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A short history

It started with fresh produce and a Contract Caterer... 

e-foods was founded in Manchester by Managing Director Paul Mizen in 2004.Paul knew that, in common with many industries, e-commerce was changing the landscape of the hospitality and catering sectors.

There were already consortia and buying groups giving businesses access to a wide range of products and pricing structures, however translating this into an online solution required new thinking.

A new approach was needed

e-foods came into being with a brilliantly simple purchasing solution “e-fresh” that allowed clients to gain access to the benefits of e-trading without making dramatic changes to the way they did business.

e-foods started with the supply of fresh produce – one of the most competitive product lines into the Contract Catering sector – typified by finely balanced food budgets. Success here demonstrated e-foods’ business model was effective and proved its ability to supply competitively. e-foods is still supplying that first customer today!

Since its launch the company has seen rapid growth for its uniquely complete purchasing solution. Investment in systems and servies is continual and the current solutions are industry leading for flexibility and performance.


“Today, e-foods supplies all sectors of the food and hospitality industry across a host of food and non-food categories.”

Paul Mizen
Managing Director, E-foods