Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Royal Launch for Good Food Producer's Guide

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Royal Launch for Good Food Producer's Guide

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Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie

The Prince of Wales, yesterday launched a guide that will help small businesses in the North-East and throughout the UK, looking to work with large food retailers and food service or catering companies.

Local Sourcing, Opening the Door for Small Business, is the first step-by-step guide taking small producers through each step of the process of getting their products listed.

Ian Brown, Rural Action Campaign Manager for the North-East said: "This guide has been produced as a result of working closely with local suppliers to understand their needs and how best to offer support for them to do more business with larger companies in the food sector.

"It will, we believe, have a positive impact on the rural society and economy and at the same time be warmly welcomed by consumers." The free guide is the latest part of a joint initiative between Business in the Community and food and grocery industry think tank IGD, which started in 2001 with the launch of the Guide to Local Sourcing, to raise the profile of local sourcing.

It also forms part of Business in the Community's Rural Action campaign.

In the foreword to the guide, HRH The Prince of Wales says: "I am delighted that Business in the Community and IGD have once again joined forces to publish this second Guide which builds on a series of local sourcing workshops for farmers and small producers held around the United Kingdom in early 2003.

"This guide is particularly timely as it seeks to help local suppliers understand the process of having products listed with supermarkets, convenience retailers and food service companies."

The practical `how-to' guide includes information gathered from the local sourcing workshops and from discussions with many major supermarkets, convenience chains, food service distributors and operators in the UK. …

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