The Company

Martin Mathew & Co Ltd was founded over 50 years ago by James Donnelly

The company traded predominantly in wholesale canned meats in the early years before expanding into a wider range of ambient foods. The company grew steadily, establishing a generic range under the main brand "Riverdene".

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The company began importing during the early 1980's, mainly Italian tomato products then progressing to other Italian products such as pasta, pulses, vegetables & fruits. It was good commercial sense to look into other markets in Europe, such as Spain, Greece, Turkey, thereafter the Far-East and worldwide. We now operate in over 25 countries.

Originally based in Enfield, Middlesex, the head office moved in 1996 to Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. The company then subsequently moved into bigger offices in the county town of Hertford in May 2011.

We have National Sales Account Managers situated throughout the country to provide regional customer service.

Martin Mathew & Co are very aware of the changing market conditions, understanding that we need to react to these changes and the customers' demands.

We are keen to establish long-term trading partnerships with customers & suppliers alike, and are pleased to be associated with Blue Chip companies at home and abroad.

We strive to provide high quality products with a flexible and responsive service. With our quality focus, all our factories and premises are audited and only the approved are on our supplier list. In addition we are BRC accredited (Higher Level) and of course dealing with BRC-approved packers abroad strengthens our control over all aspect of quality management.

Company Timeline


Martin Mathew & Co is founded


Martin Mathew & Co starts importing from Italy


Turnover reaches £1.5million


Turnover increases to £7.5million


Head Office HQ moves from Enfield to Cheshunt, Hertfordshire


Acquired East Coast Storage, Kings Lynn


Head Office HQ moves to Hertford, Hertfordshire


Turnover reaches over £30million


Martin Mathew & Co achieve BRC Global Standard for Agents & Brokers certification


Currently employing 38 people dealing with over 25 countries


Celebrating 50 years Anniversary

Who's Who

The company Chairman & Founder James Donnelly is still actively involved in the management of the company.

The Joint Managing Directors, Martin Donnelly and Matthew Donnelly have been working within the company since the mid 1980’s and are responsible for purchasing, sales and pricing.

The Sales Director is Malcolm Smith who has a wealth of experience in the food industry, particularly the canned foods markets.

Loraine Haydon is head of H.R. and p.a. to the director's, an essential part of the team.

The shipping department is managed by Wayne Everett and Dom Byrne

Martin Mathew have two technical managers. The team is led by Kevin Hogan who is based in the Hertford Head Office.

Julie Dale and Harrison Parker are responsible for order processing and customer service.

Vikki Pipe is Head of credit control.

To ensure customer service and regional sales assistance we have regional sales managers located throughout the UK. To find your nearest sales contact please call Head Office on +44(0)1992 641641.