One of the oldest private family-owned food companies in the UK, Opies, launched a naturally smoked range of BBQ sauces in May 2012. The range is now available in selected Tesco stores, Ocado and a number of independent outlets across the UK.

Made using naturally smoked ingredients, smoked in a traditional Sussex smokehouse, the sauces are available in three flavours – hickory, chilli and garlic.

They are the perfect condiment partner for all summer barbecue occasions and are a delicious accompaniment with sausages, steaks and other meats, as well as, burgers and chips, or can also be used as a marinade and glazing sauce. The product comes in convenient 280g jars with a RRP of £2.29.  

William Opie, Managing Director said: “Our BBQ range is an excellent extension to our brand. There is increasing concern over the safety of smoke flavourings in the EU, so in response to consumer worries, we developed our own naturally smoked range. With so many imported BBQ sauces into the UK, we felt it was a good time to join the few UK producers in the marketplace with an exceptional new range. We are also pleased to be in the table sauces and condiment category with the Opies brand, as we have seen it as a growth area.”

The smokehouse used to produce the ingredients is Sussex-based Besmoke run by Huw Griffiths. Huw, who has been an expert in natural smoke products for many years, is well-known in the industry for the smoked processing of garlic products and was the natural partner of choice for Opies to develop the range alongside. As the UK’s leading natural smoke specialists, Besmoke applies the art and science of smoke to create naturally smoked ingredients for the food industry. Using mainly oak, all from sustainable sources, the resulting product is free from any artificial or condensate derived smoke flavourings.

Opies first began life in 1880. The venture was so prosperous that, in 1912, Bennett founded a private company, Bennett Opie Limited

Opies has been passed through the generations and is one of the oldest family-owned food companies in the UK.

Opies’ products are available internationally and UK stockists include Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Ocado.


Paul Mendel

Tel: 01795 413710


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