With over 200 years of experience trading in the UK Food and Drink Industry, Petty Wood has built a reputation for successfully managing some of the most recognised and sought after brands in the Country.
With national distribution and a range of over 2000 products, we offer a diverse product portfolio and multi-channel market coverage that is without equal within the industry. Our experienced commercial team are able to create clear results driven business plans that are then comprehensively implemented by our sales team throughout every channel within the business. Brand building is at the heart of everything we do and activating trade initiatives, both at head office and store level is where we excel. This is supported by a very strong operational and logistics platform at our 100,000 sq ft warehousing facility in Hampshire. In addition, our in-house creative studio in London ensures we can command a unique position of total supply chain solution provider for our brand owners.
2016 marked a significant historic milestone for Petty Wood as it celebrated 200 years of trading within the UK food and drink industry.
To put this into context, it first started trading one year after the Battle of Waterloo and over 65 years before Marks & Spencer opened their first Bazaar in Leeds! From the very beginning from their original offices at 53 Threadneedle Street in the City of London, the business model created by Mr Petty and Mr Wood was built on growth through innovation. During the 19th century the Wood Family took control of the business and made significant investments in building a purpose built distribution centre at Southwark Bridge Road, in the heart of London.
Here they procured products from around the world such as tea, dried fruits, cereals and spices, which they supplied to manufacturers and retail customers. During the late 1800s the company became a pioneer for the packaged grocery trade, investing in vehicles with combustion engines rather than horse drawn carts and becoming the first business to install a telephone line between North & South of the River Thames. It also became one of the first companies to repack bulk goods into small parcels for sales through retail shops. In 1891 they even launched their own brand called Epicure, which is still going strong to this very today.
Fast forward to today and the business is still privately owned although not by the Wood family and continues to pride itself on a strategy driven through innovation. The business operates from a London office only 400 yards from the original warehouse in Southwark but the warehousing and operations moved to Hampshire in the 1970’s.