Robert Langmead is co-founder of Natures Way Foods, one of the UK’s foremost fresh food and grocery companies, chairman of Natures Way Foods USA, and managing director of property developer, Kingsbridge Estates.
Robert was born in Chichester, West Sussex, and was educated at nearby Hurstpierpoint College. At the age of 18, and with three A-Levels, Robert left West Sussex and moved to Wales to study at the University of Wales, Swansea.
As a great lover of the outdoors, Robert often spent time biking with his friends in Wales. After graduating with a degree in business, Robert spent a year exploring Africa in a Land Rover. On his return to the UK, Robert began his career as a sales and marketing graduate at Unilever. His experience at Unilever equipped him well for founding and building his first company, Natures Way Foods.
Robert and his brother David founded Natures Way Foods in 1994 and began to supply Tesco with bagged salad. The opportunity to fill a gap in a growing market was irresistible, particularly for Robert, who at just 24 craved the freedom and excitement of running his own business. When Robert Langmead started, Natures Way Foods employed three people. Today, the company has over 800 permanent staff.
In 2006, Robert founded Wild Rocket Foods, a salad and fresh fruit supplier to fresh&easy, Tesco’s North American supermarket operation. After running the business for four years and growing it to 400 employees, Robert sold Wild Rocket Foods to Tesco.
Robert is also the founder and managing director of Kingsbridge Estates a property management and development company founded in 2004. Kingsbridge Estates invests in large office and industrial buildings, business parks, apart-hotels, food production and manufacturing facilities. A fast growing company, Kingsbridge Estates creates business space that occupiers and staff want to work in, focusing on established and successful business locations in the South East.
Outside of business, Robert is a keen sportsman and avid cyclist, and regularly competes in the Cape Argus Race, South Africa. Robert will also complete the 2015 Rapha Randonnée Alps cycle tour, from Geneva-Nice, taking in historic climbs of the Tour de France. He is committed to supporting local charities by funding raising for the Snowdrop Trust and the Chichester Dementia Support Group. In 2014 Robert took part in the Tour de Force ride to raise funds for the William Wates Memorial Trust.