Serving you for longer than the Queen’s reign
Fairway family member Total Foodservice has reached a new milestone as the business is handed over to the fourth generation of the family that founded the firm back in the 1920’s.
Simon Howarth, deputy managing director, is taking over the reins as current managing director, David Pratt, retires after 40 years in the food service industry. It was Simon’s great grandfather, George Henry Howarth, who first established the business almost a century ago, selling fruit preserves by horse and cart to shops local to his jam factory in Huddersfield. Today, Total Foodservice employs 110 people and has an annual turnover of £15m.
Says Simon: “The heritage of our business is a source of great pride. To become the fourth member of my family to lead the business has been a lifelong goal and I’m looking forward to the challenges it will bring.
“I’d like to thank David for the exceptional drive he has shown in leading the business over the past 16 years. He will be sorely missed.” In 1990, David joined Howarth Catering Services, as the business was then known, after 25 years of working for various wholesalers in South Wales. He was elected to the board as commercial director in 1992 and became managing director in 1996.
Adds David: “My time at Total Foodservice has been the most exciting, challenging and enjoyable years of my career. I can leave the firm in the secure knowledge it is at its most successful to date and will continue to grow under the leadership of Simon and the whole board.
“I’d like to thank all of the colleagues, suppliers and customers I have worked with, past and present, for their friendship and support, and I wish Simon and the team all the success they deserve.” Total Foodservice recently opened a 36,000 sq. ft. flagship depot in Clitheroe, Lancashire, positioning it for continued expansion.
For further information on Total Foodservice log on to: www.totalfoodservice.co.uk