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About Us

Direct Food Ingredients is one of the UK’s largest distributors of functional ingredients, additives, and chemicals.

Privately owned, it was established in 1994 by Steve Loake with a vision to become the supplier of choice for competitively priced, quality-assured materials, providing exemplary customer service.

Fast forward 30 years and that’s exactly what it’s doing. With a recognised dedication to quality and unwavering commitment to service, Direct Food Ingredients is now celebrating an annual turnover of more than £20m.

Why choose Direct Food Ingredients?

Our 175,000 square-foot warehouse, located in England, has the capacity to store up to 10,000 pallets at any one time. And we can offer next-day delivery on over 250 quality-approved stock items, with no MOQ.

Our dedicated purchasing team have traded with suppliers across the globe for over 30 years. This ensures we receive best-in-market pricing on raw materials. It also means we have trusted relationships that enable us to source and secure materials specific to your requirements whenever you need us to.


Over 250+ materials available next day



Quality and traceability first



Our accreditations are incredibly important to us


Raving Fan Service

Customers are at the heart of what we do


Raving Fan Service

We are big believers in ensuring that our customers receive the very best service possible. They are at the heart of everything we do.

Our ethos is to create a customer experience that is unforgettable, by going the extra mile when the customer least expects it, by finding solutions and adding value to every transaction.

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Christmas Delivery Dates

Our offices will close Friday 22nd December 2023 and will re-open Tuesday 2nd January 2024

The last date for deliveries will be Thursday 21st December 2023 with deliveries re-commencing Wednesday 3rd January 2024

Please place orders for pre-Christmas delivery no later than Thursday 14th December 2023