It is a well-reported phenomenon how well local independent food retailers have done during the pandemic. Both their embeddedness in the local community and their commitment and delivery of better and more compassionate service have contributed to these independent retailers having a new fondness within the heart of the British people. Yet how much do independent food producers value the part that these community-orientated retailers have to play within the market as a whole? My thesis is perhaps ‘not enough’ and this week’s piece focuses on why food and drink producers should value them more because they have far more in common with their own business than the supermarkets
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    03 May 2019 News
    Sustainability pioneer and cheesemaker Patrick Holden, from the Sustainable Food Trust, on changing the world through better systems
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    25 March 2019 Speciality Bites
    After spending most of last week at trade events, I thought I would give an assessment this week of the strength of the speciality food sector
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    19 March 2019 Fine Food
    The signs are all there and after studying the runes the BBC has devised a winning programme for that difficult afternoon telly slot.
  • Brex-mess

    18 March 2019 Speciality Bites
    To my horror I had an e-mail a week or so ago reminding me that I am speaking in a Brexit debate at IFE this week. I had forgotten when I signed up to it several months ago, but really...
  • Retail Evolution

    11 March 2019 Speciality Bites
    I remember writing a blog post a few years ago after spending three days at the NEC on a stand that was on the border of the Convenience Show and the Farm Shop & Deli Show
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    04 March 2019 Speciality Bites
    As we approach the third decade of the 21st century, many companies know they need to sharpen up their act on both how they treat their people, the people in their supply chains and the people of the world through...
  • “I spend a lot of time trying to find the most amazing, unusual cheeses the world has to offer”

    01 March 2019 News
    Cheesemonger Morgan McGlynn is on a mission to convert a new generation to the pleasures of Britain's heritage cheeses
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    25 February 2019 Speciality Bites
    It seems that in the fourth year since its launch in the UK, people are talking about B Corp more than ever in this B Corp month of February. launched their on-line B Corp shop this month and grouped...
  • Viewpoint: Renee Elliot

    18 February 2019 News
    The founder of Planet Organic and co-founder of Beluga Bean shares the journey towards a better life and planet
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    18 February 2019 Speciality Bites
    One of the leading articles in ‘The Grocer’ this week was an article on buyer-supplier relationships, which told us “that a new study from the University of East Anglia claims to have unearthed new lessons about the buyer-supplier relationship. Dr...
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