Tuesday, November 06, 2007

British Aisles

A nice headline for an article in G2 today.
The article is about British food being exported to other places. Useful for "My Place" and the Cultural aspects of the UK. It looks at products such as tea, beer, breakfast cereal (including my favourite Dorset cereals), and chocolate.
For example, we export Indian food to India...
One particular success story here is the firm Patak's.They also have a very useful website which would be a useful stop off for those studying India.
It has a section looking at the INTERNATIONAL nature of the company: it now exports to over 40 countries around the world.
There is a website aimed at KS2 called JOURNEY THROUGH INDIA.
This might also be appropriate for KS3 students.

Patak's products include Indian cooking sauces, curry pastes, chutney, pickles, ready meals, snacks and breads. It uses distributors to sell in more than 40 countries worldwide, from Australia to Canada. As well as selling through major retailers, it also manufactures own-brand products for supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Morrisons. Patak's employs some 650 staff, just over half at its factory near Wigan.

The company was started in 1957 by Kirit Pathak's father Laxmishanker shortly after arriving in England from Kenya with just five pounds in his pocket - he dropped the "h" from the company name to make it easier to pronounce. Spotting the need for Indian food in London, he started producing samosas in a tiny kitchen in north London. Kirit began making deliveries aged just six and joined the business full-time when he was 17.

Could be a good industry start-up case study too...

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