Benchmark's ability to innovate, develop and successfully drive progress is defined by the skill, experience and commitment of our people and by our world-leading research, operational and manufacturing capabilities.

Benchmark was founded in 2000 when Malcolm Pye, Roland Bonney and Ruth Layton set their vision to build a profitable business based on the growing need to create a sustainable and ethical future for global food production.

Changing consumer preferences, stricter regulation and outdated methods of operation were putting pressure on food businesses and supply chains. Malcolm, Roland and Ruth’s unique combination of practical, scientific and corporate insight – and decades of experience – meant they were perfectly placed to develop solutions to meet these challenges.

The company has been progressively built over the ensuing years through a combination of new business launches, organic growth and strategic acquisitions to enhance the group’s capabilities and exploit synergies to drive continued growth in revenue and margin.

Each of these strategic steps has brought into the group new expert management teams who have become shareholders and members of the operating board representing their individual disciplines alongside the original founders.

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Purpose

We aim to set a new benchmark for sustainable living, starting with food production.

As we live longer the number of people in the world that need to be fed also increases – by 75 million every year. At the same time, rapid economic development means that diets are improving, increasing demand for meat and fish. We need to waste less and produce more efficiently, providing better quality food from the same land and water whilst keeping prices affordable.

Towards more sustainable living

To address the fundamental challenges, we need to harness the power of science to align our production with nature, enabling us to grow the food we need more efficiently and more sustainably.

The approaches, science and applications we develop can enable sustainable living far beyond food production. Our discoveries and innovation will improve animal health, human health and the wider environment.

For example, through the development of new vaccines, we can keep animals healthy rather than using antibiotics to treat disease.