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Our History

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1957

Dart Fresh was started as a wholesale fruit and vegetable merchant by Colin Dart as C.J. Dart Exeter. Geoff Pritchard joined the business one month later.

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1970

EXPAC was created by five local farmers, and we started supplying supermarkets. These included Tesco and Marks and Spencers.

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1972

Supermarket supplies grew with produce being delivered including potatoes, swedes, white cabbage and cauliflower.

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1978

Colin Dart took over EXPAC and merged it into the the Dart Fresh business.

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1984

Geoff took the opportunity to run Dart Fresh and John Pritchard (his son) entered the business.

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2012

John started to enhance the food service side of the business.

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2014

Steven Smith joined and brought dry goods, dairy and frozen to Dart Fresh.

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2017

Following considerable growth in the business, Dart Fresh became a Limited Company.

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2019

Jamie Walsh (John's son-in-law) joined the business. Soon after Bryan Howard also joined to add a full range of locally sourced, fully sustainable meat.