About L&S Middleton
L & S Middleton began in 1960 when Leonard and Sylvia Middleton bought their first Fish and Chip shop in Darlaston. From 1960 to 1963 Leonard was buying fresh fish every morning at 5am from Birmingham markets to use in his first Fish and Chip shop in Darlaston
In 1963, the decision was made to expand this part of the business into supplying other local shops in the Midlands. Using an Austin Morris van, Leonard delivered orders that were taken the day before whilst Sylvia would continue to sell wet fish and prepare the Fish and Chip shop ready for frying at 12 noon.
During a forty year period of owning and operating ‘Chippies’, the chain of outlets reached a peak of ten shops across the Black Country, employing over 100 people serving their own brand of golden battered chips.
Due to the successes of the original fish sales, it became apparent that there was a market for all other products associated with the fish frying trade.As more products became added they quickly outgrew the stores at the rear of the Darlaston Fish and Chip shop and the decision was made to build a Cash and Carry at Cramp Hill in 1969 whilst also expanding the delivery services.
After years of continued growth and further expansion at Cramp Hill, L&S Middleton had once again outgrown its surroundings and was re-located to a 3 acre site at Somerford Place, Willenhall in November 1980. These larger premises enabled the company to expand their product lines and start supplying frozen goods. As Middleton Paper was also located at Somerford Place, this site became the groups first Head Office.
Continued successful trading meant that further expansion was eventually required. In 1988 this occurred with the purchase of the main road site with a prominent position on the Willenhall Road, Willenhall.
From this Middleton Business Park location, L&S Middleton has evolved into a major supplier to the Fish and Chip and Catering Industries. Supplying over one thousand product lines across the Midlands, on our fleet of ambient / frozen 7 ½ tonne delivery vehicles.
Middleton Food Products Ltd
Established in 1990, Middleton Food Products originally came from Leonard and Sylvia looking for a batter for their chain of Fish and Chip shops. Their desire to use only the best resulted in the Middleton Group building a production facility to manufacture their own blends.
Now supplying a complete range of catering and bakery mixes to the food industry, Middleton Food Products operates through a Quality Assurance System that has gained higher level accreditation by EFSIS (European Food Safety Inspection service).
To find out more please visit: www.middletonfoods.com
Middleton Paper Company Ltd
Middleton Paper Company began as a way of supplying the Middleton Fish and Chip shops with good quality wrapping paper. As the business grew the white new off cuts were being sold through the wholesale business and to other wholesalers. From these early beginnings the paper company has branched out into various diverse markets along the way.
Packaging Division – continues to produce high quality food grade wrapping paper used in the Fish and Chip industry as well as for more general catering and packaging requirements.
Recycling Division – recycles reel-ends and separates paper grades for re-use in paper mills across Europe.
Core Division – recycling of the cardboard core of the paper reel for re-use in other industries. Plus the new bespoke composite cores used in paper mills that can be recycled and re-used many times over, within the same industry.
Fine Paper Division – formed in the early 1980’s this is the largest of the Paper Divisions. The UPM Shotton Paper Mill initially supplied paper to newspaper printers. The business soon developed from newsprint into other paper grades suitable for magazine and gift-wrap printers. This Division is now located alongside the M6 at J9 in a new bespoke building where fine paper is produced for the merchant trade.
To find out more please visit: www.middleton-paper.com
Vision Paper and Board
Formed in 2008, Vision paper and board is the most recent addition to the Division. It is a new paper merchant operating from offices in the Midlands and the South East which trades directly with printers.
To find out more please visit: www.visionpaper.co.uk