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.


From Fruity Beginnings To Exeter’s Local Wholesale Grocer

F. Milford and Sons may have started in 1908 as a small fruit shop in Paul Street, but over the years we have grown and expanded into one of Exeter’s biggest, local grocers. Our range now goes much further than just fruit and vegetables; we have dry goods, dairy products and more available.

As we have expanded, one thing has always remained the same – our dedication to sourcing the best ingredients and products. We are constantly on the look-out for the greatest products to supply to our customers; whether that is locally produced gluten-free bread and cakes or internationally renowned tea and coffee.

We source many of our products from as close to Exeter as possible; this saves on food miles, supports other local businesses and makes sure that our products are as fresh as possible. We believe that this sets us apart from other businesses; working with local suppliers ensures that our customers only get the best produce.

Our reputation within Exeter, as a wholesaler that works closely with suppliers and producers in the South West, is one that we are proud of. We prioritise local produce, and try and source as much of it from as close to Exeter as possible.

But our West Country connections don’t stop there – we also have a great selection of cheeses (including blue cheese and camembert), eggs and milk which are all produced in the South West.

Our selection of fresh, delicious bread is also not to be missed. We have many different types available; from thick-cut white loaves, crusty bloomers and bread rolls – we cater to all tastes and requirements. Our range of bread is supported by our gluten-free range, which includes bread and cakes, and are all available to order today.

We even have a great range of dry goods; including nuts, dried fruit and spices; everything you need to create delicious dishes and desserts. All sourced from, mostly family-run suppliers, West country suppliers.

From our beginnings as a small fruit shop, we’ve developed into Exeter’s local grocer – offering much more than just fruit and vegetables. Give us a call today if there is something which you would like to order from us, or to discuss what we have available.