Our History

Dryden Provision Co. is a quality wholesale meat and wholesale food distributor and food supplier in Louisville, KY. We have ‘served’ the area for over 50 years.

Driven by a desire to provide his customers with the best service and wholesale meat, William B. Dryden, Sr. founded Dryden Provision Company in October 1960, here is his story-  In 1949, as a territory salesman for the old Rath Packing Company in Waterloo, Iowa, Bill Dryden shipped fresh meats by railroad to a local cartage company for distribution to his customers in the Louisville area. However, by the early 1960’s freight costs dictatJohn Drydened that Rath provide only one rail food delivery to Louisville. Because most grocery stores and meat markets had very limited space in those days, Bill saw a real problem trying to keep his customers supplied with the highest quality fresh wholesale meat on a timely basis. As a result his solution was to buy the meats himself from Rath, find a place to store it, and finally..distribute it to his customers out of his station wagon.

With the help of one of his customers, Dryden was eventually able to secure a refrigerated building on East Jefferson Street in Louisville, in an area known as ‘The Haymarket’, a local farmers market of that era, thus

Dryden Provision Company

was born. Bill and his wife Dorothy worked around the clock in the early years to establish their business based on exceptional  customer service.

Dryden Provisions Cold TruckBy the mid-sixties they had outgrown their location, and the Urban Renewal project wanted to re-develop the Haymarket area.  With pressures internally and out, Bill decided it was time to move, so in 1967 Mr. Dryden built what was at that time ‘a state of the art’ food distribution warehouse of nearly 25,000 square feet. Constructed of concrete block and with a concrete roof, it was a facility built to withstand the fickle Ohio Valley weather. Not only was the outside of the facility built to last, but the inside was also made to handle the largest of food distribution orders with two refrigerated storage coolers and another massive, storage freezer.

Today,

Dryden Provision (with the second and third generation Drydens still involved) still operates out of the East Washington Street facility providing a vast array of pork, beef, veal, lamb, smoked, processed and deli meats, cheeses, salads and even a little poultry and seafood. And we continue to offer daily delivery and pick up for the local area, as well as supplying customers within a hundred mile radius of Louisville.

And that’s why we’re now referred to as “Dryden Providin’”.

Our Team

Bobby Pound.

GM, Bobby came to Dryden after a career as a meat buyer for Winn Dixie. UK fan. He tracks down the good buys like a hound dog. You’d never know by looking at him but he’s a darn good cook too.

John Dryden

(2nd generation) AKA “the big head” or the head of this organization. UL fan & wannabe golfer, John has worked at D.P.C since he was 11 (the good ole’ days before child labor laws)

Mike Hall.

Product Manager. Grew up in Butchertown and says he’s worked here since he was 6! Sometimes seems like it anyway. UL fan

Jessica Dryden Shreve.

Third generation Dryden. A/P & Payroll. Loves to run (@runningthemiles )UL and Patriots fan. Often found baking goodies for the crew

Vicki Montgomery

A/R & billing clerk. Georgia fan #godawgs (how did she get here! ) Spent early years in the fuel business

Ron Thompson.

Driver/warehouseman. UL fan, Ron spent years in the produce business before realizing the West wasn’t won on Salad!

Ron Kennedy

Driver/Warehouse. Ron’s been a meathead most of his life too. One of the few who claims he enjoys handling swinging beef! We think he bumped his head as a child. UL fan

Darrell Sears.

Driver/warehouseman. UK fan. Darrell’s been in the meat business most of his adult life (don’t anyone tell him there’s other ways to make a living)

Bobby Pound.

GM, Bobby came to Dryden after a career as a meat buyer for Winn Dixie. UK fan. He tracks down the good buys like a hound dog. You’d never know by looking at him but he’s a darn good cook too.

John Dryden

(2nd generation) AKA “the big head” or the head of this organization. UL fan & wannabe golfer, John has worked at D.P.C since he was 11 (the good ole’ days before child labor laws)

Mike Hall.

Product Manager. Grew up in Butchertown and says he’s worked here since he was 6! Sometimes seems like it anyway. UL fan

Jessica Dryden Shreve.

Third generation Dryden. A/P & Payroll. Loves to run (@runningthemiles )UL and Patriots fan. Often found baking goodies for the crew

Vicki Montgomery

A/R & billing clerk. Georgia fan #godawgs (how did she get here! ) Spent early years in the fuel business

Ron Thompson.

Driver/warehouseman. UL fan, Ron spent years in the produce business before realizing the West wasn’t won on Salad!

Ron Kennedy

Driver/Warehouse. Ron’s been a meathead most of his life too. One of the few who claims he enjoys handling swinging beef! We think he bumped his head as a child. UL fan

Darrell Sears.

Driver/warehouseman. UK fan. Darrell’s been in the meat business most of his adult life (don’t anyone tell him there’s other ways to make a living)

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