Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker saw how Co-operative Food is championing fantastic Calderdale produce when he visited its Mytholmroyd branch.
While there, he met suppliers taking part in the community retailer’s local supplier initiative.
The Co-op has signed up more than 50 local manufacturers and micro producers to provide its stores across Yorkshire with a wide range of locally produced items including eggs, chutneys, pies, sausages and beer.
The MP met representatives from Elland-based sweet manufacturer Joseph Dobson and Sons, Todmorden-based Porcus, which specialises in artisan sausages, plus the Little Valley Brewery from Hebden Bridge.
The Co-op has worked closely with the suppliers in order to understand and unlock the logistical issues which in the past have prevented local firms providing relatively small amounts of their quality products to stores in their vicinity.
Mr Whittaker said: “I fully support the Co-op’s initiative to champion local produce and to support local suppliers and manufacturers.
“We have a wide range of manufactures and micro-producers here in the Calder Valley but unfortunately many of them have been unable to breakdown the traditional barriers that have prevented them from getting their produce in to local stores. “The Co-op’s work to support local producers gives them a real boost and this in turn, helps to support our local economy. The initiative is also supported by consumers who can have confidence in knowing where their produce has come from’.
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