York-based wholesaler Miller Foodservice has joined the Fairway Foodservice buying group, as part of its plans to double its turnover.
Miller, a family-run company set up in 2003, has a strong reputation in the region for providing quality products and customer service to the foodservice industry. It has a turnover of £8.7m and employs 59 people.
And its managing director Garreth Wilson, who joined the wholesaler after six months, is seeking to ‘take the business to the next level’.
“Being a Fairway Foodservice member will play an important role in our growth”, he said. “Previously, we were standalone and had to negotiate with each individual supplier to get the best cost.
“Having Fairway take care of that element is vital. It takes the pressure off Miller Foodservice and allows us to concentrate on other aspects of the business such as winning new contracts and improving efficiencies.
“In addition, being a part of the Fairway membership gives us access to like-minded operations.
“This means we can seek advice and discuss problems and solutions with people who have been there and done it or are experiencing the same situation as us.”
Miller Foodservice was bought by Eden Farm in 2015 but maintains its family feel. Three family members have senior roles and are heavily involved in day-to-day operations.
It is also in the process of merging its operations to one site and recently invested in two new multi-temp vehicles to modernise its fleet.
The wholesaler becomes Fairway’s 19th member, and the buying group’s solid reputation in the industry played a crucial role in Miller Foodservice joining.
Garreth Wilson added: “Fairway has a good name throughout foodservice, and also boasts strong brands in its membership.
“Suppliers were also complimentary of Fairway and commented that they were reliable, competitive, friendly and helpful. Supplier comments were a factor in our decision to join the group.”
Fairway’s chief executive Chris Binge (poictured above left, with Wilson) added: “Miller Foodservice has a fantastic track record and is on course to achieve ambitious goals.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Garreth and his team to the growing Fairway group. We look forward to supporting Miller with our product range and expertise over the coming months and years.”