Co-op’s festive local food range is biggest yet

East of England Co-operative is introducing its biggest ever range of local foods for Christmas, developed in partnership with its Sourced Locally suppliers. The range includes the English Rose turkey,...

East of England Co-operative is introducing its biggest ever range of local foods for Christmas, developed in partnership with its Sourced Locally suppliers.

The range includes the English Rose turkey, which won the National Competition for the Best Traditional Farm Fresh Turkey in 2013. It is reared in Shalford, Essex, and supplied by C&K Meats of Eye.

Mince pies from Essex bakers Leggs of Halstead will be available in all 135 East of England food stores in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, as will new turkey flavour crisps by another Essex producer, Fairfields Farm, which grows its potatoes locally and has developed the new flavour in association with Chelmsford’s Kelly Bronze Turkeys.

Collaboration between producers is a recurring theme. Wolff-Evans and Sons of Rendlesham is producing soft-centred scotch eggs using Havensfield Eggs from Hoxne and sausage meat from Dingley Dell Pork of Wickham Market.

Cold meats and cheeses include game pie wedges from Hollybush Farm of Stowmarket, mini Suffolk Blue and mini Suffolk Gold cheeses from Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses, game terrine from Dan Hull of Althorne, Essex, and smoked hams from Hill Top Smokehouse of Needham Market.

Scarlett and Mustard, based near Woodbridge, have devised Rudolph’s Leftover Curry Sauce; a coronation-style oil-free dressing.

Hadleigh Maid chocolatiers has perfected its ‘retro’ Walnut Whirl, packaged in a stocking-filler friendly two-pack, and Stokes Farm Orchards is supplying spiced apple juice within the Sourced Locally own-brand range. Mauldons Brewery of Sudbury is featuring ‘Bah Humbug’ ale.

Sourced locally manager Kevin Warden said: “We’ve been bowled over that so many have gone the extra mile to create new products.”

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