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  1. Paul Hargreaves: Being a servant leader

    Paul looks at whether being a leader can mean still being humble.

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  2. Paul Hargreaves: No more dog eat dog

    Paul looks at competitiveness and how being kinder in business can lead to performing better.

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  3. CF Blog: Veganuary 2020

    January means New Year’s Resolutions, which I am rubbish at keeping, but for many it’s an opportunity to make some changes to their lifestyle choices. Since its launch in 2014 Veganuary has been steadily growing in popularity. Some people see it as a challenge to test themselves, others might use it as a bit of a detox after the over consumption of the festive period, some might be using it as a springboard to cut down their meat consumption and start eating more sustainably. It has been reported that 42% of people taking part are doing it for health reasons but environmental concerns and ethical reasons were also big factors.

    Here in the office, whilst no one has been strictly following Veganuary, there has been a big conscious effort to cut down on meat consumption. Most of us describe ourselves as ‘Flexitarians’ who still consume meat but balance this out with plenty of plant-based options.

    Our Marketing Manager, Ashton, did take on the challenge to do a ‘veggie week’ so

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  4. Moose Maple Butter Bulletproof Coffee

    Here at Cotswold Fayre, when we see an interesting food trend, we are desperate to try it out and see what all the fuss is about.

    Bulletproof coffee hit the mainstream as a breakfast alternative designed for the Keto Diet. It’s a high calorie caffeine boost designed to start the day and keep you going until lunchtime, although there are mixed thoughts on the health benefits.

    It was my partner that alerted me to ‘Bulletproof Coffee’, he’s a coffee fiend we tried it out one morning at home to great success! Being an office fuelled by caffeine I knew we had to bring the idea in to work see what everyone else thought, and what better to try it out with than one of our newest chilled products: Moose Maple Butter.  

    Ingredients:

    • Coffee of your choice - but it works best with ground coffee or barista style instant coffee
    • 1-2tsp of Moose
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  5. Paul Hargreaves: Beware distractions that can thwart Purpose

    This week Paul looks at the distractions that can affect our lives and how we can use our time to concentrate on our purpose.

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  6. Spotlight on: Confectionery

    Confectionery is always a big category for retailers, consumers are always on the lookout for a quick sugar fix, a little treat or even a gift.

    We try to keep a diverse mix of sweets, chocolates and sweet treats available throughout the year and expand our ranges to follow demand for Christmas as well as the Spring holidays. Traditional sweets and chocolate still in high demand with peppermint, nutty and fruity lines still popular but salted caramel is still the leading trend and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon. People are still health conscious when selecting confectionery, with dark chocolate gaining popularity over the last couple of years, and the prevalence of sugar free ranges from the big brands as well as the artisan ranges following consumer demand.

    Top 10 confectionery lines for Convenience Stores Nov2019-Feb2020

    1. TON05
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  7. Gulfood 2020

    We are going to be at Gulfood at stand S-N14 from 16th to 20th February in the Great British Pavillion.

    This year is the 25th Anniversary show and will be a big celebration innovation and trends in the food industry. They will also be looking to the future of the industry to see how it might change and how we can affect it for the better.

    We are going to be showcasing our ranges that are available for B2B export including Brew Tea Co., Drivers, The Garlic Farm and Ministers O

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  8. Farm Shop & Deli Show 2020

    Visit us at Farm Shop & Deli Show 2020 at stand L130 from 30th March to 1st April.

    We’re excited to be going back to Farm Shop & Deli Show this year. We will have our chilled range on display as well as our new ambient suppliers for you to browse. We’ve got some great additions to our range this year and we’re excited to show them off. Our whole sales team will be there over the 3 days so come and say hello to them and see what we’ve got to offer.

    We will also be celebrating our B-Corp suppliers who share our valu

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  9. Business of the Year 2020

    We are delighted to announce that we have won the Thames Valley Business and Community ‘Business of the Year award 2020’!

    The awards are open to any business within the Thames Valley, and recognise businesses, charities, and individuals that have made an outstanding contribution in the region.

    We want to be at the head of a new generation of businesses that are striving to redefine the way that business is done. We are proud to be one of the first accredited B-Corporations in the UK, and we have declared the company as carbon neutral, as well as being a living wage employer. We are extremely proud that this has been recognised by our wider community and that has been celebrated as well.

    The testimonial from the judges was: “Very successful business model. Great that they aspire to be “best in the world” and are prepared to be measured regularly. First UK wholesaler to declare carbon neutrality is an outstanding achievement. Great growth and finan

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  10. Paul Hargreaves: JOMO not FOMO

    Paul Hargreaves embraces the joy of missing out. 

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