About the NDFTA

The National Dried Fruit Trade Association is an internationally renowned organisation representing the interests of its members in the UK (the world’s largest importer of dried fruit) and many suppliers from producer countries.

Its aim is to promote the consumption of Dried Fruits and protect the interest of our members, all of whom are involved in the Dried Fruit trade.

In this ever more health conscious world, its main aim is to encourage Manufacturers and Processors to use more Dried Fruits and ensure Dried Fruits play a wider role in general nutrition.

Members include:

  • Importers
  • Agents
  • Manufacturers
  • Wholesalers
  • Processors & Packers in origin countries
  • Companies providing services to the industry

The voice of the dried fruits industry in the UK

What We Do

The NDFTA , has over the years earned its reputation as the voice of the Dried Fruits Industry in the UK. It is now well recognised and respected by British and European authorities

The Association has continuous contacts with the UK Food Standards Agency, to ensure our members are kept well informed of any impending legislation that might be discussed in Government circles. This also ensures our members are involved and have a say in the decision making process before any legislation becomes Law.

A recent example of this is where the Association successfully lead the industry in the implementation of the reduction in the MRL for chlorpyrifos which involved lobbying the various government bodies and finally arranging a meeting with the UK Minister at DEFRA.

The Association organises regular events, most recently at the prestigious Roof Gardens in Kensington, London, which give members and their guests and opportunity to get together and share information in a convivial setting.

Council Members

The Council is comprised of several members, elected annually by the members of the Association. The Council meet several times a year to discuss various matters relating to the Dried Fruits Industry . The current Council members and the companies they represent, are as shown below.

Simon Melik – Chairman
Besana UK Ltd

Roby Danon
Voicevale Ltd

Tony Smith
Chelmer Foods Ltd

Andrew Ciclitira
Demos Ciclitira Ltd

Steve Staples
Community Foods Ltd

Peter Meadows
California Raisins

Mark Setterfield
RM Curtis & Co. Ltd

Simon Brown
John Morley (Importers) Ltd

Fiona Bavester
Needwood Foods Ltd

Olivier Orphelin
Whitworths Ltd

Simon Melik – Chairman

Simon Melik, our new Chairman, has been involved in the UK dried fruit trade for 32 years.

Having previously worked for major companies within the sphere such as: John Morley; Voicevale: Whitworths and Flagship Fruit & Nut, Simon has now been employed as Sales & Marketing Director for Besana UK Limited for the last 15 years.

Married with two teenage children and living in West Sussex, his interests include: coaching and watching rugby; horse racing; tennis; music / concerts and theatre visits.

Simon looks forward to: ‘energising the NDFTA board and its membership to react in a positive and constructive way to the various challenges faced by our industry, particularly the new regulations that will surely result from the forthcoming Brexit process’.

The National Dried Fruit Benevolent Fund

The benevolent fund was originally established by members of the former London Dried Fruit Trade Association.

The National Dried Fruit Benevolent fund is now a registered charity and its activities encompass the whole of the UK Dried Fruit trade.

The aim of the Fund is to provide financial support for any persons with a connection, past or present with our industry. The NDFTA is proud to be associated with and to support and by associated with Fund’s ambitions and would like to thank its trustees who give their time freely.

The Fund currently has two serving and two former NDFTA Council Members as trustees and any one of these can be contacted for further information.

Andrew Ciclitira – Demos Ciclitira Ltd
Roby Danon – Voicevale Ltd
Bill Henry – Consultant
John McCutcheon – Consultant