In 1947 my Grandfather, Harry Ross, opened a small Butchers shop selling quality butchery to the public. My father, Colin Ross, joined in 1960 and concentrated on expanding the catering side of the business. In 1977 he opened “Harry.S.Ross (Wholesale) Ltd.” at new premises in Ryde, producing high quality meats and meat products for the catering trade.
As the business rapidly developed, in February 1983 Colin opened new premises in Newport and transferred the wholesale business from Ryde. In June 1985 the company name was changed to “Medina Quay Meats Ltd” trading as Medina Meats.
In July 1988 I joined the family business straight from school and emersed myself in all aspects. Initially, I focused on developing and growing the manufacturing side and then the frozen, which is now a major part of what we do.
In 1997 I became a Company Director as my parents took more of a back seat and just a year later Caroline joined us and took over as Office and Sales Accounts Manager. She immediately helped to improve standards and sales and continues to do so to this day.
In February 2001 we purchased an additional warehouse to utilise even more ambient and non food products. The increase in our range of products proved popular with customers. We also changed our trading name to “Medina Foodservice” to try to better encapsulate our extensive product offerings.
In March 2002 my parents fully retired. Caroline and I purchased the remaining shares. It proved to be an exciting year as later that year we had a delightful baby boy, Brandon.
During November 2007, we expanded our delivery area to include the New Forest and it didn’t take long for this to grow even further. We now deliver six days per week and to a much larger area of the south. The other benefit being that we can collect specialist products and support more local producers by dealing with several other wholesales and manufacturers.
In January 2010 we purchased Manor House Produce, a long established local fruit and vegetable wholesaler. Most importantly we kept all the existing staff for their knowledge and experience in this field. Our produce is sourced as locally as we possible can, direct from growers where possible.
In June 2011, after a year of pestering Red Funnel Distribution, they finally gave in and sold us their distribution premises. I had made plans for the whole building several months before we completed and from the minute it was signed, we had contractors in immediately to start excavating for the 6,000 cubic metre freezer. We moved everything in over one weekend on November 5th moving approximately 1,000 pallets – it was quite a weekend!
April 2019 has seen a further exciting expansion, with the introduction of our own 28,000 sq ft premises in Millbrook, Southampton. With storage and distribution for ambient, frozen and chilled products, this also serves as a permanent base for a fleet of our vans to operate from, further allowing us to extend our delivery area.
At our new base together with our 30,000 sq ft warehouse and offices on the Isle of Wight, we run productively and efficiently. Our capacity enables us to have high stock holdings and also be able to purchase in high volumes. Our butchery and ready to eat preparation areas meet the highest standards possible for food hygiene, having been awarded both SALSA and STS certification in 2019 in addition to our 5 star food hygiene rating which we are proud to maintain year on year.
We are proud to supply our customers, many of them being prestigious hotels and restaurants, public houses, fast food outlets, care homes, schools, outside caterers, ice cream parlours and beachside cafés. We continuously strive to improve and maintain our quality, standards and service and this is where we pride ourselves compared to our competitors.
Steve Ross Managing Director