Snacking it local

Local food helps define a place. Whether you’re reaching for your Lucky Tatties in Leith, your Black Pudding in Bury or your Cornish Crisps in Camborne, there’s something pretty special about eating food that’s got that local connection.

Back in autumn we asked members to Join In to tell us about their favourite local ales, as we set about bringing local ranges into our stores. I was bowled over by the response and your passion. So much so that I’m keen to enlist your help again, as the team sets out to bring some more of the delectable local products members love to your shelves. This time, snacks.

When I say ‘snacks’, I guess I mean anything you might reach for to fill a gap when you’re on the go (or maybe just on the sofa!). I’m thinking crisps, nuts, other savoury snacks, biscuits, sweets, chocolate, fudge, or indeed anything else that’s made and enjoyed where you live.

I’m sure there’s many of you that are rightly proud of the products that are made in your community – maybe even by people you know. I’d love you to tell me all about them and why you love them so much. Do you give them as presents maybe?

Join in and you might just find that your favourite local snacks do make it onto the shelves of your local Co-op sometime soon.

Sue Wade, Category Trading Manager for Local products

Join the conversation! 17 Comments

  1. Mackies crisps are made locally so would make a good snack for those that like crisps, personally I don’t care for them as a snack, although I do occasionally use them crushed as a topping for home-made shepherds or cottage pie with a little Scottish cheddar grated on top

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  2. I really like dandelion and burdock fizz, but I never see it in my two local Co-ops. I would buy it every week!

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  3. Tims Dairy Greek style yogurt is excellent and made in Chalfont St Peter. Budgens who used to occupy the site of the co-op in Chalfont used to stock their range of products and it always seemed to be a very good seller.

    Also if our local branch stocked Lurpack unsalted butter we would buy that as wwe prefer it to the salted butter which you do stock

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  4. Cartmels Sticky Toffee Pudding is our family local favourite to eat hot with cream, ice-cream or custard. A snack to have and feel comforted.

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    • That does sound tasty Judith! Thankyou for your input. Are there any savoury snacks that you also like? Or are your strictly a sweet tooth? ^Catherine

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    • I am afraid a sweet tooth is all I can come up with at the moment! Cumbria cow ice-cream is soooo nice. I think they have done a great job on a working farm and things will only get better for them.

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  5. Although the new Cornish crisps are made in Cornwall, it does not state this on the pack, I suggest a made in Cornwall sticker is put on them.
    Sadly missing in Cornwall, Yarg Cheese, Roddas Milk, Roddas Butter, Roddas Cheese, Roddas Custard.

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    • Hi Paul, thankyou for your input. Sounds like you know lots of great local Cornish snacks. ^Catherine

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      • Hi Catherine, I can name a lot more, not snacks but staples. I have for many years as a store manager been trying to get more local products into my store. I find it hard to believe that when the Cornish range was being selected, no one spoke to any of the stores to see what was needed, consequently many staples have disappeared. When I query specific products that are needed I’m constantly fobbed off with “corporate” answers.

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  6. All this is too far too little too late, the Co-operative Group was promising this back in 2012, you do not control your RDC`s they are run by Logistic companies, thus your systems and stores are not adaptable to receiving deliveries from Independent sources, far too much red tape, its been claimed for years, store managers can input customer requests for certain lines to be stocked in their local store, its just never happened, Regional Management have just gone with the HQ defined stock listings and will not veer from the planogram with often disastrous results in terms of markdowns.
    Mid-Counties have achieved a 42% rise in products they source locally, showing it can be done, likewise East of England do well with sourced locally products, both Societies appeared to have the knowledge, resources and mind-set to make it happen, they did need to scrap round the membership to find out what products were being produced locally to their stores, their Management had taken the lead and got out there and found the products and then got them on the shelves. People suggesting crisp companies, Co-op Group unlikely to change horses from Tyrell’s who produced Co-op own label brand.

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    • Thankyou for your comment Will. I’m sorry to hear you think it’s too little too late. We’ve been rolling out local ranges across areas of the UK since 2015 and these have been well received by local communities. Last year we also launched our small business charter which will see us double the number of local suppliers we’re working with from 600 to 1,200 by the end of this year: https://blog.coop.co.uk/2016/11/17/we-are-doubling-the-number-of-our-local-food-suppliers/ As we continue to develop our local sourcing we’re working together with our members to help us ensure we have the products and ranges they want to buy in their local store. If you know of any local snack producers that you would like to see in your local store then please do let us know. ^Catherine

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  7. I love the gluten free rice cereal with honey. It is so……..yummy! What a treat.

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  8. There is nothing ‘Locally Produced’ that I am aware of or I would like to eat as a snack or treat.

    I am partial to Pork Scratchings BUT it seems on the Questionnaire Site (https://coopdigital.typeform.com/to/BBRzyH) that this is not an acceptable answer and the super-digital HTTP Super Highway stops you doing anything useful at all…

    So if you don’t get a Local Produce informative questionnaire Reply from me, please get on to your Typeform.com digital designers and get them to re-design the questionanaire to that it is fully functioning or, alas, I’m afraid I won’t be wasting my time trying to complete them!

    Example “Please tell us about your favourite locally-made snack. First up, what type of product is it?”
    (3 questions here. My Favourite snack is Pork Scratchings. Second answer that I don’t know any locally made snacks & Thirdly is Pork Scratchings (How else would you describe them?) Both unacceptable to the online questionnaire and I am unable to submit!)

    So as another thought, does this mean that (with the results from the Online Questionnaire) you think nobody likes Pork Scratchings – simply because we cannot tell you that we like Pork Scratchings?

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