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Over 100 years ago Fred Collins decided to start a dairy to bring low cost milk to the people of Southend and surrounding areas. This was 1908 and their base in Southend-on-Sea became home. He had a group of loyal workers pulling hand carts to make door to door deliveries. Sadly, the outbreak of war stopped Fred trading for some 6 years. Many of Collins workers went to fight in world war one.
Fred resumed the business once the war had ended but tragically two of these workers had lost their lives.
Fred nevertheless expanded the business and moved to several premises and continued trading until 1939 when once again war broke out. This time although the dairy continued, it was not until 1945 when the business began to become more stable by expanding with horse drawn carts and Norman Collins took the helm and ran the business.
Over the next three decades the business flourished and the son of Norman (Graham Collins) took the reigns and moved it into the 21st century marking the time of electric vehicles.
Since 2013 Gary Hooper has managed the business and has promised to keep the Collins name associated with a quality service and continue to serve the loyal customers of Essex.
“I am proud to be associated with a company that has not only served the community but served the country. I hope we continue to provide a service which does justice to the milk men and women who have walked the doorsteps before us”
“…Always reliable and on time with my morning milk.”
“…Have used NFCollins for nearly 10 years I can honestly say they offer excellent service, My milkman Gary is always very friendly and happy to help out even when I make mistakes. “