By the time you read this Article 50 may well have been triggered, or it May have been delayed (see what I did there?)  I have made my views on Brexit very clear over the past year, so have many others within the business world, but I like them whilst we voted “Remain” had resigned ourselves to the process of leaving, hoping for a smooth transition.  I wouldn’t say that I have become optimistic about being out of Europe but had begun to see some positives. 

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Paul Hargreaves - Back to Africa

13 Mar 2017 10:13:35

I’m writing this week’s blog from Western Kenya, where I am visiting our project and planning to try and make the children’s centre (orphanage and schools) more self-sufficient. For those who don’t know, we are doing this primarily by investing funds into a farm business. Now, you cry, what does Paul Hargreaves know about farming? And the answer is, “A lot more than I used to”.

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Snacking – Ones to Watch

13 Mar 2017 09:56:00

There is no doubt that snacking is an extremely dynamic category with consumers seeking new and innovative products alongside traditional favourites and healthier snacks alongside indulgent treats. As a snacks wholesaler we are always on the look-out for new snack brands and products that offer something a little different from the norm. 

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With ninety five per cent of UK consumers snacking every month and seventy four per cent snacking at least once a day it is perhaps no surprise that as a wholesaler of snacks and crisps we are also seeing considerable growth in this sector.Read More

Paul Hargreaves - Inflation

3 Mar 2017 11:31:35

It seems that inflation will remain a hot topic for everyone within the next few months, but maybe especially for those in the food and drink sector.  It does seem as if there may be a perfect storm brewing with various factors coming together at once.  Let’s have a look at them and what we can do about them.

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I am always more interested in Dragon’s Den when companies come on from the speciality food world.  I think this series, so far, there have been three – and in any event there always seems to be at least one food and drink company on the programme.  What is especially interesting, of course, is to find out the financials of these suppliers, or in some cases, ex-suppliers.  These are the kind of questions it is not polite to ask during supplier meetings, and most suppliers are too small to have to post full audited accounts, so illuminating to see what is really going on.

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Home Baking - New Suppliers

20 Feb 2017 09:13:04

With the continued popularity of artisan home baking products within fine food specialist retailers, farm shops and convenience stores, it is perhaps not surprising to see this category well represented within our latest catalogue and new suppliers list.

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Paul Hargreaves would like to share insights on what he expects some of the retail trends to be in 2017, which have inspired some of Cotswold Fayre's product choices this year.

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Cotswold Fayre, fine food wholesale distributor, kicked-off 2017 with a series of trade shows to introduce its new suppliers and products.  Among the most popular new suppliers at the shows were...

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The Real Pie Company

9 Feb 2017 09:14:00

We are pleased to announce The Real Pie Company has won Producer of the Year at The Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2017...

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