Local suppliers

Adnams

 

Established in 1872, Adnams is probably best-known as a brewer of beer in the coastal town of Southwold in Suffolk.

Whilst brewing remains at the heart of Adnams, they also make a range of award-winning spirits from the same locally-sourced grains as they make their beers.

Their values are rooted in making great products without costing the earth. From working with local farmers and producers who supply their brewery, through to partnering with a local business to install an anaerobic digestion plant to turn brewery and food waste into biogas.

"We’re proud to run our business sustainably and with huge passion and care, supported by ever-evolving technology, to make great products and create memorable and fun experiences for our customers."

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Ann's Smart Oils

Ann's Smart Oils are made up of luxury 100% cold pressed rapeseed oils in a range of different flavours.

Ann is a cooking expert who has worked with BBC chefs, and she strongly believes that rapeseed oil is idea for cooking because of its high smoking point, and perfect for dressings and sauces because of its naturally nutty flavour.

All smart oils have just the right amount of seasoning and garlic - so no need to season. Simply shake and use!

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Twitter: @AnnsSmartSchool

 

Barn Farm Drinks

Barn Farm Drinks was launched by fruit farmers Craig and Gail Williamson in 2017 after they spotted a gap in the market for quality fruit juices.

The great tasting range of cloudy and clear juices are crafted using the freshest Barn Farm berries which are all pressed and bottled on the farm, which is situated just outside of Manningtree. Each Barn Farm juice is also completely natural, made with 100% fruit juice with no added sugar or colours.

Barn Farm Drinks is one of only two Red Tractor approved juice producers in the country, meaning they adhere to strict rules on food safety, traceability and environmental protection.

“We launched Barn Farm Drinks after spotting a gap in the market for quality fruit juices. Our great tasting cloudy and clear fruit juices are made with fresh berries grown in our fields overlooking the River Stour. Shopping local is a really important part of our ethos at Barn Farm Drinks so we are very proud to be a trusted local supplier at the Chelmsford Star Co-op. Shoppers can enjoy our farm-pressed 100% fruit juices as one of their five a day knowing they are enjoying the very best of Essex produce.” - Craig Williamson, Founder, Barn Farm Drinks

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Bishop Nick

Bishop Nick is an Essex-based craft brewery with an impressive history that spans over three centuries. Way back in Tudor times Bishop Nicholas Ridley burned his name into history by being martyred for sticking to his beliefs. Fast-forward to 1842 and the Ridleys made history again, only this time firing-up the kettles to create the finest brews in Essex. Today, they have six generations of brewing in their blood, peddling ales and tales of Bishop Nick.

"We have been supplying Chelmsford Star Co-op stores since Christmas 2014. Their championing of local producers has given us the opportunity to place our range of bottled ales in front of a much wider audience than might otherwise been available to us. They have always been open to taking on new and seasonal products. They empathise with the financial constraints that small businesses face and have provided business support and networking opportunities." Nelion Ridley - Director, Bishop Nick

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Brentwood Brewery Company

Brewing in Brentwood, Essex, was restarted in 2006 when the Brentwood Brewing Company was set up by Roland Kannor & Dave Holmes. The town has a long history of brewing and malting reaching back to around 1700. 

Today, they are a multi-award winning real ale micro brewery producing a wide range of draught and bottled beers. Having moved to a brand new brewery they can now increase production and take the business to a new level.

All the beer produced by the Brentwood Brewing Company is gluten free, vegan friendly and all waste products are recycled.

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Broad Oak Farm Sausage Co.

Broad Oak Farm are a 3rd generation family run business in Hatfield Broad Oak that has nearly 50 years experience in making quality sausages, hams and beef burgers in their BRC accredited factory. They work closely with local suppliers and have been proudly serving Chelmsford Star Co-operative for over 9 years.

They offer a wide range of sausage varieties, Aberdeen Angus Beef Burgers and sliced ham all made with fully traceable British meat and locally produced seasonings.

“At Broad Oak Farm, we enjoy working in partnership with the Chelmsford Star Co-op, especially their values, integrity and honesty dealing with local suppliers” - Chris Simons

Cook

OK, so this isn’t an official accolade, but the COOK Kitchen in Sittingbourne, Kent is like no other. It takes 300 people, working day and night, with immense care and pride, to create our meals. 

We’re proud to be involved every step of the way with the food we sell. We source ingredients, cook them, freeze them, pack and label them, transport and sell them in our own shops. In fact, we make nearly all the products we sell (93%). Just a few, specialised items which we are not equipped to make in our two kitchens come from external suppliers. We only work with suppliers who share our high standards regarding provenance and sustainability. If we are not 100% happy, we either look elsewhere or encourage suppliers to move closer in line with what we do.

Crouch Vale Brewery

Crouch Vale Brewery was established in 1981 by two real ale enthusiasts. Although now well-established, It is a small independent company committed to the brewing and supply of the finest cask-conditioned ales. Situated close to the River Crouch in the county of Essex, the company provides a regular weekly supply service throughout its home county and also South Suffolk, Cambridge, East Hertfordshire and East London.

In addition to the brewing and sale of our own beers, we are also one of the largest wholesalers of other brewers' cask conditioned beers in the Eastern Counties. Although we trade with brewers all over the British Isles, we are particularly interested in providing a route to market for other East Anglian suppliers, while they distribute our beers in their locale. We believe that this type of reciprocal trading through an informal, friendly network should be the cornerstone of a small brewer’s success

Cupcake Daisy

We pride ourselves in where possible using locally sourced ingredients including fresh free range eggs straight from the farm,local Marriages flour and making our own home grown fruit preserves for the yummy centres. We also use high quality cocoa chocolate for a rich decadent flavour in our Chocolate treats.

At Cupcake Daisy we feel its not just about pretty frosting we want to give you flavour combinations that really make your tongue tingle with delight.

Dan Hull Prepared Food

New range of handmade pies, ready meals, coleslaw, parfait and cooked meats.

  • All handmade with quality ingredients
  • Sourced locally - all meat and poultry

"Hi I'm Dan, we are a small business in Burnham-on-Crouch making a range of pies, ready meals, and other farm shop goodies! It's all sourced locally, made from the best quality local ingredients and produced by local people. Enjoy!”

DC Williamson

D.C. Williamson Limited is a family run soft fruit farm that is situated on the Essex/Suffolk borders. We have 120 acres of soft fruits from strawberries and raspberries to rhubarb and redcurrants.

We have our own packhouse on site which is BRC accredited, and are continually expanding our product ranges to include various puree and juices.

Delvin End Cider

Nestled in our newly planted old East Anglian variety apple orchard.

Vintage Real Essex Cider made from locally grown handpicked eating apples freshly pressed, with no added sugar, water, colourings or flavourings. Not filtered, pasteurised or carbonated. A traditional, still, crisp, clear real cider.

Elixirs of Life

Natural skin, hair &body care products providing a total alternative to mass produced commercial products.

All of Elixirs of Life hand-made products have been sent to a recognised laboratory for testing, they made been analysed and certification has been granted stating they are safe to use on the skin.

Essex Garden Foods

The Essex Garden Foods journey began four years ago when Polish national Marcin Bartkowiak, a proud Essex resident of over ten years, decided to pursue his passion and become an entrepreneur.

Marcin, a landscape architect by trade, decided to turn the sauce recipes he had made for years for family and friends, into a business.

The sauce samples he sent for laboratory testing were approved and he set about creating his business in Chelmsford, his home town in the heart of Essex.

Marcin appreciated that many Essex people have a passion for gardening and growing their own food. He felt it important that his business and brand development incorporated the cultural aspects of his adopted county and at the end of 2017, Essex Garden Foods Limited was launched.

The strong historical and rural character of the county gave him the inspiration to create his range of artisan condiment sauces. Marcin believes his product brand name, 'Proper Classic' encapsulates the essence of Essex.

 

Essex Garden Foods is a member of  ‘A Taste of Anglia’, the organisation that supports and promotes the food and drink industry across the country. The company also has been supported by the Essex Innovation Programme and Nwes, not-for-profit enterprise agency, that  provide total business support and help businesses get off the ground.

Fairfields Farm Crisps

Robert & Laura Strathern grow the best varieties of potatoes for frying, Fairfields then lovingly create a range of hand cooed crisps at our factory in Colchester.

Sourcing the finest natural ingredients from artisan producers in our region and using sunflower oil means that many of our flavours are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians - try them, you just can't put them down!

Fairfields Farm Potatoes

In 2008 Fairfields launched their own fresh potato range of pre-packed and boxed bakers, which has gone from the strength to strength across the Essex and Suffolk area.

We pride ourselves on being able to show our valued customers which field the potatoes are grown in, and where our potatoes are stored, graded, washed, cooked and bagged - all on our family farm in the village of Wormingford.

Farmer Brown's Oil

The seed is grown on the Essex / Suffolk border using sustainable agricultural methods. Using processes with total traceability, the seed is dried then gently cold pressed. During this process no chemicals are used to extract or refine the oil. Just 100% pure Rapeseed oil. The oil is filtered and bottled at the farm thereby retaining its goodness and nutritional properties.

A delicate, versatile, mild tasting oil that is low in saturated fat but contains omega 3, 6 and 9. It has high burn point which makes it wonderful for roasting and frying. It is also excellent for dressing and marinades.

Fatherson Bakery

Delicious, award winning, handmade cakes, lovingly produced by traditional bakers using the finest storeroom ingredients. A taste of homemade. Founding date: November 2007  AwardsGreat Taste Gold 2009 & 2010 - Lemon Drizzle Loaf
Great Taste Gold 2010- Banoffee & Pecan Loaf
Great Taste Gold 2011- Carribean Loaf
Great Taste Gold 2014 - Luxury Mince Pies
HEFF Diamond Award 2009 - Lemon Drizzle Loaf
HEFF Diamond Award 2010- Ginger & Lemon Loaf

 

Fiveways Fruit Farm

Fiveways Fruit Farm is a local farm situated in Stanway which sells Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Apples, Asparagus and Christmas Trees.

We supply selected Chelmsford Star Co-op stores with Essex strawberries & raspberries.

Greek Olive Company

The Greek Olive Company and The Black Dog Chili Company are a small, family run business based near the coast in Suffolk. We have the passion and ability to create amazing flavours together with an instinctive way of combining ingredients. We produce everything from chili jams that are bursting with fresh flavours of habaneros and truly hot, to subtle spice mixes that delicately flavour our beautiful olives.

Our aim is to make great products that are full of flavour and that you will find superb time after time. We are dedicated to top quality and consistency and hope that when you try us, you’ll agree time and again.

Hoyle's Honey

Hoyle's Honey is 100% raw, it is not blended, pasteurized or refined; we prefer that our honey provides that smooth, delicate and natural taste and that the nutritional goodness stays in the jar, just as nature intended.

Jim Jams

We specialise in healthy, wholesome, natural food and make spreads and preserves with no added sugar, gluten free, and are kinder to teeth! Perfect for children and the whole family.

Ken Green Fish

We are a Fish Merchant who supplies to retail and wholesale customers. We specialise in smoked fish which we smoke ourselves from our premises in Clacton.

Kings Seeds

Essex has been the centre of English seed production for many centuries. Its climate and rainfall are ideal for raising plants and taking them through the growing cycle to obtain the highest quality of seed.

Kings have been following that process for over a hundred years. On our farm of some 300 acres, we have been selecting and maintaining seed stocks longer than most. We are now unique in that Kings is the last surviving wholesale horticultural seed merchant in the country.

We supply seed to commercial growers of flowers and vegetables, wholesale to large users of seed and to the home gardener through our seed packets. Whichever type of customer Kings are supplying they all have one thing in common; they all receive the same fine quality seed.

There have been many changes over the hundred years of our company's existence and there will be many more in the next hundred but quality of the highest standard is one thing that has never changed at Kings and never will in the future.

Kings Seeds

Welcome to Kings Seeds, a leading supplier of vegetable seeds, flowers seeds, organic vegetable seeds, herbs seeds, Sweet Pea seeds, fruit trees and various Plug plants, from the traditional home of the British seed industry, in Kelvedon, who have been supplying commercial & retail growers since 1888. Essex has been the centre of English seed production for many centuries. Its climate and rainfall are ideal for raising plants and taking them through the growing cycle to obtain the highest quality of seed.

We like to think we have survived this long as all our seeds are tested in our own laboratory, by a qualified technician, for germination, vigour and purity, before being packed and distributed worldwide.

Lillypuds

I love to cook and for me, there is nothing more rewarding than preparing food for others to enjoy.  My Christmas pudding recipe has been enjoyed for many a year by friends and family and in 2015 I had the opportunity to bring LillyPuds to market from our home in East Anglia. 

My foodie dream had been realised… to my delight, my recipe was a resounding success and it’s even been possible to convert those with a dislike for our great British pud!  I also wanted the LillyPuds styling to symbolise the festive season – a time for the giving and receiving of presents.  So, a LillyPud is wrapped to make an ideal foodie gift.

Our pudding journey since October 2015 has been amazing and my premium award-winning Christmas Puddings are now being enjoyed by LillyPudlians year on year.  I must offer my thanks to my loyal customers for their interest and support –  thank you, thank you.  If you are new to LillyPuds, I hope you love my puddings and join my pudding club! And please, let me know how it was for you!   Merry Christmas!

Alison Lilly – Founder

Muffin Makery

The Muffin Makery is based in South Essex and started by Kelly & Kat in 2014.

Kelly & Kat met at University studying Fine Art & both graduated in 2011.

Our love of Art & baking with great ingredients cemented the partnership, which is now The Muffin Makery.......... 

The recipes for our Muffins are top secret, so encouraged by customer demand in 2016 we developed a 'Home baking range of Free From Muffin Mixes', to make 'Free From' muffin making easy, opening up a new world of creative baking.

Priors Hall Farm

We are producing a great new range of bespoke fresh meat cuts, presented by our skilled butchers and simply packaged to arrive perfectly on your place.

In 2003, Priors Hall diversifed from just farming and started producing pork products from grain to plate. After much encouragement from many of our loyal customers, we have now sourced other local meats also reared to match our high welfare standards. Our produce is totally traceable and direct from the farm.

Rainbow Wholefoods

Wholefood retailers and wholesalers to Norwich, East Anglia and beyond since 1976 A champion of organic produce and green non-foods (amongst other things) we sell over 2,500 wonderful products from the heart of Norwich (a fine City). 100% vegetarian and 100% GM free.

 

Retrocorn

We take traditional British Sweets and coat our olive oil propped corn in all the amazing flavours of your childhood!

Each handmade bag of Retrocorn is a feast for you senses; using only the very best ingredients to create a super-indulgent little package of delight that you, your friends and family, can enjoy without any sense of guild.

Round Tower Brewery

Interesting beer brewed with passion.

We are a small independent microbrewery based in the centre of Chelmsford City producing modern craft beer using only the finest ingredients. Our forward thinking brews range from well-hopped golds, through contemporary browns to rich and complex stouts. Each recipe is unique.

Scarlett & Mustard

Delicious dressings, marinades, sauces, oils, condiments & curds.

For food-mad families & epicureans everywhere!

All made using the best, zingiest, freshest ingredients we can find, and we don't use any additives, colourings or flavourings. Just Add Food!

Shaken Udder Milkshakes

Shaken Udder Milkshakes are a magnificent herd of delicious milkshakes made with fresh British milk and real fruit or chocolate. What's more they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

Shaken Udder started life back in 2004 as Jodie and Howie's dream to produce Britain's Best Milkshakes and they haven't looked back! Best of all they are delicious, so go on and give them a try.

Tiptree Patisserie

Tiptree Patisserie, the home of quality handmade cakes, biscuits and high class patisserie. Our expereienced team of bakers, patissiers and cake decorators make a vast range of exceptional products on a daily basis.

We currently stock the 'Yours to Enjoy' range of cake bars, with ohter lines coming soon.

Tooty Fruity

We started our family business back in 2005, with the mission of supplying delicious snacks from around the world. We've been doing just that ever since.

In the process we've tried to keep our carbon footprint as light as possible, minimising waste and our use of energy. We calculate our carbon emissions and offset them. 

 

Verstegen

Our range of Micro Sauces have been developed using only the finest quality herbs and spices. We understand that both quality and convenience play an important part in today's modern eating experience, which is why we have created such a delicious range of sauces in less wasteful portion sizes and in containers that can be heated in a matter of seconds.

Wicks Manor Pork

"Made on our Farm" Established in 1967, we produce dry cured bacon, sausages, burgers, ham, gammons and pork on our family run pig farm near Maldon.

"Proud of our Quality" Our facility is BRC Grade A approved to ensure you receive our Premium Maldon product at it's best every time.