The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is an independent voluntary consumer organisation based in St Albans, England, whose main aims are promoting real ale, real cider and the traditional British pub. It is now the largest single-issue consumer group in the UK, and is a founding member of the European Beer Consumers' Union.
Food & Drink Devon – 'Love the Flavour' represents a membership of like minded businesses, dedicated to providing good quality local food & drink. The association is committed to continuously achieving its mission - 'To make Love the Flavour a nationally recognised brand for outstanding sustainable food and drink.'
Devon is made up of a patchwork of small fields, hedge banks, orchards, pastures and sheltered river valleys and has been producing food and drink for centuries. Buying local food and drink helps sustain that special link between landscape and its harvest. It helps support the stewardship of the countryside – the cycle of maintaining hedges, restoring orchards and providing a haven for wildlife as well as cutting down on emissions by reducing the carbon footprint.
Our artisan producers boast a range of delicious food and drink from both land and sea which, with their individual microclimates, enhance the unique natural flavour. Our Hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops are dedicated to serving and selling this delightful produce.
An estimated 400,000 tonnes of surplus food can be reclaimed each year from the food retailer industry to be made into healthy and nutritious meals.
There are 4 million people affected by food poverty in the UK. BAPEN estimates that malnutrition costs the NHS 13 billion pounds each and every year.
Over 2.4m people in the UK are currently searching for work, including almost 1m 16-25 yr olds. These people need opportunities to develop skills and affect their community positively.
The situation is dire, and here's what we're doing about it:
We empower local communities to set up groups of volunteers to collect surplus produce locally and prepare nutritious meals in unused professional kitchen spaces. These delicious meals are then served to those in need in the community.
The Guild was formed in 1995 with a mission to create close links between suppliers and retailers in the independent food sector. With over 1300 members across the UK, it communicates to retailers, producers and suppliers through the ‘industry voice’, Fine Food Digest magazine. Through its unique membership database of accredited suppliers, it identifies thousands of speciality food lines available exclusively to the independent sector, enabling retail members to establish a point of difference between themselves and the supermarkets.
In 1996, the Guild launched the London Speciality & Fine Food Fair and it continues to organise exhibitions in Yorkshire and Scotland under the banner of Speciality Food Fairs. The Guild also designs and manages professionally-accredited training programmes for multiples, food halls and independents which enable us to reach over 800 counter-staff each year and impress upon them the importance of food retailing.
Since 1993 the Guild has organised the Great Taste Awards, the national benchmark for speciality food and drink, which now attracts over 7000 entries each year. The GTA has gained widespread recognition among the country’s retailers and consumers and is now seen as the benchmark for fine food in the UK. Those products fortunate enough to receive an award cannot only claim to be of the finest quality, but prove it too. All entries undergo rigorous tests by a specially selected panel of experts, including leading chefs, buyers, food critics and deli owners.
The Guild also organises the World Cheese Awards which was first staged in 1988 in London, where it has been staged every year since. Now the awards had grown into the largest international event of its type in the world.
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) promotes environmentally responsible farming. We help farmers produce good food, with care and to high environmental standards, identified in-store by the LEAF Marque logo.
We build public understanding of food and farming in a number of ways. These include Open Farm Sunday, Let Nature Feed Your Senses and year round farm visits to our national network of Demonstration Farms.
Plan Zheroes is an initiative established to address the issue of good food being thrown away to landfill while people suffer from food poverty.
The Plunkett Foundation helps rural communities through community-ownership to take control of the issues affecting them.
The focus of our work is:
- Helping rural communities to set up and run community-owned shops with a range of partner organisations
- Supporting rural communities to establish a wide range of other community-owned rural services
- Promoting and supporting the development of community food and farming enterprises across England through leading the Making Local Food Work programme and other community food and farming enterprises
- Advocating and raising awareness amongst policy makers, support organisations and rural communities themselves of the ability of rural communities to take control through community-ownership of the issues affecting them
Founded in 1919, the Plunkett Foundation is a national organisation based in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The Plunkett Foundation finds the most effective ways for each generation to put into practice the values created by its founder, Sir Horace Plunkett.
What is Real Bread?
Real Bread is nothing fancy and has nothing to hide.
And by bread, we mean crusty baps, sourdough, bagels, bialys, injera, khobez, cottage loaves, baguettes, chleb, naan, chapattis, roti, hard dough, stottie cakes, lavash, ruisleipä, ciabatta, bara brith, Staffordshire oatcakes, bannocks, tortillas, paratha, porotta, pitta, pida …the list goes on.
Real Bread basics
Everyone will have his or her own idea of what constitutes real bread. The Campaign believes that the only essential ingredients of bread are:
Yeast - cultured or naturally occurring (as in sourdough), though some flatbreads don't even need yeast
This is our definition of basic Real Bread that is accessible to all.
Additional ingredients are great as long as they are natural (e.g. seeds, nuts, cheese, herbs, oils, fats and dried fruits) and contain no artificial additives.
Scottish Organic Milk is a marketing co-operative of local dairy farmers who manage the supply of organic milk in Scotland right through from the cow to the consumer.
Our priorities lie not only with our customers and consumers but with the farmers who operate under tight regulatory standards to produce the quality product they do today.
With core milk fields in Dumfries and Galloway, Central Belt and Aberdeenshire, our milk is sold throughout Scotland and the UK, and in addition to our popular bottled liquid milk, you will find it in a range of products including, ice cream, butter, yoghurt and cheese.
A better way to eat!
In the fast modern junk food environment, Slow Food is the voice of calm reason and quality. We work to promote the greater enjoyment of food through a better understanding of its taste, quality and production, Working with local member groups across the country, our network of chefs and artisan producers we deliver educational projects and events to reconnect people with where their food comes from, how and where it is produced and the implications of the choices we make on the environment, biodiversity and our own health.
The Soil Association is a charity based in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1946, it has over 27,000 members today. Its activities include campaign work on issues including opposition to intensive farming, support for local purchasing and public education on nutrition; as well the certification of organic food. It developed the world’s first organic certification system in 1967 - standards which have since widened to encompass agriculture, aquaculture, ethical trade, food processing, forestry, health & beauty, horticulture and textiles. Today it certifies over 80% of produce in the UK.
The voice for local food and drink produced in the East of England, Tastes of Anglia is the Eastern regional food body, created by the Government (originally as MAFF, now called DEFRA) and the Food from Britain campaign back in the early Nineties.
Our primary aim is to promote the interests of our enthusiastic membership of high quality local food and drink producers, independent retail and catering businesses, affiliate service providers, major wholesalers and multiple retailers.
Nearly two decades on as a not-for-profit self-funded venture, we represent some of the finest manufacturers and growers of the region's best produce, ingredients and products from large household names to the smallest one-person enterprises.
However beyond our core marketing and business support activities is a dedicated interest in nurturing real local and seasonal food and the whole rural sector across the six counties of our region, namely Norfolk, Cambs, Suffolk, Herts, Essex and Beds.