Meet Two New Chilled Suppliers

11 Dec 2017 08:30:00

Here at Cotswold fayre, we are keen to grow the chilled range, offering over the counter products such as cheese, meat and pies to essential fridge fillers such as yoghurt, sauces and pasta. Meet two of our new suppliers, recently introduced to our chilled range...

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We all want to make a difference in the world through our businesses for the better, but are well aware that for this to really happen, there needs to be a movement of like-minded people. Yes, we can all “do our bit” but for change to happen we need to be influencing other people.Read More
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Paul Hargreaves: Endings

4 Dec 2017 09:57:19

It’s been a couple of weeks of endings for several businesses. At Cotswold Fayre, two of our new suppliers for 2017 have stopped trading less than a year after we started with them. Thor Drinks has done it properly and gone into administration but the other, Little Turban, has disappeared off the face of the planet, leaving orders unfulfilled and customers disappointed. They leave behind a still live Twitter account and a consumer web-site, still taking customer’s money – I know because I placed an order as a last resort to see if anything would happen. It didn’t!

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Growth of chilled meal solutions

4 Dec 2017 08:30:00

Our progress as a chilled foods wholesaler has attributed to the companies growth in 2017. We recommend must-have products that we believe retailers should be stocking and share what categories have seen the most success in this sector.

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Following on from last week’s thoughts, Paul Hargreaves has been wondering whether digital technology has reduced the need of those within SMEs to be able to sell.  The thought stream sometimes seems to be that if you put yourself out on social media enough then business will flow in.  Is this true or false? 

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Another award for Easy Bean’s Cheddar Crunch Chickpea Crispbread….

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As I write this week’s thoughts I am simultaneously preparing for the Cotswold Fayre New Supplier’s Conference tomorrow.  This annual event is when we spend a day with our January launch suppliers and allow them to get to know us, our company and culture. 

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With Halloween over for another year, it’s time for retailers to dial up Christmas including our independent, convenience and fine food store customers. Behind the shop floor, stock planning and ordering for seasonal events in the year ahead such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter is also well underway.

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I had to pretend to be a chef for the evening last Friday Night. Last June, rashly I had offered into an Auction of Promises for a fund-raising event for our orphanage in Kenya a “Restaurant Quality Meal for 6 Cooked at your Home”. The bidding had gone up to £150, so the pressure was on to come up with something good, so in an attempt to be hyper-organised I had started preparation on Thursday evening for the event on Friday.

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This week I thought I would explore the area a little further and try and answer the question of whether it is a good idea to invest our hard-earned cash into crowdfunding food and drink start-ups.

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