Our local hero suppliers
It’s no laughing matter. Kudos, as caterers, takes the sourcing of local produce and ingredients very seriously.
It seems to me, that wherever you are, whoever you speak to, whatever you’re watching or listening to, everyone seems to be talking about all things local. None more prevalent than the rhetoric that surrounds local food suppliers.
For Kudos this is a serious business matter and our procurement process has been evolving and adapting to market demands. Sure we have a 21st century computerised ordering system but the market demands that provenance is king.
There in lies another challenge, define local. Clearly, residing in the UK and operating retail catering outlets, certain items may not be feasibly sourced from local suppliers. For example the UK does not grow tea, so how do we overcome this? In our instance we choose to buy our tea (or exotic items) from suppliers local to our venues, like Char Teas of Winchester. This helps the local economy and demonstrates that a medium size commercial catering operator can do their bit for local independent suppliers.
Kudos decisively believes that buying smart and buying locally has made our retail business grow year on year. Below is a demonstration of the local suppliers we buy from and what it is that they provide us with;
|Supplier Pinup||Product Range||Miles To Kudos Venue|
|Taylors Of Harrogate||Fairtrade teas & coffee products||0.20|
|Char Teas of Winchester||Speciality teas & blends||0.30|
|Avenue Bakery||Fresh bread, cakes & pastries||0.80|
|Sidwells||Fresh fruits & vegetables||0.90|
|Harrogate Water||Fresh, natural spring water||1.20|
|Shire Fine Foods||Homemade pies & baked goods||1.30|
|Farrah’s of Harrogate||Luxury toffees & confectionary||2.00|
|JG Bellerby Dairy||Organic milk, cream, butter & cheeses||2.40|
|Barbakan Bakery||Homemade cakes, tray bakes & bakery||3.20|
|Judes Ices||Hand crafted ice creams||3.80|
|Harvey & Brockless||Artisan cheeses & dairy products||4.20|
|Le Pain Nouveau||Craft bakery bread||6.50|
|Trows Of Telford||Homemade cakes, tray bakes & bakery||8.00|
|Towchester Mill Brewery||Local ales & stouts||9.00|
|Birtwistles Butchers||British, farm assured meats||9.70|
|Falcone Bakery||Craft bakery bread||10.60|
|Greene King||Local ales & stouts||28.10|
|Burt Family Butchers||British, farm assured meats||31.90|
|Harvest Fine Foods||Fresh fruit & vegetables||31.90|