With permission: first published on the Fair Deal Food Council website on 12 05 2011 http://fairdealfooduk.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/the-east-of-england-co-operative-resolves-to-trade-fairly-and-honestly-with-local-producers/
The Co-operative news reports that since 2007 the East of England Co-operative has brought its range of local products under a ‘Sourced Locally’ banner.
.Our farming readers will value, in particular, its resolves:
- to trade fairly and honestly with local producers
- to generate sustainable revenue for local producers and the society
A food producer/supplier who gets a fair deal
The co-op has bought potatoes from Robert Strathern, from Fairfields Farm near Colchester, for some years.
He comments: “We are really pleased that our relationship with the East of England Co-op has proved so successful, and this has helped us to take on five new staff.”
If all the co-op’s suppliers are just as satisfied, it offers a model to be publicised.