John Palin (Wholesale) Ltd has established itself as one of the largest independent wholesalers and distributors of fresh produce in the country.

John Palin (Wholesale) have been supplying fruit and vegetables in Derbyshire for over 150 years. From the humble beginnings of selling from a horse and cart, it has grown in to the large profitable company it is today, and as such is now established itself as one of the largest independent wholesalers and distributors of fruit and vegetables in the country.

The previous owners Roger and Sam Palin were the seventh generation of the Palin family to be involved in the business. In January 2004 there was a management buy-out and the company is now owned by David Newton and Neil Norman who have worked their way up through the company and now undertake the key buying and selling roles.


Using only approved suppliers, we import large volumes of fresh produce daily, direct into our depot seven days a week. This ensures our stock is always fresh and of the highest quality.

  • Our HACCP system ensures every delivery made into our depot is checked for quality and size specification by key personnel before unloading. This ensures any problems can be taken up with the supplier at the earliest opportunity
  • Temperature controlled warehouse facilities and vehicles ensures produce stays as fresh as possible up to delivery. Strict cleaning schedules are in place and an annual deep clean ensures high cleanliness standards
  • BRC certification in Food Storage & Distribution as well as STS accredition show quality is to a high standard
  • Full tracability ensures any non-conformance can be traced back to supply
  • All Staff are trained in Food Hygiene safety


  • At John Palin (Wholesale) Ltd we employ our own delivery staff which ensures continuity and promptness of delivery
  • Routes are reviewed daily to provide the most efficient service for our customers and reducing food miles. Vehicles are fitted with tracking facilities to help customer service
  • We have excellent customer relations, maintained through our dedicated sales team and customer support, who are always on hand to deal with any queries arising


John Palin (Wholesale) Ltd are dedicated to providing best quality at best price.

  • Our buyers use this principle so our customers can be confident they are receiving the best deal possible, giving up to date advice on price fluctuations and trends.
  • Fixed pricing structures by week, month or quarter if required