Major food service companies around the country are having to cope with a major drop in demand after schools, pubs, restaurants and gyms were told to close last week. Many are finding alternate ways to distribute their produce while helping their communities access fresh fruit and vegetables.
“We have set up a click and collect service from our National Distribution Centre in Hertfordshire to service the local community and we are also helping our colleagues and their families as there are quite a few shortages in the retailers, particularly now in the fresh produce isles. As people have now filled up their freezers and stocked up on tins, they are now filling their fridges up with fresh produce,” said Andy Weir from Reynolds.
Reynolds is managing the business by reducing the amount of delivery days and the amount of trucks on the road, trying to be as efficient as possible while trade in the hospitality sector is very low.
“We are still delivering to the care homes and hospitals and that is for us and for the country the most important focus at the moment, making sure we look after our customers who need us. Meanwhile we are making sure we are as efficient as possible so that when things get back to normal hopefully as quick as possible, we are in a good position to take the brakes off and get going again.
"Some of our pub and restaurant customers in the UK are still operating deliveries and take away meals, so there is still some trade in that sector right now, but that could change now as the Government has announced a shut down."
Tony Reynolds, Managing Director of Reynolds made an appeal on Twitter to offer the company’s help to anyone who needs it.