Hopwells acquires Windsor Foodservice as part of growth plan

Tristan Hopwell (left) and Pete Whitehead seal the deal.

Hopwells, a family-owned frozen food wholesaler with six distribution centres across England, has acquired Windsor Foodservice.

The two companies, which have worked closely over many years, have finalised the deal as part of Hopwells’ strategic plan to expand its offering and geographical reach.

Hopwells, whose head office is in Bilborough, Nottingham, began trading in 1975, while Barnsley-based Windsor Foodservice has been established since 1989.

The acquisition by Hopwells has added a wide range of ambient goods, chilled products and premium, fresh meat and poultry to its portfolio. In addition, Hopwells will now offer an expanded frozen range. Windsor Foodservice has a well-established artisan patisserie – Pete’s Patisserie – offering desserts and cakes, which is also part of the deal. Similarly, Windsor Fresh Meats is a subsidiary business that is also included in the acquisition.

Hopwells’ managing director Tristan Hopwell said: “Hopwells is an independent family business which prides itself on its traditional family values. Windsor is also a family business, and we both celebrate the successes our family ethos brings to our customers. Hopwells and Windsor Foodservice have both grown our businesses from the ground up, and we’re both excited to bring together our joint experiences to form a leading position within wholesale.

“The acquisition of Windsor Foodservice is a natural fit into our current business, giving us the ability to grow, by offering a broader range of products to the customers of both companies.”

He added: “We currently have no plans to change the branding of either business. Both companies are well respected in their markets and known for the quality of their service and loyal customer base. We believe that by developing best practice across the brands, we will strengthen the existing services and products we can offer to our developing customer portfolio.”

Pete Whitehead, the current CEO of Windsor Foodservice, who will be retiring, said: “Our business is in great shape, and I am proud of the achievements made over the last 34 years. I started this business in my garage at home with just four chest freezers and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey, developing it into what we have now.

“For me, it’s the people who make Windsor – my family and the staff who have worked alongside me – and I know that they are now in the safe and secure hands within the Hopwells family. In many ways, our two companies are remarkably similar, and the success that both Hopwells and Windsor have enjoyed over the years is testament that our customers appreciate a great personal service with products that they can rely upon.

“Even though both Tristan and I have been competitors in business over the years, we are firm friends, and that’s why I know that my labour of love for Windsor will be honoured and nurtured into its next chapter. I am positive that Tristan and all the team at Hopwells will continue to build on the success of the business.”

Published Date: May 2, 2023
Category: Wholesale Industry News