Gloucester Services launches search for best produce

The buyers of a new motorway services are looking for the south-west’s best food producers to supply its farm shops and kitchens.

Buyer Gloucester Services will be holding a series of ‘Meet the Buyer’ events in a bid to find the best possible produce, and will be joined by food writer and broadcaster Matthew Fort.

The company is the sister project of the Tebay Services in Cumbria, which is the UK’s only family-owned and -run motorway service area.

The idea is to take a different approach to the majority of service areas who feature franchises such as Costa, Burger King and WH Smiths.

Head of retail for Gloucester Services Stuart Clear said: “We don’t just believe in great-quality local products, we want to form long-term relationships with people who really care about what they produce. We want to meet as many farmers and growers as possible in the region who share our ethos and passion for proper food.
 
“We also want Gloucester Services to act as a springboard for new businesses. Maybe you’re a brilliant home baker and want to start up a business, a farmer who would like sell his stock direct, rather than via a wholesaler. We’re looking for delicious food and a commitment to locally-sourced ingredients, coupled with excellent hygiene standards in production.”

The search will be launched on 5 November at The Mill in Stroud, and will move on to Hereford, Cirencester, North Somerset and Pershore.

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