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Previous meet the buyers events

Eat Somerset runs a range of events and services to support local food producers, especially to assist them with getting local produce into local retail outlets. Events for 2008 and 2009 are listed on a separate page. Below is information about successful 'meet the buyers' events organised by Eat Somerset in 2008.

Meet the Buyers for the Public Sector
October 2008

This event was held in the Bristol / Bath area, in early October 2008. It was aimed at any producer in a position to supply public sector caterers including schools, hospitals, care homes, prisons. The event started with speakers from South West Food & Drink; a producer supplying the sector; and a caterer buying local produce. This was followed by the opportunity for buyers to have up to six fifteen-minute discussions with different producers and a networking session over lunch. Attendance at this event was free of charge, and supported by South West Food & Drink.

The following producers attended:

  • Bakery products (cakes): Marshfield Bakery
  • Bread: Bath Bakery
  • Bread: Hobbs House Bakery
  • Cheese: Alham Wood (buffalo mozzarella)
  • Cheese: Bath Soft Cheese
  • Cheese: Tower Farm
  • Flour: Sharpham Park
  • Ice-cream: Marshfield
  • Meat: Brockley Farm Shop
  • Meat: New Manor Farm
  • Milk and Dairy: Ivy House Farm
  • Milk and Dairy: Gundenham Dairies
  • Pasta: Bristol Pasta Company
  • Cereals: Otter Valley Organics
  • Cereals: Pertwood
  • Spices: Bart Spices
  • Tea / coffee: D J Miles
  • Vegetables: Farrington's Farm Shop
  • Vegetables: Somerset Organic Link
  • Wine: Quoins Organic Vineyard

Meet the Buyers for Retailers and Caterers
April 2008

A successful 'meet the buyers' event was held in April 2008 for local food buyers from cafés, B&Bs, hotels, farm shops or shops, giving them the chance to meet the local food producers listed below. There was a chance to browse stalls, talk to producers and make individual appointments.

Producer Produce Area
Baked Goods    
Hobbs House Bakery Bread, rolls Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire
The Organic Patisserie /Izzy's West Country Puddings Chilled & frozen cakes, cheesecake, dairy desserts, crumbles and quiches Bridgwater, Somerset
Patisserie Express Handmade sweets, desserts and savoury products Sidmouth, Devon
Puddings and Pies Quiches, cakes and sponges Sherbourne, Dorset
Otter Valley Organic Food Muesli, porridge, cereal bars Ottery St Mary, Devon
Pertwood Organic Cereals Organic breakfast cereals Warminster, Wilts
Sharpham Park Flours, mueslis, porridges Walton, Somerset
Radford's Fine Fudge Fudge Martock, Somerset
Dairy & Eggs    
Bath District Farmers Cheese, eggs Bath
Bath Soft Cheese Ltd Soft, blue and semi-hard cheeses Kelston, Nr Bath
Brown Cow Organics Yoghurt Pilton, Somerset
M O Holbrook Goats Cheese Timsbury, Nr Bath
Lovington's Ice Cream Castle Cary, Somerset
Naite Farm Free Range Eggs Oldbury-on-Severn, South Gloucestershire
Drinks (soft and alcoholic)    
Bath Ales Bottled / packaged beers Warmley, South Gloucestershire
Cotleigh Brewery Bottled beers Wiveliscombe, Somerset
Cotswold Spring Water Bottled water Dodington Ash, South Gloucestershire
D J Miles Tea and coffee Porlock, Somerset
Glastonbury Spring Water Bottled water Glastonbury, Somerset
The Orchard Pig Ltd Apple juices and cider Glastonbury, Somerset
Quoins Organic Vineyard Organic white wines Bradford-on-Avon
Wickwar Brewery Bottled / packaged beers Wickwar, South Gloucestershire
Mere Fish Farm Smoked trout Mere, Wiltshire
Mike's Smokehouse Smoked salmon & trout (also smoked chicken & duck) Loddiswell, Devon
Fruit & Vegetables    
Better Food Company Organic fruit and vegetables Bristol
Somerset Organic Link Organic fruit and vegetables Somerton, Somerset
Jams, Preserves and Sauces    
Cranfield's Food Ltd Jams, marmalades, chutneys Barnstaple, Devon
Robert's Sauces Dressings, marinades, dips and sauces East Chinnock, Yeovil, Somerset
Oakleaze Herd Rare breed pork Rudgeway, South Gloucestershire

For further information, contact: Alison Belshaw, Eat Somerset Project Officer, Sustain South Vaults, Green Park Station, Bath, BA1 1JB Tel: 01225 787919 Fax: 01225 750930

Eat Somerset: From 2006 to 2009 Sustain co-ordinated a food chain project in south west England that worked to increase trading between producer groups in and around Somerset and independent food retailers in the county, and create new markets in Bristol and Bath.

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