The East of England Co-op has marked the tenth anniversary of its Sourced Locally initiative with a portrait celebrating the women at the head of the East’s food and drink industry, including two of our fantastic clients.
With around 30% of the food and drink manufacturing workforce in the UK being female, it’s important for the region to champion its female producers, and that’s exactly what the East of England Co-op’s new portrait will serve to do.
The 10 women in the portrait are all entrepreneurs spearheading the region’s food and drink industry, and include two of Spring’s clients: Fiona Brice, joint director at Havensfield Eggs and Hannah Marriage, director at Marriage’s Flour, alongside others including Emily French, business partner at Foxes Farm and Sarah Savage, founder and director of Essence Foods.
Created as part of Sourced Locally Fortnight, which takes place annually to highlight to customers just how important local products are, the portrait was organised to mark 10 years of success for the Sourced Locally scheme. It was shot by renowned photographer Jenny Lewis, who went into the project in the hope of inspiring a new generation of businesswomen in the region.
Launched in 2007 following the discovery that South American asparagus was being sold in stores mere miles away from fields full of the British crop, the Sourced Locally scheme has led to a £57 million boost for the region’s economy.
The East of England Co-op’s Sourced Locally Fortnight runs from 5th-18th June, and will see participating stores across the region welcome local suppliers to talk to customers about their produce and encourage them buy locally produced items.