Celebrating 10 years of Local Flavours

Southern Co-op – Celebrating 10 years of Local Flavours!

Southern Co-op are celebrating ten years of supporting local food and drink producers!  In 2007, we launched our first Local Flavours range in our Isle of Wight stores, showcasing the best food and drink being produced on the Island. Since then, we have increased our network of partnerships with local food and drink producers and now ten years later, work with almost 200 producers who supply Southern Co-op stores across eleven southern counties.

To celebrate 10 years of Local Flavours we’re taking it ‘on the road’! We’ve teamed up with some of our most popular local producers and will be commencing a ten county tour across June and July with our Local Flavours  VW camper van. The van will follow a food trail across the southern region, bringing a free taste of local fare to a selection of our Southern Co-op stores., as well as some of the south’s main foodie events.

So look out for the Local Flavours camper van across the south in June and July! Pop down to any of the stores on our food trail listed below, where you can meet our producers and enjoy some of their tasty treats! We’ve also got 20% off all Local Flavours products at each Southern Co-op store event, so you can discover a new local favourite at even better value on the day.


Spot the van and WIN!

You can also WIN one of several unique local foodie experiences by posting your photos of the Local Flavours van on Facebook or Twitter! Simply post your Local Flavours food trail photos with #LocalFlavours, and we’ll give away some fab foodie prizes to our favourites each week. Find out more on Twitter @TheSouthernCoop or Facebook @southerncoop – full terms and conditions available via this link.


Our Local Flavours 10 Year Anniversary Journey…

We’ll be at these locations on the following dates, along with these local producers… You can check out full address details for the Southern Co-op store locations here.

Thursday 8th June, 11am-2pm – 1000 Lakeside, Portsmouth – Jude’s Ice Cream

Saturday 10th June, 10am-2pm – The Co-operative at Faversham Road, Lenham – Curd and Cure & Kent Crisps

Tuesday 13th June, 10am-2pm  – The Co-operative at London Road, Reigate – Popcorn Kitchen

Thursday 15th June, 10am-2pm  – The Co-operative at Arthur Road, Windsor – Bookham Harrison Farms

Tuesday 20th June, 10am-2pm  – The Co-operative at Main Road, Southbourne – Farmhouse Cookery

Thursday 22nd June, 11am-4pm  – The Co-operative at Elm Grove, Hayling Island – Jude’s ice cream

Saturday 24th June, 10am-2pm  – The Co-operatives at Afton Road, Freshwater – The Tomato Stall

Sunday 25th June – Isle of Wight Agricultural Show at Northwood, Isle of Wight PO30 5TP

Tuesday 27th June, 10am-2pm – The Co-operative at Station Road, Sturminster Newton – Olives et Al

Thursday 29th June, 10am-2pm  – The Co-operatives at Winsley Road, Bradford on Avon – Wilton Wholefoods

Saturday 1st July – The Hampshire Food Festival Launch at Chewton Glen, Christchurch Road, New Milton BH25 6QS

Tuesday 4th July, 11am-3pm  – The Co-operative at Nunney Road, Frome– Thatcher’s cider

Thursday 6th July, 10am-2pm  – The Co-operative at Exeter Road, Exmouth – The Crusty Cob

Thursday 10th July – Bedlam Brewery at Albourne Farm Estate, Wood Shaves Lane, Albourne BN6 9DS


Click on our Local Flavours Heroes to find out more:


Laura Bounds from Kent Crisps

Wilton Wholefoods

Ross Hammond of The Tomato Stall

olives et al at southern coop

olives et al

Popcorn Kitchen

Jude’s ice cream family Photo

Jason Burt from Farmhouse Cookery

Luke and Stu from Curd & Cure

Rob Bookham Peter and Tim Harrison

Richard Johnson of Thatchers Cider

Richard Johnson of Thatchers Cider











Welcome to the Local Flavours page

As an independent regional retailer in southern England, it’s vital that we play a pivotal role in supporting local food producers and the rural economy; this is very much part of our business ethics as a co-operative. Our Local Flavours range, which we first introduced in 2007 on the Isle of Wight and then extended across southern England as demand has increased, promotes local distinctiveness and is very popular with our customers.

We are one of the very few major retailers who run our local sourcing as a separate entity within our business. This enables us to develop and retain very close relationships with our suppliers and to offer our customers a fabulous range of local food and drink, produced by people who are very passionate about what they do.Kate Hibbert, Local Sourcing Manager

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