Buyers Savour the Flavour of Success at the Local Produce Trade Show 2019
The 11th Local Produce Trade Show took place on the 22nd January, connecting an appetizing range of local food and drink suppliers directly with industry buyers. Over 60 food and drinks producers showcased their products to over 350 chefs and buyers on the day
Local producers came together from across the region to create an appetizing exhibition at the Local Produce Trade Show yesterday, reflecting the vibrant food and drink industry that the South has to offer.
The sell-out Show, which took place on Tuesday 22 January at the Southampton Football Club, has the objective of developing local supply chains by putting local suppliers directly in touch with buyers from cruise lines, catering businesses, government, hotels and restaurants.
The event, which is organised by Business South, and sponsored by Cavendish Ships Stores, Carnival UK, Cunard, Halo Conferences & Events, Hampshire Fare, Hampshire Farmers’ Markets, New Forest Marque and Paris Smith, shines the spotlight on the region’s exceptional food and drink.
Over 60 local food and drinks producers showcased their products to over 300 chefs and buyers on the day. Producers came from across the South and included Chalk Stream Foods, Hambledon Vineyard, Hampshire Salami, Hill Farm Juice and Mud Foods.
Paul Rostand of speciality biscuit makers the Great British Biscotti Co. opened the event. The small brand has grown from being a small kitchen-based business to having a bakery factory in Dorset today, stocking its sweet and savoury biscotti in Ocado and exporting to Canada and the Middle East. “There has never been a better time to be in food production. The supermarkets are all actively sourcing local products as a result of consumers demanding local and quality food which has a real story and real people behind it” says Paul. “Shows like this are fantastic to be a part of. Beyond the potential to meet new buyers, events like this enable us producers to support each other, to share knowledge and experiences and develop the local food community.”
Test Valley based Hildon Water was exhibited at the Show. “The Hildon name, synonymous with classic style and quality, started its 30-year journey on a humble 160-acre dairy farm deep within the Test Valley countryside near the village of Broughton.” Explains James Barnes, Digital Marketing Manager at Hildon. “Since then Hildon has gained an international reputation as one of the most iconic British bottled water brands and is now available in 36 countries worldwide. Hildon has been involved with the Local Produce Trade Show since it started, and we have always found it to be a great platform for connecting with other Hampshire businesses. We found this year’s event to be full of some truly amazing stories from local producers presenting at the Meet the Buyer panel and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the suppliers who were attending for the first time.”
Lyburn Cheese has also been involved in the Show since its inception. Mike Smales, owner of the New Forest based farmhouse cheesemakers said, “As makers of cheese with our own cows’ milk, Lyburn Cheese need to be attending events such as this to ensure we meet new customers and keep in touch with existing long-term customers.”
Southampton’s Mozzo Coffee was part of the beverage zone at the Show. “The Mozzo adventure started in 2005 with a wind & solar powered art covered tuk tuk and a simple aim to build a positive impact company. Fast forward to today and we are delighted to source and share exceptional coffee experiences through our partner venues across Hampshire, London and the UK.” Explains founder Grant Lang. “From our home at Mozzo World (The Roastery) in Southampton, we small batch roast a series of espresso, filter and capsule blends using some of the finest coffees available. Our house range of coffees, the Mozzo Label Series, deliver consistent taste profiles year after year while the Mozzo Origins collection showcases the talents of the coffees within our Community2Community Fund (C2C Fund) programme. We established the C2C Fund in 2015 and into it invest 1p per capsule and 5p for every kg of coffee sold. The Fund sets out to support the constructive progression of coffee farming communities (find out more at c2cfund.org). Mozzo has been involved with the Local Produce Trade Show since 2010 and it's been great to be part of the biggest gathering of Hampshire producers in 2019. Hampshire is home to some truly fantastic local producers and we wish everyone in the Hampshire business community an exciting and successful year ahead.”
Portsmouth Distillery was one of the producers exhibiting for the first time. “The Portsmouth Distillery is a very new venture based at 18th Century Fort Cumberland on Eastney Point, with the launch of our Fort Gin and 1968 Rum in November 2018.” Explains Dich Oatley of Portsmouth Distillery. “We are slowly getting listed in bars hotels and restaurants locally. The Local Produce Trade Show was a great way to meet real buyers from some fantastic venues, and of course an opportunity to meet fellow local producers. Some fantastic leads to follow up on! Looking forward to LPTS2020.”
Beyond providing unrivalled meet the buyer opportunities, the Show also featured a seminar programme and high-profile business speakers. Legal advice was provided by Show sponsors Paris Smith LLP regarding how to protect your brand and how to fund and protect the growth of your business. Ed Olphin from GrowGetters shared his expertise from working with brands such as Kettle Chips, Homepride and Jordans, on how to connect with customers and achieve clarity in messaging and branding.