The Essex Garden Foods journey began four years ago when Polish national Marcin Bartkowiak, a proud Essex resident of over ten years, decided to pursue his passion and become an entrepreneur.
Marcin, a landscape architect by trade, decided to turn the sauce recipes he had made for years for family and friends, into a business.
The sauce samples he sent for laboratory testing were approved and he set about creating his business in Chelmsford, his home town in the heart of Essex.
Marcin appreciated that many Essex people have a passion for gardening and growing their own food. He felt it important that his business and brand development incorporated the cultural aspects of his adopted county and at the end of 2017, Essex Garden Foods Limited was launched.
The strong historical and rural character of the county gave him the inspiration to create his range of artisan condiment sauces. Marcin believes his product brand name, 'Proper Classic' encapsulates the essence of Essex.
Essex Garden Foods is a member of ‘A Taste of Anglia’, the organisation that supports and promotes the food and drink industry across the country. The company also has been supported by the Essex Innovation Programme and Nwes, not-for-profit enterprise agency, that provide total business support and help businesses get off the ground.