Tom Assheton had his damascene moment in the mid 90’s, the result of which is our Tomtom business today. On a trip to France to visit the British and Commonwealth War Graves he purchased, on a whim, a box of Cuban cigars. A box of Romeo y Julieta Petit Julietas. On return from France, and with the box smoked, he declared a change of direction – goodbye to the Rural Surveying job and hello Cigar Merchant. His wife immediately dispatched him to Havana and so begun the first steps to the foundation of Tomtom Cigars (www.tomtomcigars.co.uk)…and further down the line the Tomtom cafés.
In the back of Tom’s mind was the happy memory of the coffee bar he encountered in the Partagas shop. Unable to shoe-horn a bar into the cigar store at no. 63 Elizabeth Street,
London, SW1W 9PP, Tom decided to open a separate establishment at the end of the street.
August 2008 saw the arrival of Tomtom Coffee House at 114 Ebury Street, London, SW1W 9QD.
The success of this café venture prompted a further local step: Tom opened Tomtom Mess Hall one street away in July 2014.
Al Thiqa Food Group Company acquired Tomtom Limited early 2019, when Tom decided to retire.
Established in 2008, Al Thiqa Food Group Company (TFGC) is a Kuwaiti owned company, that owns, operates & distributes some of the leading brands in Kuwait, the Middle East & the United Kingdom.
TFGC has two sectors: Restaurant and FMGC & Manufacturing. The Restaurant sector currently leads, manages and develops over 13 brands from QSR to casual / fine dining in over 60 locations. The FMCG & Manufacturing sector, holds the title as the number one producer & provider of seafood throughout Kuwait with over 40 Danah branches, owns 2 butcheries; The Chopper & MeatChops, selling premium meats, and a wide range of specialty items, as well as being the sole distributor for the Quaker brand under its import distribution division.
TFGC’s top management provide over 100 years of combined experience in F&B and FMCG to the company, and consists of a dedicated team of over 2,000 members. With two processing plants, 14,000+ Cu.M of production & storing facilities as well as 160+ vehicles for delivery & distribution in Kuwait. TFGC aims be one of the leading regional corporations in the food & beverage business.