A family run business started in 1975 as a dairy farming partnership under Roger Bishop the name of Pensworth Farms by two brothers, Roger and Cliff Bishop, and George Jeffreys who owned the local Newhouse Estate in Redlynch, near Salisbury. The three partners started milking 200 Friesian dairy cattle.
In 1988 the partnership made the bold decision to leave the Milk Marketing Board and started their own on-farm milk processing and bottling operation utilising existing farm buildings and selling its own farm milk to local households. This evolved over the next 10 years to encompass about 10 doorstep delivery rounds and 12 wholesale lorry routes, which serviced the local shops, service station forecourts and catering businesses.
In 1989 the business was expanding so quickly that it decided to cease the processing of milk in order to concentrate on its sales development and became a buyer of milk from the main milk processor in Southampton called Vines Model Dairies.
Over the years the company continued to invest in the factory with the aim of increasing its capacity and improving its efficiency. The company also continued to expand its production and its distribution throughout the South and South West of England, becoming a prominent player in the supply of milk to the retail and catering sectors.
Pensworth recently joined forces with Leicester based dairy company Kirby & West. Combining their ideas and workforces, both companies have managed to expand their delivery range and are now bringing fresh milk and dairy products to a rapidly growing number of the population.
For a number of years Pensworth have held accreditation to enable supply into the NHS, schools and the Public Sector. In 2016 SALSA accreditation was obtained which enabled the addition of the Red Tractor logo to be added to the milk. Accreditation from Organic Farmers and Growers is also held for the increasing amount of Organic milk being processed.