The story of The BART Ingredients Company

Our expertise is the result of over 60 years of experience, hard work, and passion. Let us take you on a journey through our story – our humble Bristol origins, our many successes along the way, and the positive impact we continue to have on the UK herb and spice market.

  • 1963

    Bristol beginnings

    When husband and wife Jo and Reg Bartlam began selling spices from their garage in Bristol, they couldn’t have imagined where the business would go. First called Bart Prints Ltd., word quickly got around about the Bartlam’s high quality spices, and the business’ path was set.

  • 1975

    Forging partnerships

    In 1975, we began selling Bouquet Garnis – the basis of French Provencal cooking – to Waitrose supermarkets under our BART spices brand. This was the start of a relationship that would last for over 45 years, a testament to the way we work with people and forge longstanding, rewarding partnerships to this day.

  • 1983

    Our first factory

    The next chapter in our story was to move into our first purpose built factory in order to increase our capabilities and improve our efficiency. We settled in Bedminster, a unique and creative place in the heart of Bristol that would be our home for the next 37 years.

  • 2005

    The first to Fairtrade

    We have always lived our purpose. That’s why in 2005, we became the first major herbs and spices manufacturer to make Fairtrade spices available to UK consumers. To us, flavour and quality goes hand in hand with the wellbeing of farmers and their communities.

  • 2007

    Growing fast

    With the business going from strength to strength, it was time to expand. We extended our Bedminster factory with the long-term lease of Unit 3. This allowed us to increase our capacity and take our next steps as a business.

  • 2011

    Still operating fairly

    We continued to uphold our responsibilities as a business, and echoed our 2005 achievement but with dried herbs. We became the first major herbs supplier to bring Fairtrade herbs to the UK market, demonstrating to consumers and retailers everywhere that great taste is great for the planet too.

  • 2012

    Hello frank water

    There was plenty of common ground between us and Bristol based charity Frank Water. Increasing water security and sanitation in marginalised communities, Frank Water was the perfect charity partner to help us live our values. In 2012, we began working together.

  • 2012

    Introducing the spoonkler

    Sometimes the simplest changes can transform the cooking experience. In 2012, we patented a new packaging format for our BART branded products that allowed cooks to use a spoon or sprinkle their herbs and spices without having to remove the lid of their jar.

  • 2014

    Our second home

    When it came time to expand into wet ingredients like pastes and sauces, we knew we needed a second site. We found one in Newbury, a community that has welcomed us with open arms, and which we are proud to be part of.

  • 2017

    Finding our family

    In 2017, we became part of Fuchs Gruppe, a privately-owned company based in Germany. With shared values, this charitably held parent company is providing us with access to new efficiencies and supply chain security, and helping us continue our commitment to sustainable flavour.

  • 2020

    Award winning flavour

    In 2020, our BART brand won two Great Taste Awards. One for our intense BART Oak Smoked Garlic Paste, and one for our distinctive BART Roasted Punjab Masala blend. We knew our products tasted delicious, but these awards formally recognised our achievements.

  • 2021

    The big move

    To increase operational efficiency, we moved from Bedminster to our new home in Severn Beach. Our new state of the art facility enabled us to increase our capacity and operate more efficiently, reducing our carbon emissions from stock movement between sites and warehousing, enhancing our overall sustainability.

What’s next?

With a flair for flavour and a drive to always do the right thing for people and the planet, the future is bright. Want to be part of our story? Talk to us about your project today!