Sheffield MP’s drive to help local food producers

(l-r) Co-operative head of product development Kate Jones, Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh and Richard Pitchfork, of Maxons Sweets at the Co-operative, Lowedges Road where they are running an initiative to stock local products. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Co-operative head of product development Kate Jones, Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh and Richard Pitchfork, of Maxons Sweets at the Co-operative, Lowedges Road where they are running an initiative to stock local products. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A Sheffield MP was given the chance to see for herself how Yorkshire produce is being championed in the region.

Louise Haigh, MP for Sheffield Heeley, visited the Co-op food store in Lowedges Road, where she met Richard Pitchfork from Maxons Sweets - one of the Yorkshire-based manufacturers 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, baked goods, ice cream, sweets, chutneys, pies, sausages and beer.

Maxons of Bradbury Street, is a family-run business that has been passed down through five generations. They manufacture sugar confectionary, specialising in boiled sweets which are produced using the same equipment used by the family since the 1950s.

Kate Jones, who is head of local sourcing, said: “Products made in the vicinity of our stores are prized by customers, who want to support regionally-produced food. Our unique local sourcing initiative has been designed to break down the barriers which have previously made it difficult for small companies to supply large national organisations. Our vision is to champion a better way of doing business for our communities and what better way for us to do this than to sell as many locally produced goods as possible.”

Richard Pitchfork from Sheffield-based Maxons said: “We’re delighted our sweets will now be available in Co-op stores. Yorkshire is renowned for producing some of the best food and drink in the country and we are thrilled to be part of this new local sourcing initiative.”