Our story began way back in 1999, when David and Simon – food professionals and entrepreneurs – opened their first gourmet coffee and sandwich shop in the Thames Valley. Word spread quickly, and their business expanded to offer catering service to local companies.
In 2009, they launched To Go Micro Kitchens, our dedicated office pantry service. The company quickly gained high-profile tech clients looking for a single source office pantry provider (micro-kitchen service) to match that of their Californian headquarters.
To Go were happy to oblige!
In 2015, they founded the To Go Group, which continues to thrive and grow. Today, To Go serve a broad range of clients including many household names across the EMEA.
In 2020/21, we added two new To Go brands — Snacks To Go and iCanteen. These two innovative snack and drink services are helping companies adapt to the ‘new normal’ brought about by the global pandemic.
To Go founded as gourmet coffee & sandwich shop in the Thames Valley.
Word spreads fast! To Go creates cafes in offices.
Investment in Kingdom Coffee, an ethical coffee supplier.
With demand quickly increasing, To Go Micro Kitchens is created.
To Go moves to bespoke production unit in Reading.
Service expands across Thames Valley, London and EMEA.
Formation of To Go Group Ltd, comprised of two distinct companies serving different needs.
We are asked to find a office pantry finder in Budapest for one of our regular customers (who is based in California and was opening a large office in Budapest). We sourced a vender, trained them, and helped to set up the service. We are still working with them. Take a look.
David and Simon are approached to provide Micro Kitchen Services in Singapore.
MK To Go Singapore opens and continues to expand.
Launch of new service and company, Snacks To Go.
Launch of new service and company, iCanteen.
As the To Go Group grows, we want to make sure that we’re giving something back to the community. By teaming with a local charity — the Providence Chapel in Reading — we’re helping to fight food poverty, especially among homeless people.
Despite its many changes, To Go remains the local company with a global perspective.
To Go has always taken sustainability seriously — right from the start, we used fair trade, ethical coffee that respected growers and the environment. Recently, we’ve invested in low-carbon delivery vans.
There are many ways for companies to reduce their carbon footprint. Rather than using a faceless project, To Go decided to work locally.
We are therefore sponsoring the Teague Farm Project which, amongst many activities, grows organic fruit and vegetables, plants wild flowers and an orchard, restores wildlife habitats and encourages community pollination from bees.
We are also currently working on a system with Teague Farm for recycling used coffee grounds.
Photos include: The fruit tunnel, pump drawing fresh water from the River Borne, a Teague Farm friendly resident, the fruit and veg cage, orchard planted.
When you’re offering an office pantry service, of course it’s important to have the basics right, such as reliability, cost-effectiveness and excellent customer service. But it’s also vital to understand and adapt to every clients’ individual work culture.
Our work with Indeed is a great example of how having a single supplier can make life easier.
Right from the early days of the To Go Group, we were focused on building long-term relationships with our clients. There’s something really gratifying about forging and keeping those connections, as well as adapting to a client’s changing needs.