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From ‘greengrocer’ to national foodservice company

In 1945 William Reynolds set up a fruit and veg stall at the Ridley Road Market in Hackney, London. That was the start of the Reynolds fruit and vegetable business, a company that today supplies an extensive range of fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, dairy and salads to some of the most famous names in the catering and foodservice industries.

William’s dream was to delight his customers with the very best fresh produce. A dream that is lived today through William’s son, Dave, his grandson, Tony, and his great-grandson Tom.  Today, Tony Reynolds oversees the growth of the business supported by a dynamic management team, who ensure that everyone at Reynolds works with passion and integrity, and that we all deliver the quality of service and care that our customers expect.


William Reynolds sets up his fruit and veg stall at Ridley Road Market, Hackney.


Reynolds starts supplying fruit and veg to restaurants in London and the Home Counties.


William, his son and grandson open a bigger fruit and veg business at the Old Spitalfields Market in Whitechapel.


The Reynolds’ fruit and veg company moves to Spitalfields Market in Leyton.


Reynolds opens its first regional depot in Manchester.


Reynolds opens its second regional depot in Bristol.


Reynolds opens depots in the Midlands and in Scotland, allowing the company to offer next-day deliveries across the UK.


Reynolds opens a 140,000 sq ft temperature controlled national distribution facility in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire.


Reynolds launches an extensive dairy and cheese range in response to customer demand.


Reynolds optimises its supply chain through investment in staff and a new IT operating system, providing a solid platform for future growth.


Reynolds opens a new, state-of-the-art development kitchen, to assist customers in designing and delivering innovative menu solutions and bespoke food offers.


Tony Reynolds, Managing Director, is named Business Person of the Year at the Hertfordshire Business Awards.


Reynolds increases its range of Red Tractor Farm Assured fresh fruit, vegetables, salads and dairy products to over 100 items.


Tom Reynolds, William's great-grandson and the fourth generation of the family to work at Reynolds, joins the team at Waltham Cross.


Reynolds expands its distribution capability in response to demand, with a 70% increase in capacity at Waltham Cross.


Reynolds opens its fifth regional depot in Leeds.


Reynolds opens its sixth regional depot in Bury St Edmunds.


Reynolds opens its seventh regional depot in Gillingham.


REDEMA, the Reynolds purpose-built, handheld driver companion device, is launched.