With over 40 years in the industry, The Heritage Fine Food Company is a BRC certified fruit and vegetable wholesaler based in Wiltshire that supplies restaurants, cafes and schools throughout the South West.
In addition to being a fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Heritage Fine Foods also offers a home delivery service, Heritage at Home, and a fruit and vegetable box subscription service, 5ADAY Box.
Ken and Kay Mortimer
Ken Mortimer, manager, started as a farmer in Bromham at the age of 20 and eventually opened 37 vegetable grocery stores with his brother Neil. The stores all closed in the 1990s when food purchases moved to supermarkets located outside of town. At this point, Ken started wholesaling restaurants, cafes, nursing homes, and schools. In 2005, the 5adaybox home vegetable box delivery service was born. The company currently supplies parts to the South West region.
âThe majority of our business provides the restaurant industry with a range of accounts, including high-end accounts such as Marco Pierre White and Dyson,â said Ken Mortimer.
Ken with Marco Pierre White and Joe Croan, Executive Chef at Dysons on a warehouse tour
âHeritage has a fantastic relationship with local producers, farmers, artisans and suppliers, sourcing a variety of fresh and seasonal produce throughout the year. Where possible Heritage will source products from the South West or the UK, supporting local producers is extremely important and during the pandemic we were able to increase retail box orders and prevent some suppliers to close their doors whose only customers were restaurants that were not open. This has helped build more resilient communities, while supporting local artisans and farmers. “
Heritage has developed a collaborative approach to working with suppliers and investing in the local supply chain and can share forecast data for specific food products to help them with their production plans. This collaborative approach to working with suppliers means treating farmers as partners rather than subcontractors and investing in the long-term sustainability of the supply chain.
âThe most popular seasonal produce we currently sell are potatoes, squash, traditional carrots, kale, cavalo nero and the latest English corn. We import seasonal produce that does not grow in the UK and at the moment imported citrus is also selling well.