F. Milford’s: A Local Grocer in the Community of Exeter

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Milford and Son’s started in 1908 as a family-run local grocer, a tradition that continues to this day.

Cousins Steve Hawley and Paul Milford began their F. Milford’s careers running the grocer’s market stall in Exeter back in the 1980’s. They have since risen within the company and are now Director’s, sourcing the best fruit and vegetables from South West suppliers for our customers and ensuring that our food safety standards remain high.

Through the years, we have expanded from a small fruit and vegetable shop in Paul street to a wholesaler based in Marsh Barton, but something that hasn’t changed is our values.

  • We work with many South West suppliers, getting our fruit and vegetables delivered to us from as close as possible to ensure that they are the best quality and freshness for our customers.
  • And, our produce isn’t the only thing that we source locally, we also buy our stationery and sundries from other local companies in and around Exeter.
  • We always either reuse our produce boxes or donate them to other local businesses who can make use of them.
  • We support many local charities and events, including Force Cancer Charity bike ride.

Our values underpin everything that we do at F. Milford’s, and as well as helping the local economy and community, they also help us reduce our carbon footprint and make us more environmentally friendly, something that is important to us as a local grocer.

If you would like to talk to us about what products we currently have and how we could help your business, then please get in touch with us today by calling us on 01392 274 035 or emailing steve@fmilfords.co.uk.


5 Tips From Your Local Grocer To Help You Reduce Your Food Waste

F. Milford and Son’s, Exeter’s local grocer and wholesale food supplier, care a lot about the environment and try to look after it in any way that we can. Food waste is something which negatively impacts our environment; here in the UK we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food each year!

This has multiple affects; if it is put into landfill then it will produce methane, a greenhouse gas – which absorbs the sun’s heat and warms the atmosphere. It also means that all the water, energy and time which was put into producing the food was wasted, and that we have spent a lot of money on food which we have not used.

At F. Milford and Son’s, we minimise the amount of food that we send to landfill, by donating any produce that has passed its sell-by-date to local farmers. We also offer products that are not at their best, but perfect for making soup with, to our customers at reduced prices. But there are other options – here are 5 simple ways that you can reduce your food waste too:

1.     Freezing food – You can freeze food right up until its ‘use-by’ date, you don’t need to freeze it on the day that you purchased it. This is a great tip for cutting down your food waste as you can freeze things that you know you won’t be using for a while, though always be aware of how long things can be frozen for before they should be thrown away. Here is a helpful chart which has information on the ‘freeze-life’ of different foods.

2.     Plan your meals and make a list before you go shopping – This is a great way to ensure that you don’t buy things that you don’t need. When you plan your meals for the next few weeks, go through your cupboards and fridge/freezer to write down what you already have. Then you will know exactly what it is that you need to buy from the shop and what you don’t.

3.     Reduce portion sizes – Most of us tend to over-produce food for our meals. By reducing these portions, you will lower the amount of food that you throw away because you haven’t eaten it; leaving you with more ingredients to make other meals. If you do make a bigger portion than you meant to, then a great way to reduce food waste is to use the leftovers as lunch or dinner the next day.

4.     Re-sealing food in airtight containers or packaging is also a handy way to reduce your food waste. By doing this, you can make your food last longer than it would in the open and won’t need to buy more food for longer. Also, most food comes in packaging which helps it to last longer, so don’t give in to the temptation to remove the packaging which products are sold in.

5.     Knowing the difference between ‘use-by’ and ‘best-before’ dates will help you better understand which foods can be saved for a later date and which ones need to be eaten sooner:

Use-by: the ‘use-by’ date is very important for safety; foods cannot be eaten after this date has passed. This date is used on foods which go off quickly such as meat and eggs. You cannot freeze food after its ‘use-by’ date as it will already be unsafe to eat.

Best-before: this date is to do with quality rather than safety. Foods with a ‘best-before’ date can be eaten after the date has passed, though it won’t be at its best and won’t taste as good. These dates are used on frozen, tinned and dried foods.

As a local grocer and food supplier, we hope that you have found these food waste reduction tips helpful and you can use them to help reduce the staggering amount of food that is thrown away yearly in the UK and save yourself some money in the process. Contact us today if you would like to discuss the different products that we have available or to put in an order.