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Organic September is back!

01/09/2019

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Hi, fellas. Organic September is back and there are lots of news and events everywhere!

Organic September is a month-long campaign designed to encourage more people to try organic as a way to promote and educate people about organic food & farming practices.

Following a year of unprecedented env ...
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Global News
Climate Change and Land: the ipcc report

07/08/2019

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"Climate Change and Land" is the last report made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It has been made by 103 experts from 52 countries and it states that it will be impossible to keep global temperatur ...
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Essential News
Essential Trading and Palm Oil

30/07/2019

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Essential Trading support sustainable production of palm oil. Our suppliers areaudited to ensure that principles and criteria for sustainable palm oil production are met, including the preservation of threatened species and habitats. The supplier of palm oil used ...
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Global News
About our No Air-Freight policy

22/07/2019

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Essential operates a sustainable shipping policy and imports commodities from around the world via cargo vessel alone; never by air freight. The environmental impact of air freight versus sea freight is much larger. On average, goods transported by modern cargo plane will emit 500g o ...
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Essential News
About the supply chain

17/07/2019

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To excel as a sustainable businessprovidingethically sourced, vegetarian products from a pioneering worker cooperative–our vision defines not just what we dobut how we do it. From provenance to governance, our values and ethics are the very heartof our business. We maintaintransp ...
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Essential News
Important Clarification on Organic Flapjack

10/07/2019

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Dear Customer,

We are recalling one of our Essential flapjacks because it may contain traces of nuts which are not declared on the label.

The following:

CHOCOLATE CHIP & COCONUT with the Best Before 21.08.19 which has been delivered to you in a VEGAN MIXED CASE (M760P)

Needs to be recalled.

P ...
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Global News
Towards a circular economy

09/07/2019

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A circular economy (often referred to simply as "circularity") is an economic system aimed at minimizing waste and making the most of resources. In a circular system resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimized by slowing, closing, and narrowing energy and material loops; thi ...
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Global News
Education and cooperativism

26/06/2019

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Collaboration has long been at the heart of the co-operatives. The earliest symbols of co-operative societies included beehives, the wheatsheaf and handshakes, all of which emphasised how working together was a core belief of this burgeoning movement.

This can also be said for the Co-operative Coll ...
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Global News
Co-op Fortnight 2019 is about to start!

24/06/2019

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Every year hundreds of co-ops and organisations across the UK work together to promote co-ops during Co-op Fortnight.

Co-op Fortnight is organised by Co-operatives UK, sponsored by some of the UK’s most successful co-operatives and brought to life by co-ops across the UK.

From 24 June to 7 July 2 ...
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Local News
Eight new free-to-use water fountains in Bristol!

19/06/2019

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Some of Bristol’s busiest areas are to benefit from eight new free-to-use water fountain in a bid to fight against plastic waste.

The new water fountains will increase the number of refill fountains in Bristol and will be installed over the coming months by Bristol Water, in partnership with Bristo ...
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Essential News
Essential Olive Oil is bird-friendly guarantee

14/06/2019

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After answering several inquiries from concerned customers, and also from the request of Ethical Consumer Magazine to offer an official response, we understand that it is necessary to make this clarification regarding the issue of bird deaths during the olive harvest in Andalucia, Italy and Portugal ...
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Priorities for greening the financial sector

27/05/2019

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In a declaration adopted on 24 May, members of the European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB) have called on European leaders to strengthen their efforts in the fight against climate change, by asking for measures to create incentives for the transition to a sustainable economy.

The declarat ...
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Essential News
We are partners of Going for Gold!

15/05/2019

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We’re happy to announce our partnership with Bristol’s Going for Gold initiative! The purpose of the award is to unify efforts to improve food sustainability throughout our city and build momentum for positive action. Over the next couple of years we’ll be working with the campaign and doing all th ...
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Global News
We love the National Vegetarian Week!

13/05/2019

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The National Vegetarian Week 2019 runs between 13-19 May and tries to highlight to the wider public the health and environmental benefits of a meat-free diet.

Endorsed by the Vegetarian Society, a web has been released and events will be held across the country to illustrate the recipes which make ...
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Local News
Going for Gold website released!

08/05/2019

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Going For Gold is a Bristol-wide bid to be recognised as a Gold Sustainable Food City. Sustainable Food Cities is a national programme that enables a city-wide approach to improving the local food system. As one of the first three cities to achieve Silver status, Bristol has already shown that it ha ...
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Essential News
Important Clarification on O011P Bulk Olive Oil

01/05/2019

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We have been advised that it is necessary to have a licence to BOTTLE olive oil (as every manufacturer does to pack down ingredients from bulk into consumer unit). Check the link.

Therefore the product cannot be sold on tap as refill as we suggest in our May / June 2019 catalogue. It can be used a ...
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Essential News
May Bank Holiday Delivery Schedules

23/04/2019

Essential Trading is closed on the May Bank Holidays - that’s Monday 6th and Monday 27th.

If you normally receive a delivery on a Monday.

If you normally receive a delivery on a Monday and you are NOT on our Cornwall A or Sheffield delivery runs (that’s either CORN or SHEFF on your invoices in the ...
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Essential News
Easter Delivery Schedule.

15/04/2019

Essential Trading is closed on Good Friday April 19th and Easter Monday April 22nd.

Friday Deliveries.

If your delivery day is on a Friday, your alternative delivery options will be Friday 12th April or Friday 26th April.

Monday Deliveries.

If your delivery day is on a Monday, and you are not on ...
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Essential News
Food Recall: Curry Powder Madras Hot

01/04/2019

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Here at Essential Trading Quality Assurance we take the integrity of all the foods we sell very seriously. We were conducting a HACCP review of our herbs and spices and found a specification recipe had changed before the labelling team had updated the pack label.

As our products are fully traceable ...
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Global News
Co-op Group launches online food delivery service

22/03/2019

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"The Co-op Group is launching a home delivery service for groceries, beginning with a trial in nine London stores.

It is the first time the organisation has offered online grocery deliveries via a dedicated website, shop.coop.co.uk, and follows a recent trial of autonomous robot deliveries in Milto ...
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Global News
UK Co-operative of the Year Awards 2019

14/03/2019

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It’s nearly time for the annual awards for co-operatives in the UK – and nominations are now open.

This year the awards are for:

a) Leading Co-operative of the Year (for co-ops with turnover of more than £30m).
b) Inspiring Co-operative of the Year (for co-ops with turnover of between £1m and £30 ...
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Charity News
Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

27/02/2019

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For two weeks every year, thousands of people, charities, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food.

These people very often live in some of the poorest countries in the world and are exploited and badly paid. This year the Fairtrade Foundation is fo ...
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Essential News
And the Best Eco Home award goes to...

01/02/2019

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Our toilet tissue has won the Best Eco Home award! Thank you, Health Food Business magazine and thanks to all those people who spent their time voting online!

Our Toilet Tissue recycled paper production uses 40% to 60% less energy than making new paper from trees, and reduces contribution to air pollution by 95%. Made from 100% washed recycled paper, unbleached and undyed.
Essential News
Let me introduce to you our new Black Beans!

14/01/2019

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A welcome addition bringing the Essential range of organic tinned pulses up to number eight: Black Beans. Used as a food in the Americas for 7000 years, Black Beans are a good source of protein and soluble fibre.

Made using just water and black beans: so added salt or sugar, and with an Rsp of less than a quid!
Customer News
Becoming an ethical consumer

01/01/2019

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In the end, it all comes down to this, right? Be morally responsible for what we buy. Do our part to improve society and try to help the planet and the wildlife in it.

That's why Essential Trading supports the campaign launched by the Ethical Consumer magazine "Pledge to be an Ethical Consumer", which you can endorse if you follow the link.
Essential News
Info on extras

01/01/2019

As of now we are no longer able to take extras after 11am on the working day before delivery.

In order for us to continue offering next day delivery we have to make a few changes, among these the discontinuation of extras.

Everything you need to order should be with us by 11am on the working day b ...
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Global News
Co-operatives Fortnight campaign has been launched

22/11/2018

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Co-operatives UK has announced the theme for next year’s Co-operatives Fortnight (24 June-7 July), which will focus on creating a co-operation nation.

The Fortnight campaign was launched on November 22nd at the Practitioners Forum in Manchester. Co-operatives UK, the apex body for the sector, is ca ...
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Essential News
A new label for our tomato range

13/11/2018

We are very pleased to announce that we have redesigned the label of the entire range of tomato products. I hope you like it.
Global News
The World Vegan Month

01/11/2018

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People around the world choose to mark World Vegan Month in an array of different ways. You could host a vegan lunch at work or a vegan dinner party with friends; commit to taking part in vegan outreach in your local community; share your favourite vegan recipes on social media or even challenge you ...
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Product News
Oat Milk supply news!

26/10/2018

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Hello. Exciting news!
We are really delighted to introduce you to our new supplier: Minor Figures.
Their fantastic products, among which is a fantastic foamable oat milk, will be available for you early next week.
Cheers!
Global News
The World Vegan Day (and Month) is coming!

25/10/2018

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World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world every 1 November. The benefits of veganism for humans, non-human animals, and the natural environment are celebrated through activities such as setting up stalls, hosting potlucks, and planting memorial trees.

This event was ...
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Customer News
An important notice about the Open Day!

01/09/2018

In about 10 days we will celebrate our Open Day! We are hoping to see you here, but we also want to let you know that we'll be closing early on Friday 28th of September to have everything ready. If you are planning to place an order for delivery on Monday 1st (or collection on Friday 28th), please p ...
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Festival News
Organic Myths - Busted!

01/08/2018

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This is a very good article about common lies that can be heard about organic food. They bust these five myths:
1. Organic food is no healthier for you.
2. Organic is needlessly expensive.
3. Organic is a scam.
4. Organic products are not available.
5. Organic is old-fashioned.
Global News
Organic September is Coming!

01/07/2018

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Last year's Organic September was the biggest ever:

- Organic sales increased to 7.1% in September (up from 4.2% Jan-Aug, source: Nielsen)
- Media reach: 61 million
- Social media reach: 38 million

Do you know why you should be involved? Follow the link.
Essential News
The Co-operative Economy Report 2018

26/06/2018

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"The Co-operative Economy, published annually by Co-operatives UK, is the nation’s only comprehensive report on the UK’s co-operative sector. It reveals turnover, membership and employee figures for thousands of businesses across the UK".

Have a look at this report, and find out why the "co-operative option" is growing, and is doing business better, across different sectors and different nations.
Essential News
Worker Co-op Weekend 2018

07/06/2018

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The Worker Co-op Weekend is a yearly gathering of worker co-ops from all over the UK organised by Cooperatives UK. This year it was in an outdoor centre in Derbyshire with dorm and camping options.

The weekend kicked off on Friday afternoon with an intro talk and an ice-breaker after dinner to int ...
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Essential News
We stop selling water in plastic bottles.

14/05/2018

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We’re proud to announce that we are no longer selling water in plastic bottles. We've been waiting for the last bottle to leave the warehouse - and it's finally gone! (You can still buy water in glass bottles from us, though).
Essential Trading are firmly against the use of single-use plastics and w ...
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Customer News
Open Day Registration Form

26/02/2018

The new Open Day Registration Form is now available on this link: https://www.essential-trading.co.uk/openday_register.aspx

Please note that Essential Trading Open day is a trade event open to registered customers of Essential only.
Essential News
Your Healthy Living Magazin awards

05/12/2017

Woohoo! Our Organic Young Jackfruit has been highly commended in the Your Healthy Living Magazine awards, under 'Best Organic Product'. If you don't know Jack yet, then get to know him! - there's a bit of background on Jackfruit here, and a recipe to get you started - goo.gl/aDLfdA
Festival News
Festival season, just about over...

21/09/2017

We've had a long and busy festival season but it's drawing to an end. We've delivered to over 15 music festivals this summer; all over the country! It seems as if there are more springing up every year. We're proud to be part of this alternative culture that is becoming more and more widespread and ...
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Show News
The final Bristol Vegfest - 2017

13/06/2017

The Year of the Jackfruit.
So Jack came to Bristol as Essential introduced our new organic offering at VegfestUK 2017. We piled cans of Jackfruit high - and started cooking up a seemingly never-ending supply of samples.
A fabulous weekend - big UP to the organisers - for another fantastic event - w ...
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Essential News
Caring at Christmas

18/10/2016

Essential is donating to Caring at Christmas for the 18th consecutive year.

Caring at Christmas is a registered charity which aims to improve the wellbeing of homeless people in the Bristol area by providing a safe and welcoming shelter, food and support for homeless people over the Christmas perio ...
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Essential News
Bristol VegFest 2016

26/05/2016

Essential Trading returned to VegFest this May to take part in the festivities and connect with the growing vegan community. We decided to come out swinging – inspired by the recent news that there are now over half a million vegans (and counting) in the UK – and sponsor the event to help show our c ...
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Essential News
No Room for Monkey Business at Essential Trading!

12/10/2015

Essential Trading is saddened by the recent expose of the coconut farming industry which revealed that a number of farms are exploiting monkey labour to pick their coconuts. Many of the monkeys used on these farms were abducted as infants and sent to special 'schools' were they are taught to pick up ...
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Product News
New Oats for Essential Trading

03/09/2015

Essential Trading is excited to announce a new organic supplier for Essential Oat products. The new partnership is a UK collaboration thanks to an introduction from OF&G (Organic Farmers & Growers) who inspect and certify organic farms, mills and other enterprises in the UK.

The organic oats will ...
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Product News
Pasta with a Passion

02/09/2015

Essential Trading has partnered with Italian artisan pasta brand La Terra e Il Cielo (The Earth & The Sky) to distribute the award-winning range exclusively in the UK. The long lasting relationship between Essential Trading and La Terra began at the turn of the millennium at the trade fair Biofach. ...
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Product News
New Veggie Award for Organic Peanut Butter

01/09/2015

Essential Trading is thrilled to announce that its Organic Peanut Butter has won the award for best Vegetarian Store Cupboard Ingredient in The Veggie Awards 2015.

The awards were judged by a prestigious vegetarian panel of celebrities and food professionals including chef Rose Elliot who judged th ...
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