14 January 2019

The finest local food and drink to be showcased at Business South Local Produce & Trade Show

The 11th annual Local Produce & Trade Show will take place on Tuesday 22nd January 2019, at Southampton Football Club. Buyers of food and beverages are invited to visit the industry trade show, to meet with a range of suppliers in one event


The best of local food and drink from the South will be showcased at the Business South Local Produce Show returning on 22nd January. The event, which is a sell-out in exhibition stands this year, has been established for over a decade. It is the foremost show of its kind in the region. It brings together high-quality local producers with influential catering and hospitality trade buyers.

The Show, 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, aims to support the local and rural economies whilst developing food and drink supply chains.  

Over 60 local producers will be exhibiting on the day including Mozzo Coffee, Hambledon Vineyard, Hildon Water, Lyburn Cheese and The Olive Architects.

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.

New for 2019 will be a Meet the Buyers panel enabling producers to pitch their produce directly to a panel of buyers, and a seminar supporting the Rural Economy. A Business Advice drop in clinic will also be available for all exhibitors and business owners to use throughout the day.

Conker Spirit, Dorset’s first gin distillery has exhibited at the event for several years “Having the opportunity to meet with potential partners face to face is so important to us” explains Rupert Holloway Head Distiller and Founder of Conker Spirit.  “We pride ourselves on the quality of our spirits, but our buyers are looking for more than just the product, it’s our brand and the story behind our products that can only be fully demonstrated if we personally meet people. The Local Produce Show always enables us to meet new contacts, but also to build upon our relationships with contacts that we have met at the Show previously.”

Paul Rostand of speciality biscuit makers the Great British Biscotti Co. will be opening the event.  “We have previously exhibited at the Local Produce Trade Show and I’m delighted to be opening the event this year. As a business, the Show enables us to build local partnerships which often go on to become customers.  We have an objective in 2019 to build upon the food service arm of the business and with many hotels and caterers attending the event, the Show will be the perfect way for us to start the year and work towards this.” explains Paul. “The food industry needs events like this, they are a celebration of local food artisans that retain traditions whilst embracing innovation.  The Local Produce Show supports our local food and drink economy and heritage whilst enabling local producers to run sustainable and successful businesses.”

Ed Olphin will also be speaking at the Show. A specialist growing businesses and brands in the food industry including Mars, Homepride, Kettle Chips and Jordans, Ed will be sharing his knowledge about branding and communications. “I’m so excited to be involved with the Local Produce Show 2019, an event which brings together so many high-quality food and drink producers under one roof” explains Ed. “In an industry which prides itself on its diversity, it has never been more important for businesses to make themselves stand out. I’ll be sharing my learnings and providing real, practical actions businesses can take to focus and turbo-charge sales to make 2019 their best year yet. I’ll also be sharing some tips from the books I am writing to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses following my recent partnership with Christian Barrington at Mud Foods.”

Event details

The Local Produce & Trade Show will take place on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 at Southampton Football Club, Britannia Road, Southampton, SO14 5FP

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This event is open to genuine buyers of food and drink to attend for free, to register for free email or call 02382 021280

What to expect

• Exhibition open to buyers 10.30am - 3.30pm

• Meet the Hampshire Fare team who work with 400 members, dedicated to producing, selling or serving local produce

• Network with colleagues from the hospitality industry

• Enjoy a variety of tastings and demonstrations at each stand

• In addition to the exhibition you are welcome to join one of the seminars taking place in the main exhibition zone

Seminar programme

11.00am - 11.30am - The Rural Economy

1.00pm - 1.45pm - Meet the Buyer, producers will present to a panel of buyers

2.00pm - 2.30pm - Hospitality & Catering Careers


Paris Smith - Headline Sponsor
Cavendish Ship Stores - Headline Sponsor
Hampshire Fare
Hampshire Farmers’ Markets
Jake's Artisan Foods
Chalk Stream Foods
The Cold Pressed Oil Company
Summerdown Mint
The Olive Architects
Medina Food Service
New Forest Marque
Harvest Fine Foods
Tom Parker Creamery
JK Fine Chocolates
Honesty Group
Mortimer Chocolate Company
Eling Tide Mill
Hampshire Salami
Dorset Chilli
Mud Foods
Wessex Country Gammon
Great British Biscotti Co.
Dorset Ginger Company
Beau Farm Artisan Cheese
Ebb Tides Seaweeds
The Nut Butter Company
Fluffetts Farm
Lyburn Cheese
Enterprise First
Snows Group
Charlotte Browns Handmade
The Coffee Bean Company
Hill Farm Juice
Flack Manor Brewery
Winchester Distillery
Ringwood Brewery
Conker Spirit
Tap It Brewing
Gospel Green
Isle of Wight Distillery
Goddards Brewery
Beachcomber Gin Ltd
Test Brewing
Fordington Gin
Chalk Down Cider
Chalice Mead Ltd
Island Brewery
Hambledon Vineyard
Andwell Brewing Company
Hildon Water
Mozzo Coffee

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