Leathams is a London-based food distributor that has been at the cutting edge of innovation in the food industry since 1980, supplying the food service, ingredient and retail sectors.

Back then, its best-selling product was pheasant after Mark and Oliver Leatham started their business by plucking game in their kitchen and taking them to some of London’s finest restaurants by car. Forty years on and the company still has an incredible passion for high-quality produced food, meaning that each year for the last decade it has continued to grow, reaching a £100 million turnover in 2017.

Marketing and new product development are key drivers for the business now, with a product range that includes specialist grocery products as well as meat, poultry and fish and bakery and delicatessen options.
The company also has a strong commitment to improving its environmental impact. As a result, 2014 saw the first installation of 11 solar panels on its London site. This has meant that every year, the company has been able to produce approximately 210MWh of its own energy as well as saving 281,726.53kg of C02 emissions since the start of the project.


Dexeco was introduced to Leathams by another food service provider, Brakes and has carried out some retro-fit work to their existing sites in London. Since then, Leathams have taken on a further building in Chelmsford, Essex, and Dexeco worked on lighting solutions that would best fit the new building as well as keep efficiency levels in mind. Maintenance was also a big factor with this project. This meant that all products were set to self-test emergency and in the chill areas they were fitted with remote batteries to make any future maintenance as simple as possible. Also, all products in the warehouse were sensor controlled, enabling light levels to be reduced in areas that are unoccupied.

An example of this was the LED HIGHBAY, which was used in the freezer areas because it is highly efficient but also has remote emergency available and an integral sensor. Using the latest LED technology, the LED Highbay offers superb energy efficiency combined with lumen outputs that allow effective replacement of 400w metal halide luminaires. The LED Highbay also utilises lens control providing accurate distribution of light ensuring minimal wastage and energy consumption. In this case, the LED is controlled using a R11 sensor along with the REA- AP sensor controller. Seventy of these were supplied for this project.