Encouraging local suppliers

Took a day out a couple of weeks ago to visit four small companies feeding products into our new local ranges in North Yorkshire. A wonderful chance to see how cheese, cakes, ale and burgers are made using local ingredients and recipes. The picture is me inspecting cheeses at Shepherd’s Purse. Thanks to the staff who took the time to explain about their businesses and production processes.

shepherds-purseCo-op is trying to bring more products from local small-scale suppliers into our stores – offering a choice customers tell us they want and also helping those companies to build their capacity to sell to other organisations too. It’s an important contribution we can make to the local community. The initiative is already up and running in Yorkshire and Lancashire, and soon to be rolled out to other regions. It adds logistical complexity, but is a great thing for us to do as an expression of the Co-op Way: and makes some really tasty products more widely available.

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