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Our story

Founded in 1985, we have become the leading specialist Oriental food manufacturer in the U.K., supplying meals and components to the retail trade, the foodservice industry and to other manufacturers. Our distribution network covers all corners of Great Britain, N. Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

History

We have been making and serving Chinese food since the 1950’s when the Fong family owned a restaurant in Hong Kong, and served British servicemen Chinese curries and other oriental dishes.

The Fong family moved to the UK, and subsequently opened the first Chinese restaurant in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, serving many of the dishes that had been served to British servicemen back in Hong Kong.

After many successful years in the restaurant trade, Kin Him decided that serving the British public within the family restaurant was not fulfilling his ambitions.

1985

Kin Him and his brother Wai Him, established King Asia Foods to offer the British public delicious food that they could cook, eat and enjoy themselves. At the beginning, Chinese sauces were made for the retail market, and it didn’t take long before the company began to grow by securing deals with major frozen food retailers.  

1988

In 1988, the Mayflower brand was created to help the Chinese sauces become a recognisable household brand. 

1990s

By the early 1990’s, Kin's brother So Him had joined the company as Managing Director, to push the company further forward. So Him quickly secured new business and helped the company diversify into the food service sectors, whilst overseeing the company's expansion which included securing the new 50,000 sq. ft. site (drawn up by So himself!) from which it currently operates.

2005

King Asia proudly recieved a visit from HRH The Princess Royal to commemorate the 20th anniversary of King Asia Foods.

Today

King Asia is a growing company, working alongside catering organisations such as TUCO to bring our authentic food to universities, schools, hospitals and other public amenities. In the mean time, our famous sauces have made it into chippy’s and takeaways throughout the U.K. You can also find our products at retailers across the country such as B&M, Farmfoods, Home Bargains, Iceland and many more under our Mayflower brand.  

Forward Thinking

Mayflower & King Asia will continue to produce and innovate new international food products for the retail market and foodservice, keeping in-line with food culture trends.