Under his leadership, the company's sales have more than tripled, with annual bottomand top-line growth over the same period.
Chief executive officer William Burgess said: "Paul has been an outstanding chairman, supporting me and my executive team through some very challenging and exciting times. He leaves the business in great shape and in a position to take on future challenges.
"While the first half of 2010 was a particularly difficult trading period, we are very confident about the year ahead. We wish Paul the very best of luck with his other ventures."
Produce World is now searching for a successor to Wilkinson - with the support of global executive search expert Boyden.