I attended a session with Business in the Community this week where we heard from wholesaler, distributor and shopfitting company A F Blakemore & Co — the company, incidentally, that services the SPAR retail estate of 12,000 stores.
A F Blakemore also operates a not for profit division called Heart Distribution, run by the grand daughter of the company’s founder.
The point of Heart Distribution is to help small food producers get distribution (and sales) for their produce. Anything from small farms and food processing firms to people making jams, pickles, cake, etc on their kitchen table.
If there is anyone out there who makes stuff that could be sold through SPAR stores (and others that A F Blakemore distributes to too) then its well worth a look. Really nice and genuine folk.