Having recently purchased Elveden Distributions, Thomas Ridley Food Service is working to champion local and regional brands in food service. As a region the East has not been as good at shouting about the products it makes. It sounds like this is all about to change.
Having acquired the Elveden Fine Food and the Tastes of Anglia brands late last year, Thomas Ridley is to offer the Local & Regional product range to the food service sector. Rachel Summers said: “We are committed to providing quality ingredients and new products to respond to market trends, sourcing from a network of ethical suppliers. Our monthly buying meetings are now a highlight of the food service diary. So we all have our ‘fingers on the pulse’ the buying and marketing teams together with representatives from the sales team meet to sample and taste test new product lines, we collectively agree which products are to be listed and plan the route to market.” So hopefully we will soon see more great local produce on the shelves of our retailers and it will offer many great opportunities for producers in the East.