Small suppliers can “bag” a listing at the Co-op as the search for the “Small Producer of the Year” begins.
The community retailer has teamed-up with the Quality Food Awards to launch the second annual search to showcase the quality and innovation of the nation’s smaller, local producers.
The Co-op will work with finalists to help them to get their product in their local store as part of package of benefits designed to provide a big boost to smaller businesses.
Sue Wade, Co-op’s Category Trading Manager for Local, Regional and Ethnic foods, said:
“We know that food provenance, quality and trust are key for our customers and so we are proud to give local producers pride of place in our stores. It’s exciting to collaborate with smaller producers, it’s their innovation, quality, passion and traditions which ensures that their products are much loved locally.
“Backing local produce is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’.
The Co-op is committed to investing in local economies and providing new opportunities to put smaller producers on a bigger stage. We are thrilled to be working with the Quality Food Awards to unearth the finest small producers that our country has to offer and, to champion, showcase and celebrate great British food and drink – the search is on for the UK’s Small Producer of the Year, 2017.”
Full entry details are available at uk.qualityfoodawards.com