Owner of high-end, British food importer and distributor GMT Foods, four-year DB resident, Gillian Thompson talks shop.
Tell us something about your business.
I started GMT Foods in 2009 when I began importing my brother’s handmade preserves (York Preserves and The Mercers of Yorkshire) into Hong Kong. I have since added Godminster Vintage Cheddar and Cotswold Curers (chorizo and salami) to my range, plus organic Fair Trade teas from the English Tea Shop. My aim is to source high-end,
British products made by small producers, and to make them available here.
Who inspires you?
Successful business people, who take the risk of walking away from established careers to follow their dreams, like many of my suppliers have done. I also admire chefs like Jamie Oliver for his School Dinners initiative and Rick Stein for his Food Heroes programme. I think that if you do anything with a passion you will succeed!
How did you get GMT Foods on the map?
I approached three local supermarket chains in late 2009, and have been supplying Dairy Farm Group ever since. You’ll also find GMT brands at a few independent retailers like Salt and Pepper in DB, and Loi Chan’s Frozen Meat Company and The Village Bakery in Mui Wo. I love getting to know my customers, so once a month, I have a stall at the Discovery Bay Sunday Market in DB Plaza.
Are you active online?
We now deliver all over Hong Kong through online stores, like DB-owned www.sooqcentral.com and www.kinoa-shop.com. And I’m designing a new website, with a page dedicated to my family’s favourite recipes. I use our Facebook page to introduce new products, and post special offers, food photos, tips and recipes.
How do you see your business looking in five years’ time?
I see myself remaining niche and only dealing in the high-end food market, but with more emphasis on assisting small British food producers entering the Hong Kong market.
Call GMT Foods on 6647 2292, email [email protected], like www.facebook.com/gmtfoods or visit www.gmtfoodshk.com.