The A.E. Lenton group of Companies was founded in 1946 by Alan Lenton.

Initially marketing produce on behalf of the local growers to wholesale markets throughout the United Kingdom. He operated a fleet of lorries and would regularly drive one himself through the night making such deliveries.The Company soon moved into owning market stands in London, Brighton and Sheffield growing its own crops was the next step during the early part of the 1950's.The company also became an early supplier to Sainsbury's when the supermarket was really only a regional entity. The development of pack houses servicing a range of supermarkets followed with operations in Wisbech, Wyberton and Friskney.

In 1978 the company acquired J.S Frozen Foods which consolidated the group's position as a major supplier of vegetable products to the market place throughout the year. J.S.F.F today freezes English Garden Peas produced exclusively for it's markets by growers in Yorkshire.