Our History

 

Everything begun in 1997 for the Bolton, mother of four, Fazila Malek; originally from Gujurat, India and then Botswana, Africa, whose passion was simply, “all about food”. It was then that Fazila ventured into opening one of the first outlets to retail nothing other than Halal products. Later that year, the retailer became tired of receiving the same complaints from her regular customers that whilst the convenience was fantastic, the products lacked the most important ingredient of all – the homemade quality that every household demands. In response, the kind hearted food fanatic began making ethnic foods to order, in between serving customers and feeding her young family of six. But as her orders increased and her capacity became oversubscribed, Fazila was left with little choice but to enter the food manufacturing industry as her full time career, leaving her husband, Abdul; a technical EPOS engineer to juggle his job, the shop and managing her enquiries, while Fazila and her sister-in laws worked tirelessly to fulfil orders and trial new ideas. Known to everyone as Fazila and her food as ‘Fazilas’, by word of mouth, Fazila did what she did next to best; listening to her customers, and formalised before she begun developing an innovative product range such as her pasty range which included ‘Spicy Lamb Pasties’ and the traditional “Cheese & Onion Patsy” but now available with a hint of spice. These products were then seen as a huge novelty and enabled the business, then known as K&F Frozen Foods to flourish, and break the ice in local freezers.
 
Early on in 2002 K&F Frozen Foods became incorporated as Fazila Foods Ltd, and diversified even further to meet demand for Hot Buffet Food based on the premium quality of the frozen food range the company continued to produce. This development helped to earn Fazila Malek the title “Halal Culinary Queen” in the press, as her products had been described as “delicious” and the entire range of her products being HMC Certified by the independent monitoring committee.
 
By 2004, the range of Fazila’s products was slowly increasing, with the latest introduction being Kebab Rolls being available in a puff pastry (like the traditional sausage roll). Fazila Foods Ltd achieved the 2004 Ethnic Business of the Year Award in the North Manchester Business Awards, and were awarded the Investors in People recognition.  This was strengthened even further one year later when the company achieved an ABF Tiger Award for Workforce Skills & Development in 2008, by which time the company was now employing some 22 full- and part time staff.
 
In 2007, Fazila Foods Ltd were running out of space and moved to a purpose built factory premises in Waters Meeting Business Park, close to the Warburton’s Factory. Fazila’s vision and ethos remained to fully develop individuals as well as the business with the aim to give everybody the same, high expectations of life and customers an equal chance to high quality foods.
 
By now, in 2008, Fazila’s distribution was reaching as far South as the Midlands and was attracting extensive coverage by the local and Asian press including the Asian Express, the Bolton News and Bury Times. Fazila Malek was awarded the Business Person of the Year Award by the Bolton & Bury Times, and in 2009 the EMBF Award for NW Entrepreneur as well as being shortlisted for the NW Business of the Year. On a different note, the company received the Groundwork Community Award for Environmental Best Practice.
 
Today, Fazila Foods Ltd employ just over 30 staff, the vast majority of whom work full time to manufacture the whole range of Ethnic Finger Foods, by hand. These are freshly prepared using the finest ingredients to the highest standards of quality and are available to purchase in selected areas of the European continent and across the whole of the UK.