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East of England Co-op reveals plan to create ‘truly local food hub’ in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 16:29 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 17 March 2017

Roger Grosvenor, Executive Officer – Retail, of East of England Co-op.

Roger Grosvenor, Executive Officer – Retail, of East of England Co-op.

The East of England Co-op revealed plans at its awards event on Thursday night to create a “truly local food hub”, helping its local suppliers to distribute their produce further afield.

The regional retailer’s joint chief executive Roger Grosvenor said the idea had been “in our minds” for the last two years.

The hub, which it is thought would be based at the chain’s distribution centre in Boss Hall Road, Ipswich, would enable suppliers to serve a range of customers, such as hotels, restaurants and government contracts, with a ready route down the A12 to London, he explained.

“We’ll be talking to you shortly about how we set this up,” Mr Grosvenor told suppliers gathered for the Producer of the Year awards ceremony.

The idea was to sell their produce in more places and “keep your businesses thriving and growing”, he explained. “Local sourcing helps us punch above our weight,” he added.

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