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  1. Cotswold Fayre Summer Ball 2022

    We're bringing back our Summer Ball to help raise funds for chosen charities,

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  2. Fresh new chilled catalogue now avilable

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  3. New Year, New Products

    Our new catalogue is finally here and with it is a great range of exciting new products, old favourites and this year we have put a real focus on making a difference with more sustainable brands, plastic free products, and even more B Corps! We have new suppliers across every

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  4. CF Blog: Dry January 2022

    Dry January can be a tricky time to plan for many retailers, but there is now more choice than ever for those looking to steer clear of alcohol.

    The

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  5. CF Blog: Veganuary again

    As consumers become more and more aware of the impact of the items filling their shopping baskets each week, the rise of vegetarianism and veganism isn’t likely to slow down. Searches for “vegan” on our website are up 35% on last year with retailers reacting to the consumer deman

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  6. Cotswold Fayre is now Plastic Neutral!

    We are now certified Plastic Neutral. We have partnered with rePurpose Global to fund the recovery of as much nature-bound plastic waste as is used by its suppliers to package and distribute all the products sold as of April 2021. This bold commitment is part of a wider plastic waste action strategy that includes expanding our plastic free range and engaging suppliers to reduce and eliminate plastic packaging wherever possible.

    By contributing a percentage of every product purchase to plastic reduction efforts we are enabling the removal of over 19 tonnes of plastic waste each quarter which otherwise would have been landfilled, burned, or flushed into the oceans. Through our partnership with rePurpose Global, we are supporting a vetted waste management project in Hyderabad, India to collect and process hard-to-recycle waste streams otherwise

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  7. CF Blog: Are your customers ready for the return of Bake Off?

    This week sees the return of an annual holiday. The new series of The Great British Bake Off starts this week and the nation is ready. The last 2 years have given birth to a whole new hoard of bakers thanks to lockdown, furlough, and a long damp spring means many of us had nothing better to do than bake away the days, and these new bakers join the ones who were brought up by the stoves, living in aprons, baking Mary Berry recipes from an early age, meaning the captive audience is bigger than ever.

    For those starting out, we have some great Baking Kits including Brownie Mix from Creative Nature, Carrot

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  8. Paul Hargreaves: Becoming a B Corp

     

     

    With an ever-increasing interest in becoming a B Corp from the food and drink sector, here are some tips if you want to join the growing community of 80+ food and drink companies out of 650 in the UK.

     

    Before the most recent millennia, human beings generally lived in communities where they saw the direct results of how their actions and work impacted others within their communities and on nature itself. However now, life has changed.

     

    Western business needs to carry much of the responsibility – it’s business that has often reinforced the role of the individual over communities. This mindset has been exported all over the world to encourage people to think of themselves as independent, rather than part of the community. And as we have moved towards a global society, the damage our companies do to our planet is out of sight and out of mind – our waste is often someone else’s problem. We have stopped

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  9. Paul Hargreaves: Paul’s top trend predictions for Christmas 2021

    Paul’s top trend predictions for Christmas 2021:

     

    1. MORE VEGAN CHOCOLATE: “Testament to increased consumer demand, this year, we have a bigger vegan offering than ever before in our Christmas catalogue! This includes plenty of vegan alternatives to Christmas favourites, as well premium products for gifting. The trend towards vegan confectionery continues to grow, so we expect brands like Booja Booja and its range of vegan, organic chocolate truffles to perform well. With flavours including Hazelnut Crunch, Espresso Chocolate, Honeycomb Caramel and Salted Almond, there’s really something for everyone to enjoy! Also new for this year, is the Probios organic vegan Panettone, made with spelt – which is sure to be a hit over the festive period, meaning no one misses out on Panettone this year!”

     

    1. BUY B CORP: “As Cotswold Fayre was one of the first companies in the UK t
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  10. Paul Hargreaves: Self-sacrifice – The importance of building a leadership legacy centred on others

    There have been many amazing stories of self-sacrifice to come out of the tragedy of 9/11, but none more inspiring than that of Richard Rescorla, a British-American Vietnam War vet. On 11 September 2001, he was working as a security director for Morgan Stanley. Hearing of the first plane strike on the North Tower at the World Trade Centre, he calmly instructed some 2,700 employees of Morgan Stanley to evacuate the South Tower – despite an earlier announcement that ordered them to stay at their desks. He ensured everyone for whom he was responsible had left the building before he started to make his own way out. He was still inside the building when it collapsed. Rescorla was declared dead three weeks later, but his body has never been found.

    This story is one of numerous amazing tales of self-sacrificial behaviour in adverse circumstances, many of which involve a person laying down their life in the act of the ultimate self-sacrifice. Now, this is something only few of us may e

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