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Innovative Food Ingredients

The IFI Team

David Brennand

David Brennand

Born in Blackpool into a family where butchery is in their blood, David followed his father Tom into the world of meat ingredients and sundries. The hands on experience of being an accomplished regional manager within the industry paved the way for David’s foray into several other successful businesses including latterly, Innovative Food Ingredients.

David has created a business that prides itself on being able to deliver exactly what the customer desires. Whether that’s a bespoke product, working tirelessly to meet tight deadlines, his dedication to innovation or leading and mentoring a dedicated and enthusiastic team, he is completely committed to his business.

A dedicated family man and dad to four children, as well as selling ingredients and when time permits, he enjoys playing golf, going to the gym and walking the dog!

David is also the Chair of Trustees at The Boathouse Youth in Blackpool where is is actively involved with fund raising and raising the profile of the charity.

Michael Rawsthorne

Michael Rawsthorne

A passionate foodie, larger than life character, qualified butcher and keen food photographer, Michael started working in his local butchers at the tender age of 13 years. He must have impressed his colleagues at Burt’s Butchers in Lancaster as he was offered a full time job and embarked on his formal training. Michael studied and acquired all his butchery skills not just ‘on the job’ but also at Blackpool and Fylde College where he qualified and was recognised by The Chamber of Commerce Lancaster. Since then he has worked in several businesses including; Althams in Morecambe and Hornby Butchers.

Michael has extensive butchery skills ranging from breaking down carcases into primal cuts, recipe development and takes great pride in creating attractive added value displays in customer premises.

Outside of IFI, although he never really switches off!, Michael enjoys riding his motorbike, socialising with family and friends and walking in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside.

Alex Farr

Alex Farr

Alex started his career in food within the hospitality sector after being a head chef for several years. His interest in meat led him to switch to butchery and he quickly became responsible for product enhancement, display and developments at B Drummond Butchers. Renowned for their dry cured bacon, Alex was instrumental in securing several awards both regionally and internationally.

A proud dad of four children, Alex enjoys all sport but particularly volleyball, rugby, football and is a surf lifesaving international finalist. He’s also a keen supporter of AFC Bournemouth and coaches an under 10’s football team.



With over thirty years experience in butchery, meat training, management including a senior position at Bidvest Edinburgh and latterly as General Manager of the Q Guild, Gordon is our most recent addition to the team.  

Although already known by many in the industry, in his role at IFI, Gordon will continue to share his passion, knowledge, expertise and commitment to the food industry throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England.  

A very keen sportsman and athlete, Gordon represented Scotland in several international athletics meetings culminating in being awarded Scottish Champion over 400m in 1992 and 1993. 

A devoted family man and husband to Helen who is a Senior Nurse Sister at The Borders General Hospital and also a very proud dad to Emily who is studying Applied Pharmacology at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Following in her father’s sporting footsteps, Emily is an accomplished hockey player and has recently secured her 14th Senior Scottish Women’s Hockey cap.

Outside of IFI, Gordon enjoys sports photography, watching Emily play hockey and appreciating good food and wine.