In the early eighties, having served in the Falklands, a young man left the Royal Marines with the princely sum of £150 in his pocket. This he spent on nuts and fruits at his local Wholefood supplier and took a market stall. The next day he was back at the suppliers buying £200 of nuts and fruit…
Finally, having progressed from Market Trader to Manufacturer/Distributor, via Shopkeeper, Michael Pile was able to move on to pastures new (probably literally, as his one passion is hiking up and down stuff – legacy from his marine-days, I expect) Michael sold the business to one of his team members late in 2008, Owen Day, who took over as Managing Director from Michael late in 2009. The company supplies Health Food Shops, Wholefood Shops, Delicatessens, Greengrocers, Farm Shops, Manufacturers, Bakers, Wholesalers, Caterers, Loose Food retailers (Scoop Shops), Sweet Shops and Cruise Liners. We have customers in five different EU countries. Oh, and the supplier from whom Michael bought his first stock is still in business, and we now supply them.
In 2000, we were outgrowing our third set of premises (5,000 sq ft), and, rather than go through the upheaval and expense of moving again, we took on the unit next-door-but-one (not next door, that would’ve been too easy), taking us up to 8,000 sq ft. To cut a long story short, we eventually filled in the gap and we now occupy nearly 13,000 sq ft of warehouses on this site.
All our own products are hand-packed by our trained operatives to maintain our high quality standards. Everything is packed to order; we hold no stocks of our products pre-packed.
We pack Organic
In 1998, we expanded our packing facilities to allow for the segregation of products necessary to pack organic items. We are certified by Organic Farmers & Growers and all organic products packed by us bear the EU organic symbol as your guarantee of authenticity and traceability.
We pack own label We can label all products packed by us with your name and address. We have no retail outlets and see no reason to promote our name by putting it on your stock. There is no charge for this service. Our labelling software is very flexible and enables us to offer a virtually bespoke label to each of our customers to reflect a distinctive house style, logo or colour scheme. All labels can be bar-coded, and carry nutritional and allergen information
We mix We list over twenty varieties of muesli, and when you add in the nut mixes, fruit mixes, sweet snack mixes, and the unlisted bespoke mixes for specific customer requirements, we probably mix and pack around a hundred different lines. If you require something we aren’t listing, please ask.
We mix Organic Of course, the above applies equally to organic products, where the ingredients are available, and the demand exists.
We deliver Our operating area, at present, extends from Ipswich to the North East across to Gloucester in the North West and is bounded by the sea to the West, South and East. Within this area we deliver on a weekly basis, and, subject to minimum delivery requirements, delivery is free. We only use carriers when specially requested for urgent overnight service or out-of-area deliveries.
We give discount We offer generous discounts, subject to minimum order value on a sliding scale based on total order value.
We split cases Many of the branded goods we sell are available in part cases, and all products packed by us are available in half cases. i.e. normal case = 10 x 250g, 1/2 case = 5 x 250g. Unlike some suppliers, there is no surcharge for this service.
We listen If there is something special you need that we can source from one of our many suppliers, or a bespoke mix that we can make up for you, then we will try. You have only to ask.
AND IF, AFTER READING ALL THE ABOVE, THERE IS STILL SOMETHING YOU AREN’T SURE ABOUT, JUST ASK. WE’LL DO OUR BEST TO GIVE YOU AN ANSWER, OFTEN THE RIGHT ONE.
This represents a range of the brands we stock. For a full listing please see our catalogues which can be downloaded from the buttons at the end of this page.
|Michaels Wholesale Foods Ltd
(Incorporating Michaels Wholefoods) Units 5,6 & 7
Northdown Industrial Park
St Peters, Broadstairs, Kent
Tel: 01843 604601
Fax: 01843 604603
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