The Essential Food Co.

Our dry and chilled goods division, the Essential Food Company, takes pride in offering ‘every product, every day’. We know that customers understand the seasonal nature of fresh produce but that they also expect staple products like sugar, salt, oil and flour to be available whenever they need them. Similarly kitchen consumables should never be ‘out of stock’ – our commitment to stocking the things you need and delivering them when you need them is second to none. The extensive chilled range includes Cornish milk, butter and cream from Trewithen Dairy, free-range eggs from St Ewe, and a selection of Cornish cheeses from various producers, including 2010 World Champion, Cornish Blue, and other favourites like Cornish Yarg and St Endellion Brie. Dry goods come from trusted brands and our buying power is such that we can compete with the national distributors on price and offer significantly better service.

A digital copy of the Essential Food Catalogue can be found here.


Our huge state of the art warehouse is home to hundreds of ambient lines – the products chefs use day after day that provide the backbone to every commercial kitchen. Dried pasta, rice and pulses, flour, sugar, tea and coffee, herbs, spices, sauces and condiments, oils and vinegars, breakfast cereals, preserves and spreads, dried fruit, nuts and crisps, the list goes on and if we don’t stock it we can probably get it. With keen pricing on the big brands and service levels second to none, we are your back up larder, helping to keep your kitchen stocked through the busiest days of the year.

Dairy/Chilled Goods

 The South West is dairy country, lush grass means plenty of milk and we have some of the finest producers of milk, cream, butter and cheese in the UK. Our chilled range covers all the standard products the caterer would expect but also highlights this great dairy heritage – Trewithen Dairy’s products are perennial favourites with chefs, Roskilly’s provide us with organic milk as an alternative, and St Ewe with free range eggs in retail boxes and trays of thirty, we hold numerous Cornish cheeses in stock from Yarg to Cornish Blue, via Davidstow Cheddar and Cornish Camembert. 


Cleaning & Non-Food

We know it’s not just food that kitchens get through so we also stock the consumables you need to keep things clean and tidy; blue rolls and loo rolls, detergents and bleaches, mops heads and buckets, clingfilm, foil and baking paper. If takeaway is your thing then we are a one-stop shop for chip cones, pizza boxes, coffee cups and all your other sundries. Cleaning and non-food items might be at the back of our product list but we know how important they are in keeping your food business running, please don’t hesitate to call us with your specific requirements.