The Co-op launches local supplier initiative in Yorkshire
The Co-operative Food has launched a local supplier initiative in Yorkshire which will see the retailer stock 130 new products made across the county.
The retailer has signed up more than 50 local manufacturers and micro producers to provide stores with locally produced items such as eggs, baked goods, ice cream, sweets, chutneys, pies, sausages and beer.
If the pilot scheme is successful, it will be rolled out to other parts of the country within the next 12 months.
Kate Jones, head of local sourcing, said: “Our customers have told us they want to buy local products at their Co-op store and so we have responded by teaming up with more than 50 new Yorkshire suppliers.
"Products made in the vicinity of our stores are prized by customers who want to support locally produced regional food which often helps to define a specific area such as Yorkshire.
“Our unique local sourcing initiative has been designed to break down the barriers which have previously made it difficult for small companies to supply large national organisations.
"Our vision is to champion a better way of doing business for you and your communities and what better way for us to do this than to sell as many locally produced goods as possible."
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