Our History

Shazans was created by the Ayyub family in 2000. From very humble beginnings, this hard working Muslim family based in Preston began making samosas in the kitchen at home to sell to the local community. They had a vision to do 2 things – firstly to develop great tasting authentic Halal Food and secondly to make this food more accessible to everyone in the UK.

Sixteen years on these two driving ambitions are at the heart of everything Shazans does. All family members still work in the business with the same passion as they did in their kitchen in 2000.

Shazans now handmake 25 million samosas a year in Preston with over 100 highly skilled employees. Shazans have expanded into Fresh Meat and are the number 1 brand in the UK.

Watch out, the team are developing lots more exciting products.

2000

Started making Samosas & Rolls in family kitchen at home. Froze products in home freezer Packaged in Polystyrene Trays & Cling Film with Home-made Labels Sold shop to shop using car using cooler boxes

2001

Converted garage to kitchen Employed 8-10 people Launched mainstream Breaded Chicken Range

2003

Move to Eastham Street. New meat range of Kebabs, Burgers & Sausages launched. Next door Unit 40 staff employed. Launched Micro cook Range

2004

Total UK Ethnic Independent store coverage Acquired 3rd unit on Eastham Street. Acquired factory in Walton Summit Centre 100 + employees Launched Kheema Paratha Range

2006

Launched products in Asda Stores Launched Cheese Parathas Launched Products in Sainsbury’s Launched products at Tesco Stores Purchased additional Factory MicroCook range in core Asda stores.

2008

Brand Logo Updated Exhibition stands around country Launched national billboard campaign Launch of convenience range – wraps & meals.

2014

Shazans launched into fresh food market with the supply of chicken, lamb and beef to the major multiple retailers. Shazans becomes the number 1 halal brand in the UK.

2015

Shazans introduces “cook in bag” Whole Chicken concept to the halal whole chicken market with Asda.

2016

Shazans Select brand launches in Morrisons. Shazans select brand offers full HMC accreditation.

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