and way in which we
work, we remain flexible and precise;
there is no unnecessary noise in the
machine. This set-up allows us to
have a dynamic, proactive approach,
which enables us to build and maintain
trusted and lasting relationships with
our customers.
Thanks to recent success, we have
been able to continue investing in the
company. To manage growth and
control the business, we invested in an
all-encompassing IT system and have
recently refurbished and upgraded our
factory; this has enabled us to increase
capacity while continuing to offer
products of the highest quality.
Cultivating our presence
Our market is mature, and, as such,
we have plenty of competition. It is
not just enough to sell a product of
the highest quality – there is always
a larger company somewhere with
a greater base of clients. We have
grown on our contacts through our
own networks. While in the future we
aspire to establish a dedicated sales
team and larger marketing campaigns,
we presently have one smaller-scale
office in South Africa which handles
British exports. Its existence, however,
is very much testament to our strong
relationships in the industry.
The majority of the countries we
export to are outside of the EU,
Our flavourings are used
all around the world
At Taste, we
are passionate
about flavour
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including South Africa, India, China,
Turkey, Malaysia and the Middle East.
With the ongoing consolidation of
the industry, a significant proportion
of flavourings used in the UK are
manufactured by multinational
companies on the European mainland.
This has also resulted in the diminished
presence of other smaller, independent
manufacturers operating in the UK,
bringing good opportunities for us to
do business with UK companies that
want to have a personal service and
buy locally.
Industry and legislative
As we are starting to focus more on
dealing with clients in the EU, we do
recognise Brexit is a potential threat.
Tariffs on our products will make
us less competitive, but this is not
insurmountable. Our greatest worry
is the transit of goods across borders
becoming unnecessarily cumbersome;
a lorry being stuck in Dover for a week
will halt important processes for us as
well as our customers.
The EU’s regulations regarding our
industry are extensive. They are
generally accepted in most countries
across the world, and, as such, we will
continue operating by them.
Keep moving forward
Our journey over the past six years has
been an eventful and intriguing one.
While we are starting to see Taste
Flavourings grow steadily upwards,
we want to concentrate on enjoying
what we do. We offer products of
the highest quality with great service
along every step of the way – there’s
no reason why our client base should
not further expand. In ten years’ time,
this business could be anywhere – we
just want to keep investing in the
company and pushing as hard as we
can to enjoy and achieve in all that
We offer
products of
the highest
quality with
great service
along every
step of the


This article was sponsored by Taste Flavourings. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

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I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister