Producers News

We provide a free news dissemination service for Happerley Network members and organisations. Please email [email protected] with the subject heading "Happerley News In" and your Membership number. Please supply at least one image with each release.

Tractors, Tastings and Transparency

  This weekend, we attended BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace, situated in the heart of Oxfordshire. An event featuring the very latest farm machinery, free food sampling and supply chain provenance. We were blessed by the fantastic weather, leading to bumper crowds visiting the show.   We were situated in the Midcounties Coop tent, next to Adam Henson’s farm, join...

New apps, new offices, new team

  Happerley is growing. The movement to turn the food industry transparent, started on a small farm in Gloucestershire, is gathering pace.    We are delighted to be launching our new Happerley app for Android and iOS at BBC Countryfile Live.    Search Happerley on your App Store and download for free!   Find us at Adam's Farm where you can QR scan the suppl...

First Happerley Food Heaven with Adam Henson Promises to be A Farm to Fork Shopping Extravaganza

  Many champions of provenance have now signed up to the Best of Our Counties Happerley Food Heaven, with Adam Henson, at Andoversford Races, Cheltenham on 8 and 15 April. This pioneering food and drink shopping extravaganza is designed to enable consumers to better appreciate and understand the journey of their food.   It will provide a shopping experience that...

Cotteswold Dairy's Roseanne McEwan Speaks on Provenance, Transparency, and The Happerley Movement

  Established in 1938, Cotteswold Dairy has an immense following of loyal customers with transparency being high on the list of reasons why.

Is There Any Future For Family Farms?

  Last year, The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) issued a report claiming of the family owned farms remaining in 2000, 50% have now gone out of business.   That statistic highlights a seismic shift in how our land is being farmed and one that should concern us all. Family farmers are an exceptionally economically resilient community, working to the prin...

Plant Trees on Your Land – More Funding Available January 2017

Farmers wishing to plant up a new woodland can apply for funding from The Woodland Creation Grant; operating under the umbrella of the Countryside Stewardship scheme.   Funding applications can be submitted from 3 January until 1 March 2017. However, the forms are available now so woodland officers have more time to make a site visit and make any necessary amendments...

Support Your Local Producers at Christmas

The festive season is upon us so now so what better time than to try and keep your Christmas shopping local to show support for your producer neighbours. Before you rush off to the supermarket or begin a marathon shopping session online, perhaps just stop for one moment and take a good look around your local community; you will be amazed at the rich assortment of Christmas good...

West Country Food & Farming Businesses Urged to Keep Promoting Provenance

Food and farming businesses in the West Country have been urged not to let provenance opportunities slip through their fingers. Humphrey Richards, area director for Lloyds Bank across Devon, Dorset and Somerset, has said that there is a decline in the number of businesses seeing the benefits of promoting their product’s geographical point of origin or its uni...

Food Fraud Inquiry Into Alleged Illegal Practices Duping Shoppers to Pay a Premium for Scottish Beef

Investigators at Food Standards Scotland’s (FSS) new food crime unit say they have information that inferior beef from Eastern Europe, Ireland and England is being imported and repackaged with a premium Scottish label.   An investigation has found that non-farm assured beef is coming in from across Europe, England and Ireland and getting processed in Scotland a...

Plans for Isle of Skye Abattoir in Jeopardy Following Brexit

A campaign designed to put the Isle of Skye on the global gourmet map by promoting the origins of rare cuts of local meats is now under threat amid fears over securing vital European funding following Brexit. The island had an abattoir before it closed several years ago and the new micro-abattoir planned for a site in Portree would provide a service to local crofters an...