Moving your local food organisation online

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Image by Ricarda Mölck on Pixabay

Please note, this page was last updated in June 2020

 

Many small food organisations have, or are looking to, move their trade online during the lockdown.

Sustain has curated a (non-exhaustive) list of existing web platforms where you may be able to sell your produce through. If you’d prefer to set up your own independent web shop or takeaway service, please scroll down to the next table.

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Alternatively if you are a customer looking to support your local food organisations online, we've collated some useful webpages here


Selling via an existing platform  

Website Info
Baker Direct Register your bakery
Better Food Shed  A London based wholesale ‘shed’ for organic suppliers to sell their produce to veg boxes
Better Food Traders  Become accredited as a Better Food Trader to be listed on their website 
Big Barn  List your organisation on their map or host your own page on their website 
Boxmaster  For Veg Boxes - a management solution for medium to large size box schemes with integrated accounting 
Bucky Box  Simple to use software for your CSA, Vegetable Box Scheme, Food Co-op, Artisan Bakery or Food Hub to automate orders, billing and delivery 
Cheese Tasting Register your cheesemonger
CrowdFarming  For producers - host your farm on crowdfarming for consumers to invest in your harvest and buy directly 
Deliver All a directory of businesses offering home delivery to help vulnerable people who are currently self-isolating or unable to shop
Farm Drop  Delivers produce from independent producers and suppliers, to sell your produce on FarmDrop, email producers@farmdrop.co.uk 
Farms to Feed Us  A database of small-scale food producers across the UK who supply fresh produce that has been grown in a resilient farming system. Add your organisation here 
Food Chain  A platform that has diversified to link small suppliers to households rather than restaurants, delivery is mostly for Greater London 
Foodens List your products on their online marketplace and consumers can select to buy based on postcode
Fresh Range Online farm shops of dozens of independent producers and suppliers
Good Sixty   Local producers artisans and food organisations can host their products on this online marketplace. It provides local bike delivery fod London, Bristol & Bath, or nationwide postal services
Guild of Fine Food The guild of fine food have created a map of producers, retailers and distributors who either have stock or need supplies
Harvest Bundle An online farmers market. Listing is free, you only pay commission per sale
My Local Produce  Set up your own online web shop for free on their existing platform. It’s based on commission and has an integrated payment system
Neighbourfood  Sell your produce directly to the local community via an online market host and get 80% 
OGA / LWA / CSA  A spreadsheet allowing local producers to share what produce they have currently/ what they need 
Ooooby About to launch in Bristol, Sheffield and Winchester, this online plaform facilitates the sales and operations of local food hubs (it has successfully been running in Australia and New Zealand)
Open Food Network  Social Enterprise run directory of thousands of producers selling online, ideal for groups of producers or markets who want to go online 
Real Bread Map Register your bakery on the Real Bread Campaign Map
Shopappy UK  Host your local business on the Shopappy map and sell directly from the website 
The Great British Food Hub Weekly online markets for your local region

Setting up your own online shop front

Website Info
Free My Menu  Interactive menus for your website for restaurants and hospitality outlets as well as farmer's markets and farm shops
Good Eats by Good Till  An online system which enables online ordering for collection and delivery which is standalone or can be integrated into Goodtill POS system 
Not Just Code an e-commerciality app which  can provide an online shop with existing website. It can organise collection time slots, delivery services and can process orders. They have worked with Farmer's market stalls already
Restaurant App Engines  iPhone and Android app for customers to order food, they also cater for Facebook and website ordering 
Shopify  An e commerce platform for sellers which is better for ambient products  
StoreKit Takeaway A free software for an online ordering system, which enables you to get set up as a takeaway restaurant or retailer. You can add on payment processing (for a fee) 
Wi-Q  An ordering and payment system predominantly for mobile ordering. Food businesses can upload menus and customers can order and pay from their PC or mobile, this can be integrated into an existing website 
WooCommerce  An open source e-Commerce platform built on WordPress, so you can set up an online store easily and quickly. It has the option to integrate payment and delivery services

Delivery options

Pedal Me - a cargo bike delivery service that operates within a 5 mile radius of central London

Zedify is a cargo-bike delivery service

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