Gressingham acquires Smithfield meat business

The business, which comprises of four shops in Smithfield Market and one in Primrose Hill, was acquired for an undisclosed sum, through the newly-created Gressingham Smithfield Limited division. JF Edwards boasts a weekly throughput of over 250 tonnes and supplies beef, lamb, veal, mutton, rabbit, poultry, game and exotic meats, wagyu beef and smoked fish as well as procurements.

Gressingham said “it has a long association with Smithfield market and this is a very natural fit to expand the group​” as well as being “an exciting opportunity to grow the food service side of the business”.

Co-owner and joint managing director of Gressingham, William Buchanan said: “We see this as an excellent opportunity to grow the Gressingham business and provides the opportunity to diversify into new markets.”

Steve Barber has been appointed as managing director of JF Edwards and he will be supported by John Reid, who is currently managing director of Reid’s of Norwich, which Gressingham purchased in 2016.

In January 2017, Gressingham opened a £5m distribution centre​​ at its plant in Redgrave, near Diss in Norfolk.