Spinneyfields Farm, Worleston
Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 6DN
01270 611 112

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our story

  1. 1973

    Family man John Need (above right) was working as a driver for Hollands Cheese in Nantwich Cheshire. He had great ambitions to start his own company and dreamt of handing it down the generations. He took two weeks holiday from work and with the family’s savings bought a small amount of cheese, cut it into small blocks and sold to local corner shops.

    Having made a small profit he decided it was time to start his own business… this was the first step in the history of F J Need (foods) Limited

  2. 1975

    The family cut and repacked cheese from their home in Coleridge Way, Crewe and John built up a customer base of small shops through the North West of England and North Wales. After a short period of time he was reported to the council for running a business from home and had to find alternative premises quickly or be forced to give up his business. Determined John found a cold store by Cumberland Bridge in Crewe. This enabled him to grow the business and he was soon able to employ staff and purchase his first wagon.

  3. 1980

    Seven years later and with a further move to Gresty in Shavington, John sold his company to the Albert Fisher Group PLC, remaining as Managing Director. After only a year he decided working for a PLC was not for him and bought back the company.

  4. 1986

    John envisioned combining his work and family life and transferred the business to Bank House Farm, Crewe Road. The farmhouse was converted to offices and the outbuildings to the family home. A warehouse and production site was taken on Huntsbank Industrial Estate just next door.

  5. 1992

    The business was growing and John recognized a gap in the market for grated cheese. He purchased the ideal property Mile End Farm, Worleston, believing it would provide the space for continual expansion. The farmhouse became the family home and the outbuildings were converted into offices and a purpose built factory was constructed to provide a brand new grating line.

  6. 1994

    Building work now complete, the company site was renamed Spinneyfields after the now well established brand name relating to a group of trees on the property, and grated cheese production began.

  7. 1996

    With the Cheese business growing, John had an opportunity to venture into salt distribution with a company in Israel. Here came the start of F J Need’s sister company, The Salt Co. (Int) Limited.

  8. 1999

    After joining the company at age 16, John’s son, Paul, was named Managing Director and his daughter Tracey moved into a Director role.

  9. 2000

    John lost his battle to cancer, which was a devastating blow to his family. It had been John’s life long ambition to build a business that could be passed on through the generations, therefore the family continues to run the business with the same commitment and determination he started out with.

  10. 2006

    By this year both the salt and cheese were growing, it was becoming a squeeze to run two companies out of one factory. It was time to look at expansion and so we doubled in size by building a new warehouse. This became The Salt Company's home. The expansion allowed us to utilise more space for the cheese production and increase storage capacity.

  11. 2011

    All four of John’s grandchildren worked in the company over the years. However, this year saw Chloe and Charlotte making a career choice to join full time. Chloe starting out in accounts and Charlotte joined the sales team incorporating the development of the marketing strategy.

  12. 2012

    2012 saw the arrival of the Giovanni Bisogno brand; meaning John Need in Italian, it was the perfect choice. This range of pizza cheese brought customers a cost-friendly option, whilst still demonstrating high performance.

  13. 2013

    On the verge of full capacity, this year saw the start of major changes. Initial talks of expanding took place and plans for a new production facility began to develop. John’s third grandchild Matthew joined the QA department. The family home was converted to offices to house the Sales & Marketing team.

  14. 2014

    The construction of a brand new 25,000 sq.ft factory with state of the art machinery purpose built in Canada began.

  15. 2015

    The Future
    The completion of the new factory in June 2015 has given the F J Need team an exciting future. After four decades of business, we are proud of the drive and tenacity that made F J Need (foods) Limited what it is today. With the memory of its founder JOHN NEED still very much within its heart, the Company will continue to grow and deliver the commitment to quality and customer service of which it is so proud.