Finding a supplier for wholefoods is relatively easy as there are a number of large wholesale suppliers who either make deliveries in a particular region or across the whole of the UK.
Most of these wholesalers will have a minimum order amount that they are willing to deliver which ranges from £100 - £375 and increases depending on how far you are from their main delivery area. They will also deliver to particular areas on different days of the week so you will need to check their websites for information on delivery days and times before deciding what day is best to hold your food co-op.
Some of the wholesalers will not serve food co-ops within the vicinity of their regular retail customers because they don’t want to undermine the trade of the small shops they supply. Some of the suppliers also require food co-ops to have a consitution or to be formally registered before they will supply them. Many of the wholesalers are run as worker co-operatives and have often developed from small buying clubs and so are usually keen to work with food co-ops.
- Essential Trading – Bristol http://www.essential-trading.coop/ Delivers throughout most of the Southern half of England and Wales
- Green City - http://www.greencity.co.uk/ Glasgow (0141 554 7633) Minimum order £150 (delivery free). Delivers in and around Scotland.
- Highland Wholefoods - http://www.highlandwholefoods.co.uk/ Inverness (01463 712393) Minimum order £100; £250 to benefit from discounts. Delivers to Highland
- Infinity Foods - Brighton (01273 424060) Infinity sends goods to customers all over the UK and have a growing export market. You can visit their website at http://www.infinityfoodswholesale.co.uk ( there is a page with a clickable map and postcode delivery rates for the UK) or e-mail enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lembas http://www.lembas.co.uk/ - Sheffield (0845 458 1585) Minimum order £100+ for non-trade depending on distance from base (delivery free). Lembas regularly deliveries within a radius of about 90 miles of Sheffield.
- Rainbow Wholefoods http://www.rainbowwholefoods.co.uk/ – Norwich (01603 630484) Minimum order is £200 for delivery and £50 for collection. Delivers across East Anglia and beyond.
- Suma co-operative http://www.suma.coop/ - Halifax (01422 313861) The largest vegetarian foods and eco-products wholesaler in the country. Delivers to whole of the UK. Minimum order £250+ depending on region.