Submit your email address below to receive email updates from Cumbria24.
Locally produced food, ordered online and delivered directly to your door, makes the new Cumbrian Food Direct service a weekly shopping service with a difference.
As far as is possible, whatever you buy from Cumbrian Food Direct is grown or made within Cumbria and if it can’t be sourced locally, it will be bought in from environmentally-aware suppliers, such as organic producers and fair trade organisations.
Customers will get a wide choice of first-class locally grown foodstuffs, which is expanding continually and know exactly where they come from - as well as being able to their bit for the environment.
The website allows customers to browse products, producers and place their order on-line or by telephone from the comfort of their own home or office. The goods are delivered into a ‘hub’ by the producers and orders are then delivered fresh and to your door, wherever you are, on a weekly basis.
Cumbrian Food Direct is based in Maryport with a “sub hub” in Penrith and it aims to provide a delivery service to customers throughout Cumbria. The project has been generously supported by The Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food Scheme, The Rural Development Programme for England and Allerdale Borough Council.
Cumbrian Food Direct is already delivering on a weekly basis to an increasing number of homes and offices and, this year will extend its network to schools, holiday cottages, and campsites/caravan parks throughout the county – especially in the National Park. Deliveries can also be made to groups of customers at centralised delivery points in order to reduce food miles.
Nigel Ellis, General Manager, said: “This is a very exciting new business to be involved in. People are interested – more now than ever before – about where their food comes from.
“Cumbrian Food Direct offers you the choice of buying good quality healthy food ,while at the same time supporting Cumbrian businesses. We are working in partnership with over 50 Cumbrian food producers, helping us to deliver the best fresh food on-line shopping service in the region.
“Our pricing strategy will be a key issue, but we are offering quality products which we believe represent great value for money and we are pleased to note that on a growing number of items, we can match and even beat some of our local supermarkets on price.
“We are committed to creating training placements and providing work experience for young people and we will be creating and developing links between our suppliers and Cumbrian schools throughout 2012.
“We have money available to subsidise visits of school pupils to suppliers and we look forward to working with schools to raise food awareness issues with our young people.”
If you would like to set up a local delivery group – and at the same time benefit from a regular discount on your shopping – or if you would just like more information, then please contact Kerry McPhee on 01900 818028.