AJ Webb & Son Sheffield are one of the largest independent importers, wholesalers and distributors of fresh produce in the UK today, with a turnover of 12 million pounds and 50 employees. Operating from the newly built South Yorkshire Fresh Produce & Flower Centre on the outskirts of the city, the company services an ever increasing radius covering the whole of Yorkshire, the Midlands, Humberside and Derbyshire.
15,000sq ft Wholesale Warehousing - 5000sq Of Refrigerated Area
The company operates between two divisions. The wholesale division is housed within 15,000sq.ft. of warehousing, 5000 sq.ft. of this being refrigerated and services most retail markets in Yorkshire along with endless retail outlets on a delivered or non delivered basis.
The Catering division is housed separately within 5000 sq.ft. of refrigerated warehousing. Independently managed by a team with huge experience in this sector,a fleet of vehicles deliver to numerous restaurants, hotels, schools, pubs and universities within a 100 mile radius.
Quality - Loyalty- Value
In 1948, Arthur John Webb opened a small fresh produce retail outlet near the centre of Rotherham. As part of his daily working routine he would visit the Castlefolds Wholesale Market in Sheffield to stock the shop with the freshest produce available. This, coupled with value for money, justifiably gave him a reputation as a leading retail figure within the immediate community. As the post war years' influence subsided on the local economy, the business gained strength by each passing year and with the introduction to the business of his son, Tony, a large delivery sector emerged supplying schools, homes and canteens for the thriving steel and coal industries.
2020 Brought us the Corona Virus (COVID 19) crisis, while most of the country stood still AJW continued to expand its operations and invested in more trucks and vans to meet the surge in demand for fresh produce, our team of dedicated employees never missed a day of work during this crisis ensuring Hospitals, Care Homes, Market Traders and other retailers had their daily deliveries as normal. Today we are now one of the Largest independent Fresh produce suppliers in the north of England while still maintaining the ethos of a family run business where no order is too big or too small.
Chris Webb has now taken over as sole director of AJ Webb & Son (Sheffield) Ltd, as Managing Director Chris is now leading his highly experienced team forward to new horizons with planned growth, expansion and investment.
Saw expansion of the Foodservice Division in the acquisition of a well known Sheffield company Smedley’s Catering Supplies, and this secured the continued growth of the Foodservice division during the 2008 recession and following economic downturn.
Saw the closure of the Parkway Markets in Sheffield after 3 decades and both businesses joined forces in what is now the South Yorkshire Fresh Produce & Flower Centre. AJ Webb & Son Sheffield invested over 1.25 million pounds in 20,000 sq.ft. of warehousing, a state of the art administration block, 5sq. ft. of refrigeration, hand held sales terminals and a fleet of vehicles designed to adequately cope with the increasing demands of the service factor which we now believe to be essential in an industry that, over the years, has changed like no other.
Tony's two sons, Jon and Chris joined the business and in 1995, whilst maintaining their positions in Tony's business, opened up Webb (Sheffield) Ltd within the Parkway Market.
With over 45 years experience within the industry, Tony was awarded the 'Chevalier De Merite Agricole' by the French Government for services to agriculture. Tony overseas site development, cleansing, security and heads the South Yorkshire Fresh Produce & Flower Centre's Management Committee. In relation to produce he also runs the Company's extensive strawberry department.
Tony moved to the Parkway Market in Sheffield to open an importing and wholesale business. The success of this through the next 25 years was based on the same principles that had been so important many years before.A J Webb & Son Sheffield became one of the North's largest independent importers and distributor's of fresh produce.