Supply Successes at Local Produce Show
Now in its tenth year, the Local Produce Show has led to supply success for many local food producers
The Local Produce Show, organised by Business South and sponsored by Paris Smith, Hampshire Fare, Hampshire Farmers’ Markets, New Forest Marque, Southern Co-op and Cavendish Ships Stores, brings together some of the region’s small food and drink businesses with chefs and buyers seeking to source new produce.
In 2017, the event showcased over forty local producers offering samples and information about their products to potential buyers.
For chefs and buyers, the event provides an invaluable opportunity to source new and exciting ingredients whilst supporting the Hampshire economy and its local producers. Previous buyers have included; Carnival UK, University of Southampton and Ideal Collection.
In 2018, the show will be opened by MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire, and exhibitors will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive seminar with speakers including Laura Trapnell of Paris Smith and John Davey of Cavendish Ship Stores.
Now in its tenth year, the Show has led to some exciting opportunities and new partnerships for both suppliers and buyers, including a partnership between Show Sponsors Southern Co-op and supplier Wessex Country Gammon.
“We met Wessex Country Gammon at the Local Produce Show in 2017. When seeking out suppliers for the Southern Coop's Local Flavours range, we strive to find products that complement our Co-op branded products” explains Kate Hibbert, Southern Co-op Local Sourcing Manager. “We felt that those on offer from Wessex Country Gammon did just that. Both the cuts and pack size offered something that we don't currently have in store and we felt the product to be of the right quality for our offer. Once we had established this we started talking about how we might get the products into our stores. Gavin and his team could not have been more welcoming, practical and engaging. By mid-May we had the products in 40 stores, we now have it in 60 with 4 to go live shortly. We have sold over 60,000 products since May, our most popular is the 250g shaved ham. We are looking forward to completing our first full year’s trade and to many more to come.”
Gavin Coppard, Sales at Wessex Country Gammons Ltd added: “We met Southern Co-op at the Local Produce Show 2017. Our relationship has really gelled and gone from strength to strength. The great thing about the show is that you meet quality buyers and have ample time to speak to them to start developing your connection straight away. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Southern Co-op!”
Chalk Stream Foods has attended the Local Produce Show for the last 3 years now and supplies its fresh rainbow trout through Cavendish Ships Stores to Carnival UK's cruise ships as well as restaurants across the UK. “We are delighted to be attending the Local Produce Show for the fourth consecutive year" says Hugo Hardman "We are proud to be putting fresh trout on the plates of Carnival's cruise ships through Cavendish. Initiatives such as the Local Produce Show which encourage industry food buyers to use high quality and local food producers are invaluable to the British food industry.”
Other producers that have had supply success as a result of the show include Burley Fudge, Mortimer Chocolate and Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers.
“I’ve been making and selling our unique range of fudge at the Burley Fudge Shop for 20 years, and for many years attended the Local Produce Show and made some fantastic connections with businesses across the region. In particular one of my connections led to an order for supply of fudge for the launch of Britannia.”
Chris Tabb, Burley Fudge
“We’ve always found the event to be very positive and well run. We have enjoyed meeting other producers, buyers and organisations that we might not otherwise have come across. Through the event we have developed some excellent business leads and have been able to expand the sales base of our drinking chocolates. The event is a great opportunity to showcase our products to potential new customers and to introduce new products too! Being a local, affordable show, it is an ideal shop window for small producers in particular, who might struggle to support a larger and more expensive event at a venue some distance away. It offers a superb opportunity to get your products in front of a wide audience in a single day. Whenever we have attended we have come away with new customers and new opportunities.”
Adrian Smith, Mortimer Chocolate
“We have attended the Local Produce Show, for some 10 years, and have always found it useful. There are a wide range of potential customers present, giving them the opportunity to meet a number of suppliers on one day and us the opportunity to meet a number of good quality customers, making best use of everyone's time.”
Mike Smales, Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers
The Local Produce Show returns to Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on 25 January 2018
Buyers and chefs can register to attend for free at www.businesssouth.org/events/local-produce-show-2018-buyers/chefs/-caterers
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