Jason Tanner (Chairman)

I started working in 1986 as a stock controller at Emmets at Windsor where I got my passion  for the Fresh Produce Industry. Then in 1988 I moved to Louis Reece in New Covent Garden Market as a cashier, I was then quickly promoted to a Junior Salesman. After a couple of years I was asked to open and manage a Fruit Department for Louis Reece on the Growers Pavilion in New Covent Garden which quickly become a  successful business. Then came the opportunity to join Gilgroves Fruit Department working alongside Roger Garber which between us we turned the department around to make it a Major Fruit Wholesaler in New Covent Garden.

Roger and I both left Gilgrove in 1999 and joined Premier Fruit Western International as a joint venture and opened the company in New Covent Garden. After two years we split the company and independent from Premier Western International we opened up Premier Fruits Covent Garden Limited.

I am also active in contributing to the success of New Covent Garden Market through my role as Deputy Chairman on CGTA and we all look forward to the completion of the New Market.

Today we are the UK leading independent wholesaler and since our inception we have added Premier Fruit Catering, Premier Fruits Prepared and Premier Fruits Direct.

Going forward our aim is for the continued success and development of Premier Fruits as a major player in the UK Fresh Produce Industry.

Richard Hickson (Managing Director)

My fresh produce career starter in the mid-nineties with Fyffe’s, the leading fresh produce importer in Europe. During my years with Fyffe’s I have held such positions as Quality & Control, Banana Ripening, Production, Sales & Distribution, Commercial & Marketing and Importations. Working within these varied roles has helped in giving me the combined working knowledge needed to operate efficiently within this demanding industry.

The Premier fruits team has already achieved a great deal in a short space of time, including the recognition of their hard work from the RE-FRESH awards two years running. I start my new journey, safe in the knowledge that both my colleagues and I are fully committed in making Premier Fruits the continued success story that it is today. I’m committed to the Premier success story

richard.hickson@premierfruits.com