History

Established in 1908

Many companies claim to be family run, but not many can trace their company history back as far as F Milford & Sons Limited – Fruit & Vegetable Merchants.

Our first retail fruit shop was opened by founder Fred Milford in Paul Street, Exeter in 1908.

By 1925, with the help of three sons, “the firm” had moved into wholesale, shortly afterwards purchasing premises in King Street, Exeter. At this time fruit and vegetables were collected from Newton Abbot train station in a horse and cart and delivered to the local market and the surrounding shops. This then progressed to lorry deliveries as times changed.

We were the first company in the area to pre-pack potatoes under our own brand of ‘Milpack’. Until 1964 we ripened our own bananas in specially built gas fired rooms.

With nearly 100 years experience behind the company the current Managing Directors, Paul Milford & Steve Hawley (cousin), can trace their history from that first fruit shop to their modern wholesaling unit, still in Exeter – still local, still family run and still supplying locally produced, quality fruit and vegetables to the county, just as they have been doing since 1908.

F. Milford today

What has changed over the years? Not much – Milfords is still an Exeter family firm, sourcing the best regional, seasonal, and quality supplies. We still supply wholesome food and we still go the extra mile, delivering the finest produce.

Fewer food miles and fresher tastes

Today, our produce is positively zippy. Because Milfords uses the closest and most local suppliers wherever possible, our fruit and veg will always arrive as fresh as possible. It makes for fewer food miles, fresher tastes, and happier consumers.

We’ve added more products, too. Like our Milpack pre-packed produce, artisan West Country breads, fresh dairy, and dry goods. Milfords supplies an ever-wider range of fresh produce, perfectly tailored to busy caterers, canteens, restaurants, and retailers.

 

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