Pioneer Foodservice announces death of chairman Andrew Jenkins

Pioneer Foodservice has announced the death of its chairman Andrew Jenkins.

Jenkins joined Pioneer in the 1950s, working for his father, Bob. He became managing director in the 1970s, and oversaw the expansion of the business.

“He became a ‘pioneer’ of his time and was integral in seeing the business develop and move to Rosehill,” said a company spokesperson. “He also ambitiously expanded into the north east of England, opening a depot in Gateshead. His foresight and judgement have helped our business be what it is today.”

In the 1990s, Andrew passed his legacy onto his sons, Graham and David, and he became chairman.

“He might have been in his 80s, but he still loved and enjoyed playing an active role in our business,” said the spokesperson. “He was known for being a true gentleman, and his wit and jokes will remain in everyone’s memories, notably his recollections of his army days. Andrew’s love for football and Carlisle United knew no bounds and he was immensely proud when a stand was named after him last year.

“He will be sorely missed by all those who worked with him and loved him.”

Jenkins is survived by his wife Dianne (both pictured) and his sons.

Tributes have poured in from friends and work associates following his death. Gary Mullineux, managing director of Caterforce, commented: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Andrew Jenkins, chairman of Pioneer Foodservice and one of the founding members of Caterforce.

“An incredible man, with a real passion for the family business and local community. Lost but never forgotten, his legacy lives on through his two sons, Graham and David. Two incredible people who Andrew was very proud of. RIP Andrew.”

Published Date: July 10, 2024
Category: Wholesale Industry News