Reopen Your Business in 2021


After one of the most unsettling and unexpected 12 month periods in recent memory, the government’s recent roadmap for coming out of lockdown showed some light at the end of the tunnel. Of course, there’s still some way to go and as was emphasised at the time, and repeatedly since, is that nothing is set in stone.

As ambiguous as the plans are, one thing we do know is that the likelihood of going back into national lockdown is small. This is fantastic news for businesses up and down the country. Yes, the next few weeks will continue to be tough and we’re not quite out of the woods yet so to speak, but now is absolutely the right time to start thinking about reopening and planning everything to welcome all your customers back.

Thomas Ridley are proud to be one of the UK’s leading independent delivered food wholesalers, with over 100 years’ experience Delivering the Best in Foodservice. We are here to help you get up and running again.

With over 10,000 lines across 1000 brands, we really do have something for every business. Safety is as important for us as it is for you and your business as you reopen – take some time to look at this link from the FSA to make sure you’ve done everything you need to ahead of lockdown being lifted. And rest assured, all deliveries will be made in line with latest government guidelines.

As well as the intricacies of reopening a food business – restarting daily checks, bringing in new additional checks, updating your Food Management System and managing personnel changes and staff training or retraining – there’s the more practical stuff to think about too...  Menu development, seasonality, food takeaways and delivery packaging. All important aspects of successfully reopening.

Food Takeaway & Delivery Packaging

In the first instance, takeaways will be back on menu ahead of full reopening. If your business has, or will be adapting to a takeaway and delivery service - where your menu can be enjoyed in the comfort of your consumer's homes - be sure to have the disposables you will need to provide this offering to the public.

Now more than ever, consumers expect choice and many people are continuing to support local businesses whilst they transition back to full reopening. Don’t miss out - our range of packaging and disposables includes environmentally friendly and compostables that are perfect to transport your menu including Food Boxes, Trays, Salad Bowls and Deli Pots. Whatever is needed for your business to adapt to a takeaway service, we have you covered! Check out the full range here.

There’s never been a better time to mix it up a little bit with some new ideas and menu items. At Thomas Ridley, we provide a total food service solution to the catering industry, delivering a comprehensive range of chilled, ambient, frozen, professional hygiene and catering sundries.

We audit 100% of our product data to ensure we have the industries best up to date technical allergens data.

We have:
- Over 10,000 products
-  Over 600 Suppliers
- Over 1000 Brands

All our suppliers are BRC or SALSA accredited, ensuring they meet a strict set of internationally recognised food safety and quality standards.

Why Thomas Ridley Foodservice?

Delivering the Best in Foodservice

Every vehicle in our fleet has multi-temperature storage allowing us to deliver each customer’s entire order in a single drop. This helps to improve convenience whilst significantly reducing road miles and our carbon footprint.

Caring about our customers

Every time you place an order online, we will send you an email the morning of your scheduled delivery, detailing estimated time of arrival and any item amendments. Our sales support team are also always here to help at the end of the phone.

Zero landfill status

As part of our efforts to divert waste from landfill, we offer a free plastic and cardboard collection service. Using on-site machines, we process the cardboard and plastic ready for recycling.

Waste oil collection

Have you heard about our waste cooking oil collection service? Our partner will collect all your waste oil and convert it into biodiesel, helping to reduce carbon emissions.

Operational Investments

Thomas Ridley have invested heavily to significantly improve our operational service. New automated multi-pick systems are now in use alongside our voice picking solution. Our online services have been boosted by a new full e commerce website, with benefits over the old system including:

  • A completely new ordering experience - Quick Order
  • Easy account management tools
  • Full product specifications available to download
  • Invoices and statements
  • Menu lists
  • Advanced allergen filters
  • A PDF copy of all allergens for each of the products in your order sent with your online order confirmation
  • And a timesaving quick order function that allows for lightning-fast ordering, to name just a few new functions

Whether you're catering for residents in a care home, pupils or students in an education setting or consumers in the hospitality sector, your customer requires a range of delicious and customisable options suited to their needs.

Contact your Territory Manager for advice and to start planning your reopening.

Written by Thomas Ridley FoodService
Thomas Ridley FoodService
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