Harvest Fine Foods and Hampshire Fare join forces
Harvest Fine Foods is a dynamic and visionary company dedicated to supporting the hard work of our county’s local producers. Recognising the invaluable role Hampshire Fare plays in sustaining the work of these producers Harvest Fine Foods has just signed a partnership agreement to become a Corporate Friend of the county food group.
Harvest Fine Foods has been distributing products to the hospitality sector for over 12 years. When sourcing products for their customers the team at Harvest Fine Foods will always begin by looking as close to home as possible to see the options available from local producers. Over the years they have built close working relationships with many Hampshire producers including Lyburn Farmhouse Cheeses, Pratt’s Rapeseed Oil and Loosehanger Cheeses.
Mike Smales from Lyburn Farmhouse Cheeses is positive about the benefit of working with Harvest Fine Foods: 'We have worked with Harvest for quite a long time. It gives us the opportunity to get our products distributed locally with some ease as they back load to their depot saving us time and money'
Richard Strongman, Managing Director of Harvest Fine Foods, explains the many reasons sourcing locally where possible makes sense to them: “We really want to become a route to market for local producers. There are many high quality products grown and made locally and with our help producers can focus on making whilst we take away the complication of delivering to the customer. Our customers are also demanding local provenance, they want to know what they are buying and where it has come from. This is because they want to be able to tell their diners where the food has come from.”
Hampshire Fare has supported Harvest Fine Foods as a member of the food group for several years. This membership has helped the wholesale distributor to make links with local farmers, growers and producers through events and opportunities offered by the food group. Richard Strongman is excited about providing support to Hampshire Fare: “Hampshire Fare is promoting local food and enterprise and is extremely well run. We want to have a role in assisting the group to grow even more and continue its valued work.”
Mike Wright, Chairman of Hampshire Fare, commented on the new partnership: “The work of Hampshire Fare relies upon the valued support of our Corporate Partners and Friends. We are delighted to welcome Harvest Fine Foods as a Corporate Friend. They share our vision of supporting local producers and already work closely with many of our producer members. We appreciate their commitment our valued support of Hampshire producers.”
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