A geography teacher from Liverpool. Ivbijaro imported and bunched Fresh Fruits from his garage in Finchley and made deliveries in his VW Camper Van to all the top London restaurants.
Within a few short years, Efe & Ivbijaro secured a stand in Old Spitalfields Market and were the African tenants.
The 90’s were exciting, with Efe & Ivbijaro (some of you more ‘experienced’ chefs may remember John as the founder of the Fruit ‘n Veg world’s first ever market report) moving to a farm on the South Coast to grow veg, rear Aberdeen Angus and run the company’s accounts.
Today, Efe & Ivbijaro still supply London’s top eateries, but now we do so from our BRC accredited, refrigerated warehouses and we’ve replaced the VW Camper, with a shiny fleet of refrigerated lorries.
Our product offering’s evolved a bit too, we now supply every possible Fruit and Vegetable you can think of and a comprehensive range of Dairy and Deli.
Today, the company is run by Efe & Ivbijaro and many of our staff have been with the company for 10 – 20 years!
Our sales team are dedicated to ensuring Efe & Ivbijaro customers receive perfect service day in, day out.
We have an experienced telesales team at the end of the phone 18 hours a day and their product knowledge is second to none. We supply all sectors of foodservice including Michelin Star Restaurants, Contract Caterers, Schools, Cafe Chains & Restaurant Groups. Our trucks deliver six days a week, twice a day to London and the South East. For work outside of our fleet’s delivery area, we work with external hauliers and we are a supply partner to Osolocal, supplying National contracts regionally and o-so-locally!
What our clients say
From picking produce and delivering it on time to working with chefs on menu planning, the key to our success is simple: We love what we do.
Here’s what some of our clients have to say about us:
“Fooditude has worked with woods and Ivbijaro for well over 10 years—it’s a true partnership.
The family-based company means personal touch in everything they do. Nothing is ever a problem or too much trouble. Efe & Ivbijaro are a joy to work with”
Over 20 years in the industry means we have built up relationships with our customers and suppliers, seeing many grow substantially over the period. We work with our customers and help and advise where necessary in order to help them grow.
LOCAL PRODUCE FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES
We have the best suppliers in the industry, having worked with many of them for many years. First and foremost, we prioritise local British produce for our customers. Where the weather of the Blighty prevents local growth, we’ve got a wide range of suppliers further afield to provide the largest range of organic, quality produce in the industry.