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Sourced Locally

Our Sourced Locally initiative was founded back in 2007 following the discovery that South American asparagus was being sold in stores mere miles away from fields full of the British crop. We took action, and after partnering with local farmers sold a staggering 33,000 bundles in the first season.

Now in its ninth year, Sourced Locally has gone from strength to strength. We currently work with over 100 supplier partners who stock our stores with over 3,500 different products; from fruit and vegetables, jams and chutneys, to meats, fish, pies, fruit juices, wines and even locally produced cleaning products and charcoal.

Many of our producers deliver direct to store, which gives them the chance to introduce new seasonal products as well as ensure our customers are getting the freshest produce available. Many of our local fruit and vegetables are picked to order and are often on sale in stores on the same day.

The key to the success of Sourced Locally is our unique relationship with each of our supplier partners. We believe that whilst profit is important to every business, organisations can do well and do good. We really care about our producers. We want to make sure they are treated as equal partners and that their businesses have a sustainable future.

Our producers

Our Sourced Locally producers work hard all year round to bring you the highest quality products, but it’s at Christmas that they really come into their own.

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Producer of the Year Awards

A celebration of local farmers, growers and producers from across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

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Sourced Locally Fortnight

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Our Three Ps Policy

Before a product reaches our shelves it has to meet what our local sourcing team call The Three Ps test:

  • It needs to make a Profit for the producer

  • Be Profitable to us

  • Be available at a Price our members and customers are happy to pay

Use of local ingredients

Where products are made from recipes using a variety of ingredients, we encourage our suppliers to use local ingredients and, if it’s not available locally, that they use British ingredients with as few food miles as possible.

Other products in the range use ingredients you simply cannot grow in this country, such as fruit, spices, chocolate, tea and coffee.

However, whilst the suppliers import their tea or coffee, it’s expertly blended – and in the case of coffee, roasted locally.

We carry out rigorous checks to ensure that the final product is produced and packed right here in East Anglia – in fact, we have our very own Product Standards and Safety Manager to ensure just that!

Did you know?

  • In 2015 alone, £11m was ploughed back into the local economy through our sales of local produce

  • Sourced Locally helped create and protect 400 jobs in our region

  • In 2015, we sold 47,000 punnets of local strawberries – in just two weeks!

  • We have 3,500 different products for you to choose from