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ABOUT US

We are one of the UK's leading foodservice suppliers, with depots based in Southampton, Brandon, Bristol, Cheshunt, South Wales, Kent, Leicester, Sussex and Surrey.

Pensworth deliver to thousands of business customers, from shops and hotels, to wider fields of the catering industry, and many more. All of our products are of the highest quality, delivered to your kitchen from our modern fleet of refrigerated vans. To view our full Foodservice range click here.

We also deliver to thousands of household customers every morning, come rain, snow or shine, our customers wake up to fresh milk and produce. We refer to these customers as Doorstep customers, to check out our full range click here.

ENVIRONMENT

Pensworth care about the environment we operate in. We are always looking at the effect our operations & packaging usage has on the environment.

Our plastic bottles can be recycled within many local authority recycling schemes.

 

Our doorstep operation is very environmentally friendly and a high percentage of our customers have their milk delivered in returnable glass bottles as they have done for many years. It is common for these bottles to be used 30 times or more as our customers can rinse them out & return them to be used again and again. This greatly reduces our packaging impact on the environment.

Our deliveries where possible are made from electric milk floats which are very economical and do not have any emissions.

OUR HISTORY

A family run business started in 1975 as a dairy farming partnership under Roger Bishop the name of Pensworth Farms by two brothers, Roger and Cliff Bishop, and George Jeffreys who owned the local Newhouse Estate in Redlynch, near Salisbury. The three partners started milking 200 Friesian dairy cattle.

In 1988 the partnership made the bold decision to leave the Milk Marketing Board and started their own on-farm milk processing and bottling operation utilising existing farm buildings and selling its own farm milk to local households. This evolved over the next 10 years to encompass about 10 doorstep delivery rounds and 12 wholesale lorry routes, which serviced the local shops, service station forecourts and catering businesses.

In 1989 the business was expanding so quickly that it decided to cease the processing of milk in order to concentrate on its sales development and became a buyer of milk from the main milk processor in Southampton called Vines Model Dairies.

The company continued to expand and in July 2000 the company purchased its supplier of milk Vines Model Dairies in Southampton, acquiring the factory and milk business and again allowing the Vines family members to retire. At this time, Roger’s two sons Daniel and Gideon joined as directors to help take the business forward and in 2002 the Company restructured further to allow Roger Bishop to take semi-retirement completing the succession planning.

In 2004 the Vines doorstep milk-rounds were sold and the proceeds from the sale were utilised to allow the company to further diversify into the middle-ground catering market. At this time the business had sales of £11m and was distributing about 40million pints from its factory in Southampton and its distribution centre at its original home in Redlynch.

The company continued to invest in the factory with the aim of increasing its capacity and improving its efficiency. The company also continued to expand its production and its distribution throughout the South and South West of England, becoming a prominent player in the supply of milk to the retail and catering sectors.

In 2008 the company obtained an important strategic supply to the seven milk depots of Brazier Dairies business north of London. In August 2009 the Company purchased the business outright and then restructured the business into three major distribution centres at Watford, Aylesbury and Cheshunt.

The company has since continued to acquire additional sales and expand its distribution to cover most of the South of England and South Wales. The business now has sales of £60m and just under 200 employees, with milk now being produced BRC accredited factories. The depots which are spread throughout the South of England and Wales continue to expand rapidly.

Pensworth recently joined forces with Leicester based dairy company Kirby & West. Combining their ideas and workforces, both companies have managed to expand their delivery range and are now bringing fresh milk and dairy products to a rapidly growing number of the population.

ACCREDITATION

For a number of years Pensworth have held accreditation to enable supply into the NHS, schools and the Public Sector. In 2016 SALSA accreditation was obtained which enabled the addition of the Red Tractor logo to be added to the milk. Accreditation from Organic Farmers and Growers is also held for the increasing amount of Organic milk being processed.