Quick facts
  • What we do:
    A manufacturer and supplier of an extensive range of flavour ingredients to the food and beverage industry.
  • Year established:
  • Website:
  • Contact
    • Lionel Hitchen Ltd, Gravel Lane, Barton Stacey, Nr Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 3RQ

About Lionel Hitchen Ltd

Lionel Hitchen Limited are a manufacturer that supplies unique and high-quality natural flavour ingredients to the food and beverage industry across the globe from their manufacturing base in Hampshire. Since their inception in 1965, this passionate, family-owned operation has endeavored to deliver superior, unique and natural global taste solutions by providing a world-class service. The firm now supplies natural ingredients to more than 50 countries worldwide. At the end of 2017, the brand underwent a refresh that would bring about an exciting new chapter in the company’s history, ensuring customers that they offer more than essential oils. Among its core values, Lionel Hitchen looks to ensure all employees are valued as individuals and proudly contribute to their success through respect, integrity and enjoyment. With appointed mental health first aiders and a cycle-to-work scheme, Lionel Hitchen are dedicated to looking after the wellbeing of all staff.

What is it like to work for Lionel Hitchen Ltd

On World Restart a Heart Day, 45 members of staff were taught how to do CPR and how to use a defibrillator by their Health and Safety Manager in a bid to enable employees to be able to apply bystander CPR in any situation.
My Company
My Company
One way that the business have found to be effective in communicating their mission, values and vision, is with the OTIF (On Time In Full) poster. The concept was ‘OTIF – it’s in their hands’. This was to reaffirm that OTIF is part of everyone’s role and all have a part in achieving this.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Lionel Hitchen have a company-wide continuous improvement programme called the ‘World Class Manufacturing’ (WCM) programme. To recognise efforts and achievements of teams and individuals, awards, such as ‘best team’ and ‘most improved’, are awarded every six months.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Gym

    Companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    50% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Profit Related Payment
    Profit Related Payment

    Companies offering profit related pay to all employees

Company Statistics

  • Staff:


  • UK sites:


  • Earning £35,000+:


  • Average Age:


  • Staff Turnover:


  • Male : Female:

    61% / 39%


Want to get on the list or be accredited?

Start your engagement journey today and find out what you need to do to earn a Best Companies accreditation or a place on the Best Companies lists.