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The Kings Arms in Mevagissey Cornwall Become the First Happerley Pub To Join Our Network

We are delighted to announce that The Kings Arms in Mevagissey, Cornwall have joined the Happerley network. They were the second UK restaurant to do so. We are currently in the process of adding their suppliers to our network so consumers will be able to see a completely transparent supply chain right back to the producer, whether farmer, fisherman, baker, butcher, or indeed br...

Bensons the Juicers Join Happerley as an Intermediary

Gloucestershire based fruit juice producer ‘Bensons the Juicers’ have signed up to Happerley as an Intermediary.  Bensons make juice based drinks and iced lollies on their National Trust farm in Sherborne using centuries old pressing methods. MD Jeremy Benson was originally a farmer in Cambridge and has a long history of farming in his family with his fath...

Meet the 'Cucamelon' with Provenance from the Real Veg Shack

Tiny, doll-sized melons might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for one Market Weighton farmer turned teacher, they are proving very popular this summer. Mark Thompson and his wife Catherine began growing the cucamelons on their market garden plot to see if they would be popular with the public.   Mark was a farmer but now works as a teacher and the couple sell...

Love Lamb Week 1-7th September

The Ulster Farmers’ Union, as part of a UK-wide campaign, is encouraging consumers to celebrate everything that is good about lamb as part of #LoveLambWeek, from 1 to 7 September.   Lamb is versatile, delicious and easy to cook says UFU hill farming chairman Ian Buchanan who produces lamb near Dungiven. UFU hill farming chairman Ian Buchanan who produce...

Food Standards Scotland Launches Food Fraud Hotline

A hotline is being launched to help combat the UK's £1.2bn food crime problem in the wake of the horse meat scandal.   Food crime is the deliberate manipulation, substitution, mislabeling or fraud in relation to food. Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and Crimestoppers have created the free Scottish Food Crime Hotline for  people to call in their suspicion...

Provenance Becoming More Important with Welsh Shoppers

Welsh shoppers are increasingly interested in where their food comes from, according to a new consumer survey from Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).  Some 80% of consumers always read the labels to see the provenance of what they eat – with around half unhappy about the availability of home-produced food, the study showed. The survey of 2,000 s...

Public Gives Farmers Top Marks on Food Safety

A new survey has shown that consumers have more trust in farmers to make sure food is safe than government or supermarkets.   The British Social Attitudes survey from social research institute NatCen, uncovers for the first time who the British public trust when it comes to the food supply chain.   The results may not come as a surprise to some particula...

The Campaign to Protect Rural England calls for 'revolution' on farming subsidies.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has outlined its vision for the future of agriculture after the UK leaves the European Union in a paper titled New Model Farming. They suggest that currently too much money is given to large-scale farms and assisting smaller more diverse farms would help the countryside and rural communities says the (CPRE).   Farmers currently r...

Buyer Beware – NFU Lodges Complaint with Trading Standards over Fake Farm Names

Tesco and other supermarkets using fake farm brands have received complaints from the NFU. It is claimed that the fictitious brands mislead consumers because they believe they are in fact buying UK farmed produce.   The NFU lodged complaints with Trading Standards over the misleading use of farm names. Tesco’s were called out in particular owing to them introdu...

Goat Meat Found to be Sheep Meat

A wholesaler has been found guilty and subsequently fined £8000 for supplying goat meat which turned out to be sheep. Eight out of 11 DNA samples of what was described as goat were found to actually be sheep meat. The Trading Standards inspectors involved in the case went undercover after a tip off from a customer who believed that the goat meat he had bought was actually...