The event is the foremost of its kind in the region, connecting high-quality local producers directly with influential catering & hospitality trade buyers.
The long-established Show, develops local supply chains by putting suppliers directly in touch with buyers, and highlights the importance of the vibrant food and drink industry that the region has to offer.
The event, which is organised by Business South, and sponsored by Cavendish Ships Stores, Carnival UK, Cunard, Hampshire Fare, Hampshire Farmers’ Markets, New Forest Marque, and Paris Smith, has been supporting local producers for over a decade.
In 2019, the sell-out event showcased over 60 food and drinks producers introducing their products to over 350 chefs and buyers on the day. For food and drink producers, the event provides unrivalled meet the buyer opportunities along with a seminar programme providing expert insight into food industry issues.
For chefs and buyers, the event provides an invaluable opportunity to source new and exciting ingredients whilst supporting the regional economy and its local producers. Previous buyers have included; Carnival UK, University of Southampton, Ideal Collection, Hampshire County Council and Hilton at the Ageas.
Hill Farm Juice will be one of the suppliers exhibiting at the 2020 event. “lovingly squished in Hampshire” explains Samantha Keywood Office Manager “we wanted to produce local flavours that are 100% natural with absolutely NO ADDED SUGAR ,Colours or preservatives, if the apple isn’t good enough to eat it doesn’t go into the juice….there’s the love”
“The Local Produce Trade Show connects our region’s exceptional food and drink producers with buyers who are looking for delicious, new and local products with authentic provenance” explains Leigh-Sara Timberlake, Executive Director of Business South. “Our local producers not only support the regional economy, they also help to define it, by creating products that are characteristic to the region, and by enabling our food heritage to be preserved and celebrated.”