About us

The success of Flying Trade Group is built on three core values – service, value and quality.

We focus on delivering excellent customer service, together with fantastic quality products and services at great prices, across all the sectors we operate within.
These values have enabled our business to thrive and grow despite challenging economic times.

As a family run group we have carefully selected our staff and our acquisitions to ensure strong family values remain at the heart of our business.

From humble beginnings, one of the group’s main subsidiaries, Surya Foods, was founded in 1971 by Kewal Dulai, who came to Britain from India, The addition of Kewal’s sons, Suki and Harry, to the workforce – who now head up the Harwich-based group – that has resulted in the rapid growth and expansion of recent years.
Over the last decade Flying Trade Group has attained a prominent position across some of the UK’s leading business sectors.

Surya Foods is now firmly established as a major player in the world food sector, and boasts the enviable position of being the largest supplier of world food lines into supermarket giants Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.

Meanwhile Surya Hotel’s expanding hotel portfolio currently features some of the UK’s most beautiful niche hotels.

Interests in the leisure and construction sectors also form an important part of our UK business.


Who we are

We are one of the largest suppliers of authentic world foods to the UK food sector. Our unrivalled, extensive world food ranges have seen us become the biggest supplier of world food lines into supermarket giants Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons. We also currently serve independent retail and wholesale accounts across the UK. Surya Foods owns two rice brands listed in the UK top ten according to official 2018 Nielsen data. (Laila, & Salaam)

As one of the UK's leading ethnic wholesale specialists we offer a variety of high quality, authentic products ranging from rice, flour, spices and sauces to snacks and savouries that are sold in over 30 countries worldwide. Our evolving ranges cater to the South Asian, Oriental, African-Caribbean, African and Polish communities. Not only a leading distributor across these sectors, many of our own brands are now market leaders, widely known for their superior quality and popular with the public and ethnic chefs alike due to their authenticity.

During the last 20 years, in response to the UK’s more adventurous culinary tastes, the Dulai brothers have taken Surya Foods from simple rice production to a major importer of exciting, new exotic world flavours, with an emphasis on emerging markets. With over 2,500 product lines available, we represent over 50 agency lines from some of the world’s leading companies as well as our own popular house-brands, which include Laila, Salaam, Apna, Jamaica’s Pride, Reggae Kitchen and Island Sun. In addition to our core business Flying Trade Group has carefully expanded Surya Foods through acquisitions of synergistic brands, including Cawoods salted fish and, more recently, trendy Sriracha Hot Sauce brand Flying Goose.

With our own distribution fleet of over 100 vehicles we have been able to maintain highly efficient service levels throughout Europe and now boast a large client account base - distributing products to supermarket chains, independent stores, cash and carrys, wholesalers and food service businesses throughout the UK and the world.

Operating from several different areas in UK, with distribution centres spread across Europe, as well as buying offices around the globe, our main hub is an 11 acre site in Harwich - home to Surya Foods head office and some 500,000 sq ft of storage space.

Harry DulaiManaging Director

Suki Dulai CEO

In just 20 years, under the directorship of brothers Suki & Harry Dulai, the rapidly expanding Flying Trade Group has exceeded an annual turnover of over £140 million with an employee base of more than 1050 across its main trading businesses.

Dealing with a range of customers worldwide on a daily basis, Flying Trade Group CEO, Suki has a keen understanding of global business transactions in the food import and export arena and took the helm of his own rice mill at just 21 years of age. As a highly successful entrepreneur Suki is constantly looking for ways to grow the Flying Trade brand.

Meanwhile Flying Trade's Managing Director, Harry Dulai, a member of London Food Board's advisory group of independent food experts, is particularly passionate about the issues surrounding food poverty and founded the charitable organisation World Food Aid in 2012. He has since run with yearly high profile campaigns in aid of the British Red Cross and The Trussell Trust aimed at alleviating the issue of hunger through Surya Food's leading basmati rice brand, Laila.

The group's enormous success saw the brothers named in the UK Asian Rich List since 2014 and in 2018 awarded with Sunday Times Top Track 250.


Who we are

Surya Hotels is one of the UK's leading hotel groups with a rapidly expanding portfolio of niche hotels. Our existing portfolio currently features thirteen hotels, each renowned for their distinctive character and set in some of the UK's most idyllic settings, from historic towns and coastal resorts to picturesque villages.

Our mission is to build a consortium of hotels of character, each with their own charm and ambiance, offering consistent standards, fantastic food and quality accommodation, together with a genuine warm welcome at a great price, every time.

Consistent standards across our hotels has enabled our brand to quickly become recognised as a 'name that can be trusted' to our growing client base.

Whether your trip is for pleasure or business our hotels have everything you need, at excellent value, together with the kind of warm welcome only a family run business can deliver.

Flying Trade Leisure

Who we are

Flying Trade operates a number of highly successful leisure facilities across the UK including pubs, clubs, bars, cafes and restaurants. Using years of experience in the sector we revitalise and breathe new life into all establishments brought under the Flying Tradeumbrella to bring them in line with our core brand values of service, value and quality. Our aim is to provide delicious, innovative and outstanding leisure experiences at great value for money.


Who we are

Laila, a name associated with quality and excellence, is one of the UK's leading ethnic food brands. Established in 1996 to initially bring high quality Basmati Rice to the rice-eating Asian community in the UK, the past seventeen years has seen the Laila Rice brand grow in popularity and reach to become one of the country's best selling Basmati rice brands.


Who we are

Cawoods (Fishcurers) Ltd has been a processor of dried salted fish for over 113 years. Popular across many cultures for many centuries, salted fish is known as bacalao in Spain or bacalhau, in Portugal, and is actually considered Portugal's national dish. In the Caribbean the product is known generically as codfish or saltfishand is an important part of the culture of the islands providing both salt and protein. UK-based Cawoods supply all of these export markets plus others, as well as being the principal supplier to the African-Caribbean market in the UK.


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Welcome to Flying Trade’s career’s site. The scale and breadth of our business activities means we can offer great variety and a fantastic environment to start or further your career.

The passion and enthusiasm of our staff is something our customers comment on time and again.

Flying Trade Group is part of a family run group and we carefully select our staff to ensure strong family values remain at the heart of our business.

We have a high staff retention rate with many employees having worked with us for many years. The passion and attitude of our staff, who go above and beyond in their day to day work, is what truly sets us apart.

Our company culture supports and nurtures personal development and we believe in investing in our staff to facilitate promotion within the group, to ensure a first step with us always brings further opportunities.

We are always interested to hear from passionate and enthusiastic prospective employees. If our company values resonate with you we would love to hear from you.

If you are a recent Graduate looking for role with us, please look at our Graduate Roles page.




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Laila unveils its biggest marketing campaign ever for Ramadan.

June 1st 2015 / News Category

WORLD food giants Surya Foods is embarking on its biggest ever marketing campaign in support of its leading Laila basmati rice brand this Ramadan.

The £1m plus campaign, which comprises outdoor, television, radio, print, digital, experiential and in-store activity, launches this month, using the brand's signature strap-line: 'Love Rice, Love Laila'

The campaign, which kicks off with media activity, will build throughout June, gaining momentum with a television and radio campaign across key ethnic channels. The campaign will culminate with special, in-store promotions across the UK from 18th Jun - 17th July, together with online competitions.

Graduate Roles

Graduate Roles

We know that the development of talented people is key to our continued success in an ever-changing industry that’s why we have launched a new Graduate Programme, Together we grow”.

As a recent Graduate, we will introduce you to the forefront of the food industry with a family business which will look after you and your career development properly.

Working in a number of different functions you will be responsible for delivering projects that support the business in key areas, including;

  • CommercialCommercial
  • MarketingMarketing
  • TechnicalTechnical
  • Product DevelopmentProduct Development
  • Supply ChainSupply Chain
  • Manufacturing OperationsManufacturing Operations
  • FinanceFinance
  • BuyingBuying

If you’re hungry for success and hungry to grow we will give you a taste of the different food businesses within our Group and the various functions that make up the businesses, giving you brilliant insight into the food industry and our Group, and access to training and mentoring.

We understand that Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a huge impact on the availability of jobs however at Surya Foods we’re committed in providing a much-needed boost to people whose career prospects have been negatively impacted.

To read more and apply, click on the link below;

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Flying Trade Group Europa Way Europa House

Harwich Essex CO12 4PT

Tel: 01255 553652

Email: sales@suryafoods.com

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