West Country Milk Exhibits at Compass Expo

01 September 2016

With thousands of sites all over the UK Compass has a strong demand for daily delivery of Dairy Products to support its units. Whether within schools, workplaces or Michelin Start restaurants, Compass units demand Fresh, Regional produce.


West Country Milk took ‘Daisy’ (a suspiciously Land Rover shaped Cow) to the Compass exhibition held at Excel London and met with Managers and Site Operatives across all sectors of the Compass business, from Chartwells to Restaurant Associates.


Emily Armitage, Category Manger for Compass Foodbuy, stated “This is only the second year for the annual Compass Expo and already it’s well and truly up and running with 150 suppliers exhibiting. It’s a really fantastic opportunity to meet with so many key stake-holders in our business”.

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West Country Milk Shortlisted for Supplier Awards

21 September 2016

Compass UK, the largest Contract Caterer in the World, has announced the finalists for their Supplier Awards 2016. West Country Milk has been short-listed in two categories, Supply Chain and Implementation.

Danny Raleigh, General Manager for WCM stated, “It’s really exciting to be short-listed in not one but two categories. Given the scale of the Compass Organization we are up against some very large suppliers when competing for honours and so as an SME we are all really thrilled to be recognized in this way”.

In support of West Country Milk’s entry Compass Category Buyer, Emily commented “West Country Milk are a key supplier within Compass and have always been incredibly supportive and efficient when mobilising new sites and transitioning them over from alternative Suppliers. This was made even more apparent during the recent introduction of Foodbuy, they look well set to continue to play a key role in our upcoming strategies.”

The award winners will be announced at the Compass Gala Dinner to be held at London Excel on Wednesday 21st September.

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West Country Milk and Bristol Schools

01 June 2016

West Country milk visited a selection of Primary and Secondary Schools in the Bristol area to engage with students and educate them regarding where milk comes from and the health benefits of drinking milk. Tasting sessions of whole, semi and skimmed milk were carried out along with group discussion based around educational cartoon flyers.

“The clients felt this was a great way to engage with the students, encouraging them to taste the milk and information through the print outs was great, showing the health benefits of drinking milk. I sent feedback from Daniel to our nutritionist who was delighted with the support we received. Our students become a lot more engaged when suppliers showcase their products and our clients like this support especially when local suppliers are involved. Thank you for your support!”

Karen Roberts – Regional Manager, Chartwells

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West Country Milk to Supply Key Schools Contract

01 May 2016

Entrust work in partnership with schools, academy trusts and local authorities to provide specialist expertise, ensuring every child and young person receives a good education, is in a safe and healthy environment, and is given expert guidance to realise their full potential.

In May, the Compass Chartwells business unit requested assistance from West Country Milk to support nearly 300 Entrust School sites with daily delivery of a range of fresh dairy and morning goods. With Local Provence being key for both Compass and Entrust WCM were able to source a range of produce, including Organic Milk, from their local partner Wells Farm Dairy in Staffordshire.

Ian Elsbury, Operational Excellence Manager at Compass explained “I have been very impressed with the flexibility and support provided by West Country Milk in approaching the challenge of switching the Milk provider to a core supplier within Compass without any impact on the operators and clients. Strong local provenance is one of the key requirements of the supply chain for Entrust, Danny from WCM provided 3 different options outlining not only the financial impact but the provenance of the product and packaged to allow us to present to the client and provide a very quick turnaround and seamless transition”

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West Country Milk and The Brend Hotel Group

20 July 2017

At West Country Milk we are extremely proud to offer a quality personal service often associated with a family owned business. Although our history only goes back to the turn of the century, we are pleased to have recently increased our association with The Brend Hotel Group, owned by the Brend family, who have played a prominent role in the hospitality sector of the West Country for nearly a century.

There are many similarities between the businesses, with generations of the founding families now employed within both businesses. A passion for providing a quality personal service and a commitment to operating at the highest possible standard are key values for both businesses. Alan Bartlett Business Development Manager at WCM stated, ‘on joining the company in April 2016, the synergy between the two businesses became clear. As a local ‘lad’ I have known of the outstanding reputation of The Brend Group for many years, so I was delighted to play a part in launching our supplies to them and look forward to a long term relationship’.

The Brend Group operate a collection of 11 luxury hotels across Devon and Cornwall including 18 restaurants. West Country Milk first supplied the Devon Hotel, based in Exeter in February 2017, adding the Belmont and Victoria Hotels in Sidmouth in May 2017, before commencing supplies to the Group’s hotels in North Devon over the last month.

David Roden, Food Buyer, for The Brend Group said that ‘ we have a history of building and maintaining long term relationships with our suppliers. To switch the supply of such key products was not an easy decision. West Country Milk have proved that they provide a first class personal service and high quality products, encouraging us to grow our business with them’.

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