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The Mighty Milkman is Making a Comeback

Milk wasn’t always served up in little plastic bottles on supermarket shelves. It used to be that early-rising milkmen (and milkwomen) would rattle along in carts and cars to deliver it fresh to your door, long before click-and-collect was ever dreamt up. Milk deliveries were done out of necessity rather than convenience, as before the […]

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Fresh From The Market, or From the Marketing Team?

It has been revealed that so-called “local” food may not be so local after all, with a study finding that restaurant ingredients aren’t necessarily listed correctly, leading to people not knowing what they’re really eating. The Scottish Liberal Democrats looked into the number of local council food standards tests that have been carried out since […]

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What to Expect When You’re Expanding

Planning is crucial when looking to refurbish or expand a farm shop, according to Speciality Foods. Farm shop owners should think carefully about why they want to expand or renovate, how they’ll manage the project and what the customer reaction will be before undertaking any works, the publication writes. The Why Refurbishing or expanding a […]

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What Brexit Could Mean for Your Farm Shop

We are currently entering into a period of extreme uncertainty for the retail sector in the United Kingdom. Brexit will undoubtedly have a profound impact on businesses and local shops, which are already suffering from lower footfall, reduced profits and cost-cutting measures. There are several ways Brexit may affect the retail sector for both the better and […]

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Applications Open for Rural Business Awards

With the Rural Business Awards recently announcing their 2018 winners across the UK, they’re already gearing up for the 2019/2020 awards. Despite the national final not being held until 28th February 2019, businesses can already apply for next year’s regional awards. The winners will once again be announced in October, meaning there are many months ahead, […]

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Food Trends to Watch for in 2019

Bidfood offers up its predictions for food trends in 2019, which will not only focus on what and how consumers eat and drink but also production, purchasing and consumption. The latest Bidfood report puts forward four macro food trends they expect to see in 2019: Telling a Story; Gourmet Get Together; Good For Me, Good For […]

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Size Is Everything: BFREPA’s Campaign for Egg Equality

Sometimes, small changes can make a big difference. One change that British consumers can make is switching from large eggs to a range of egg sizes to help farmers, hens and retailers. Consumer preference means medium eggs – which are just as nutritious and tasty – are worth less at the farm gate and more will […]

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Public Support For Local Produce Gets Another Boost

The latest Red Tractor campaign seems to have paid off as a survey shows a significant jump in the number of people willing to switch to Red Tractor products. Several weeks ago, we reported that the Red Tractor association was rolling out a new tiered system, which chief executive Jim Moseley described as the biggest […]

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FMCG Changes Farm Shops Could Face in 2019

With the new year just around the corner, IRI has put together their predictions about what changes may be in store for Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) in 2019. It’s never too early to plan ahead, and farm shops that get organised are likely to stay ahead in what could be a turbulent year. So, here […]

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Diversification is Key in Post-Brexit Britain

Changes are coming to the farming sector, and those rural businesses who are looking forward will be the ones that not only survive but prosper, according to Richard Corbett of Roger Parry & Partners. Many industries will face large-scale changes post-Brexit, and for farm-based businesses, diversification is key. The most recent Farm Business Survey by […]

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