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Reynolds are not a household name, yet their products have been eaten by most of us in the UK.

Starting from humble beginnings as a Hackney greengrocer this family firm quickly moved from the streets to supplying restaurants and food service outlets across the SouthEast.

Now they have five depots across the UK and supply fresh produce and more to hospitals, pubs and restaurants, fast food outlets, travel and educational establishments.

When it comes to new menu and food ideas, I find their value-added approach to product development particularly fascinating.

Chef Ian Nottage heads up the company’s food development team at its Waltham Cross National Distribution Centre. I recently joined Ian and Tony Reynolds (the third generation to run the family firm) for a development kitchen lunch and it turned out to be one of the most inspiring of 2015.


Ian served a cleverly mixed selection of seasonal produce (apples, beetroot, Jerusalem artichokes, salsify) with a wide range of garnishes, sauces and styles. These menus are designed to inspire both chefs and buyers with ideas that can immediately be implemented in their own businesses. Recipes are also shared online for the same reason.

Reynolds love to be challenged – not just on seasonality but also on how to develop meals to suit the tight margins of mass catering demands.

If you’d like to learn more about how to create value-added vegetables then you will find useful advice from Reynolds in my guide to developing new value-added vegetable products – written in conjunction with my business partner Hazel Mactavish West.

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Jane Milton

Food industry expert Jane Milton has been in the business for more than 30 years and has the inside track on all things food!

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Let Me Introduce You To Francis Gimblett, author of the Gimblett's Guide to The Best of British Cheese, and Co-Owner of Taste of the Vine, an Interactive Food and Drink Events Business. ,
byJane Milton

Let Me Introduce You to Francis Gimblett, Author of Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses, and co Owner of Taste of the Vine, an interactive food and drink event company.

Francis and I met in Spring 2021 when I joined one of his monthly Friday evening meet the cheesemaker tasting sessions. I learned so much and loved meeting the cheesemakers. I told other people and very quickly was joined on screen by 10-12 friends each month ….

My copy of Francis book , Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses has become very well thumbed and through it i have tracked down cheesemakers around the UK and even found a cheesemaking course in Tottenham, London inspired by him.

He is a great story teller so i know you will enjoy hearing about :

  • his journey in food and drink
  • people who have inspired or encouraged him
  • his French mother’s cooking and how that added to his food journey
  • how he has for many years, resisted repitition and always desired change, t learn or to reinvent things BUT
  • how possibly now after almost 2 years of constant change, he my just be happy for a little more predictability for a while
  • we talk about work life balance and partnering in business with his wife
  • about the importance of understanding your P&L and planning for your business right from Day 1
  • we also get a hint or two about his next taste adventure….

I cannot wait

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