Our Founders and Directors, brothers Simon and Nick Mellin are third generation farmers and butchers. This knowledge and experience, comes together today to offer customers a butchery service steeped in tradition, yet meeting the demands of our fast-paced, innovative modern age.

Hailing from a passionate farming family, with a strong commitment to rearing British breeds using traditional pasture-fed methods, they understand the true value of the journey from farm to fork.

The Mellin family started out farming in the 1970s and then leaning on their working knowledge of the farming industry, the family opened up a butcher’s shop in the 80s and soon three generations were cutting, dicing and slicing behind the butcher’s block.

Decades of experience within a family-run business gave the pair a good understanding of the industry ‘do and don’ts’. They learned to respect the traditional working techniques and standards employed by their elders; and we maintain true to these standards to this very day.

Over the past years, Simon and Nick, along with our other Directors have developed their skills and knowledge to build and grow Grassroots; a complete end-to-end meat production service for the retail own label, e-commerce pick and pack, foodservice and wholesale industry.

Grassroots Foods is a high growth business. Starting from a Farm Shop in 2013, they moved to a new plant that year and in 2016 moved again to operate from a brand new state of the art 70,000 sq ft plant in East Lancashire with a capability of 280 tonnes per week, where there are over 100 people employed. They still have the Farm Shop too.