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The Rise of Farm Shops

cows-in-the-field.jpgTrue that we’ve all noted the rise of the farm shop. For a while they were popping up here there and everywhere. But have boomed more recently over the last couple of years. Local, wholesome and sustainable have been the buzz words hanging around the food industry. The most prevalent being ‘LOCAL’.

This trend has largely been pushed by Farmers wanting to diversify and connect with the consumer. Coupled with the nation becoming increasingly food-savvy and environmentally aware and their growing need for traceability and low food miles. This comes after a number of food safety scares within the supermarket industry. Remember the horse meat scandal? Which gives rise to consumers wanting reassurance on the provenance and quality of what they eat.

There are now some 3,500 plus farm shops in UK, with around 1 in 3 Brits making a regular visit to buy from local sources. 

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As farm shops are now offering more than just meat and dairy, younger shoppers are also now using their local shop to buy complimentary items to create whole meals. Around 48% of people are visiting farm shops in the South East and South West compared to around 26% in the North East.

It certainly seems this trend is to stay and we support the local movement by helping the seamless process of gate to plate. With a butchers shop in East Harling, Norfolk and one in Bramford, Suffolk. We are proud to be part of the movement.

It certainly seems this trend is to stay and we support the local movement by helping the seamless process of gate to plate. With a butchers shop in East Harling, Norfolk and one in Bramford, Suffolk. We are proud to be part of the movement.

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