Southern Co-operative is sponsoring the food pavilion at the Royal Isle of Wight County Show to showcase its commitment to local food producers.
The co-operative’s Local Flavours range will be on display at the show this Saturday (27 June), which was first introduced nine years ago on the Isle of Wight and has since extended to stores across Hampshire, Sussex and southern England.
A number of the Island’s Local Flavours suppliers, including Wight Kitchen, Pinks, The Tomato Stall, The Garlic Farm, Brownriggs and Catch will be showcasing their range in the pavilion.
Kate Hibbert, local sourcing manager for Southern, said: “Our Local Flavours range promotes local distinctiveness and is very popular with our customers. We stock more than 350 lines from over 30 Isle of Wight producers in our Island stores alone; as an independent regional retailer, it’s vital that we play a pivotal role in supporting local food producers and the rural economy; this is very much part of our business ethics as a co-operative.”
Graham Biss, County Show chair, added: “Local food and the food section of the show are very important to the Agricultural Society, and to be working with the right partner is equally important. Their commitment to local food producers, together with their support for the Show, is helping to sustain the rural economy here on the Isle of Wight.”