About Us


Trusted by companies of all sizes, at home and abroad, we offer a comprehensive range of food oils and fats to the manufacturing, food service, wholesale and retail channels. We have extensive capacity, dependable service and our considerable scale enables us to provide great value to our customers.

We are fully equipped to provide the optimal solution for your business.

Our Companies

UK’s leading supplier of food oils to food service, wholesalers & food manufacturers
Scotland’s specialist supplier of plant-based sustainable margarines, bread fats & shortening
One of Ireland’s leading importers and distributors of bulk food oils, fats and plant-based margarines
A UK specialist in the development and manufacturing of mayonnaise, dips, dressings and sauces

Our History

Established in 1972 as an independent family-owned retail store, KTC has grown into one of Europe’s leading businesses dedicated to sourcing, blending, and packing high-quality, sustainably sourced food oils.


From humble beginnings, KTC (Khera Trading Company) was started by the Khera family initially as a family-owned store in the West Midlands. They wanted to provide their friend’s rapidly growing restaurants and curry houses with a variety of good quality, accessibly priced cooking oils, essential ingredients in creating good Indian food. 

The business flourished, as did their expertise and knowledge in the use of oils across a wide range of cuisines and food creations like pastries, confectionery and finishing oils for vegetables.


As a result of their success, the KTC family set their sights on a bigger enterprise moving into a purpose-built 240,000 square ft facility in Wednesbury, the heart of England, where the business still resides today. The site now employs over 200 colleagues.


KTC expanded for the first time outside of the Midlands, with a new site in Liverpool by the docks to service the huge increase in demand for oil sold in bulk. KTC rapidly outgrew this site too and had to find a new 165,000 square ft facility within 5 years.


KTC acquired the Piquant business in 2019, the specialist manufacturer of dips, dressing and sauces. Piquant, since 1986, has supplied products to hundreds of food service, catering and wholesale customers.


Endless portfolio company acquired KTC recognising the growth potential of the business. Additional capital was injected to support ambitious growth plans as well as strengthening operations, range and service delivery.


An exciting year for KTC with firstly the acquisition of Cardowan Creameries Ltd, a specialist plant-based and sustainable margarine, bread fats and shortening manufacturer. Cardowan Creameries supplies over 20,000 metric tonnes annually to manufacturers and wholesalers across the UK and globally.

Later that year, Cardowan was followed by a second acquisition of Trilby Trading, one of Ireland’s leading importers and distributors of vegetable oils and fats. Trilby supplies in excess of 75,000 tonnes of oil each year to customers in Ireland, UK and Holland.

Our Leadership Team

Welcome to the leadership team of KTC Food Group, a pioneering manufacturing business renowned for its commitment to quality, innovation and sustainable practices in the
food oil industry.

Paresh Mehta

Chief executive officer

Paresh is our Chief Executive Officer, who joined the business in 1999. He began his career at KTC in exports and gained valuable experience across numerous departments before progressing to the positions of General Manager, Commercial Director and finally CEO. Paresh brings a breadth of experience and success from his previous roles at Texaco, Wesleyan and Paragon Finance. His leadership and strategic vision drive our company’s growth and ensure operational excellence.

Phil Wells

Chief Operating Officer

Phil is our Chief Operating Officer and joined the business in August 2022. He has 20 years of success providing strategic and operational leadership within the automative, engineering, and food manufacturing sectors. Phil brings a breadth of experience from his roles at Roquette plant-based ingredients, Cooper Tires, IWS (Trelleborg Group), SPC Compounding and the Libmans Group. His extensive background and proven track record in operational excellence ensure he is well-equipped to support our company’s ambitious growth plans.

Mark Ward

Chief Financial Officer

Mark is our Chief Financial Officer and joined the business in January 2023. He has 20 years of experience in a Finance Director role within the food industry and has also held senior commercial, operational, and ESG positions. Mark brings a breadth of experience from his roles at Associated British Foods (including Westmill and ACH foods), Campbells, and Greencore. He also has significant international experience, having led financial and operational teams across multiple regions.

Grant Ferrier

Chief Commercial Officer

Grant is our Chief Commercial Officer and joined the business in June 2023. He has a strong background in classical FMCG commercial roles, with extensive experience in fresh produce, protein, short shelf life chilled, and ambient food sectors. Grant has a wealth of experience from his roles at Moy Park and Pork Farms, where he served as Sales Director, and A.H. Worth, the fresh vegetable specialist, where he was Group Commercial Director. His extensive FMCG food expertise and proven ability to drive commercial success ensure strong leadership and strategic growth for our company.

Join our Group

If good food is your passion, then KTC is the essential ingredient on your CV. We offer an exceptional culture, outstanding growth opportunities and highly rewarding careers in a wide variety of roles.