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Stephens Fresh Foods are a cooked meat manufacturer. We have been making hams for over 20 years and most of our products are sold to Catering butchers in London.

Have a closer look at our product range on the left and you will find some excellent and delicious products. We are importers of the finest Continental charcuterie too with Spanish and Italian ranges to delight every need.

We pride ourselves on our service - why not give us a call 01634 684148.  See the 'How to place an order' page and contact one of us directly. We can make product to suit your specific needs and we are used to sourcing items from all over the world.

Company History

Formed as a partnership in 1975 by Stephen Leadbitter and Bill Lawson, stephens fresh foods ltd originally traded as Stephens Bacon Company, supplying the retail trade with quality bacon, ham and other meat products.Now stephens is a major supplier (mainly to wholesale style customers) - a cooked meat manufacturer - with an extensive range of cooked traditional hams (manufactured on the premises) along with an extensive range of cooked beef products. In addition, we are able to provide a complete range of charcuterie direct from continental Europe.  In 1985, the company moved to a new purpose built, multi-temperature facility in Chatham Kent, to concentrate on the full time production of slicing, packaging and manufacturing traditionally cooked, hams. Cures are continually developed and reviewed to ensure optimum quality, flavour and textures. We like to consider our development ideas are always ahead of the game - for example we reduced salt levels in our products as early as 1986!  Today these facilities extend to 15,000 sq ft and have been extensively modernised to EU approved standards, with a newly constructed high-risk finished goods unit that operates fully to HACCP systems. Handling chilled and ambient foods, the strictest monitoring systems are enforced and all staff are trained to recognised CIEH standards. We are committed to the highest standards of quality and food safety and are accredited against B.R.C Global standard for food (v5.0).  Product is monitored with daily microbial testing during production in our on site Labcred standard accredited laboratory, where test results or certificates are available, along with full product specifications.

At stephens we prefer to use ENGLISH legs of pork. Sourced from selected farms in the South of England. We are proud to say that our suppliers adhere to the highest humane standards during rearing and at slaughter. All our meats are from traceable sources.  We are now proud to announce our membership of the Produced in Kent organisation. We are committted to the promotion of locally produced goods, utilising locally sourced raw materials and distributed through local supply chains. Why not ask us about our local specification hams? Or check us out on the Produced in Kent website

Bespoke product innovation (see our Video on new product development) is available with all continental products as well as our own manufactured products, which stephens actively encourage with its customers.  Serving the countries leading catering butchers and wholesalers, stephens fresh foods ltd fully understand the need for clients having access to new and traditional produce from around the world, and provides both from its comprehensive range of delicatessen cooked meats.

Quality standards and proof of good practice, are important in the manufacture of food products. The British Retail Consortium (B.R.C) accreditation, is deemed to be the ultimate accreditation for our industry. sff ltd achieved a 1st time pass in December 2002. 


Listen to Stephen Leadbitter talk about the history of stephen's development and business ethos