1. Paul Hargreaves: A Positive and Negative Trend

    As the pandemic rolls on, certainly until next Spring if not beyond, I see one very positive trend for speciality food retailers and one not so positive.

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  2. Fighting Food Waste with Too Good To Go

    In the UK alone, over 10 million tonnes of food is thrown away each year. That’s the equivalent weight of 190 Titanics. 

    This is impacting the planet.

    Food waste is responsible for a staggering 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and climate experts have said that reducing food waste is one of the most impactful actions we can all take to address gl

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  3. News: New additions to the team

    We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new starters to its team, as the company continues to grow and lead the way in sustainable wholesaling. 

    Taking on the new role of Sales Director, Lawrence Moore, an established FMCG professional, brings experience of working with brands including Britvic, Red Bull and Belvoir to the purpose driven business. He said: “Cotswold Fayre’s values have a strong alignment with my own passion for CSR. The company has a strong moral compass and is a business with heart. I’m joining at a time of high growth, which makes it a really exciting career move.

    “Having worked with the team as a supplier at Belvoir, I can see the business from both sides, and it’s a real beacon for purposeful business within the SME sector, while making a tangible difference too. To be part of the B Corp movement, that’s so much bigger, is hugely exciting – and we certainly have some bold plans up our sleeves!” 

    Moore’s appointment will allow CEO Paul

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  4. Paul Hargreaves: Time Out

    This week, Paul looks at the importance of taking time out.

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  5. Paul's Blog: A Measure of Success?

    This week, Paul looks at how we should measure success vs equality.

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  6. CF Blog: 100 days until Christmas

    As the year has stretched on through lockdown, the C word is starting to crop up a lot. With department stores opening their Christmas shops and advent calendars hitting the shelves, consumers hoping for a big end of the year party to celebrate the end of 2020, there’s no denying that Christmas is definitely not cancelled.

    However, many retailers are still being cautious with their Christmas ordering, and rightly so. With the lockdown guidance changing on a near weekly basis and varying guidelines across the UK, the thought of surplus festive stock is a scary one. But no matter how big or small the celebrations may be, the country will still need gravy, chocolate and crackers to see us through December. Here’s some things to think about when you’re adding to basket:

    Don’t just stick to snowflakes and Christmas trees – These won’t stand the test of time after 25th December and won’t be as easy to remarket for the Spring Holidays. Try

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  7. Paul's Blog: Focus on Independents

    This week, Paul looks at the importance of keeping independent producers in independent retailers.

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  8. Paul's Blog: Business Governance post Covid?

    This week, Paul talks about what business governance will look like post Covid.

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  9. Paul Hargreaves: To go or not to go…back to the office

    This week, Paul explores going back to the office after lockdown and the rise of flexible working.

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  10. Spotlight On: Organic

    One thing that’s really important to us, and to our customers, is having a wide selection of organic products available to choose form. There has been a huge rise in interest in organic products in recent years, and this has been heightened by the Coronavirus pandemic as people looked to eat more healthily to boost their immune systems, and also started shopping local and supporting independent businesses.

    When buying organic, you know that you that you are buying items that you are supporting farmers and producers that are trying to grow in a more ethical way, without using harsh chemicals on the land. With more and more of us trying to move to a more sustainable lifestyle, choosing organic is an easy way to start making a difference.

    As well as picking organic fruit and vegetables, there are endless possibilities to pick from when doing your weekly shop, from easy swaps to everyday essentials, to indulgent treats, and we’ve got a great range to choose from. We want to

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