A taste of Calderdale on co-operative shelves

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Shelves at Co-operative stores across Calderdale will soon be stocked with some of the finest products Yorkshire has to offer.

The Co-op has signed up more than 50 manufacturers and micro producers to provide its stores across Yorkshire with a wide range of locally produced items which will see the supermarket chain stock 130 products from the various suppliers,

Calderdale-based suppliers involved in the scheme include Elland-based Lottie Shaw’s Dobsons sweets, also of Elland and Porcus Sausages from Todmorden.

The Co-op is piloting its local sourcing initiative in Yorkshire but it is envisaged that within 12 months it will be rolled out to other parts of the country.

Kate Jones, head of local sourcing with the cop-operative, said: “Our customers have told us they want to buy local products at their Co-op store and so we have responded by teaming up with more than 50 new Yorkshire suppliers.

“Products made in the vicinity of our stores are prized by customers who want to support locally produced regional food which often helps to define a specific area such as Yorkshire.

“Our vision is to champion a better way of doing business for you and your communities and what better way for us to do this than to sell as many locally produced goods as possible.”

Charlotte Shaw, from Lottie Shaw’s bakery, said: “Lottie Shaw’s authentic Yorkshire bakery has, like the Co-operative, been in business for more than a hundred years and so we are delighted to join with them as a local food producer in this new campaign with our Treats to Go range.

“We firmly believe in artisan, traditional, wholesome products and look forward to working with the Co-op to showcase the very best of Yorkshire products.”

The first batch of local produce in Yorkshire also includes Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream, Stobart’s pork pies from Bradford, Mercer’s chutney, which is made near York, and Maxon’s Sweets of Sheffield.