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Meet the Buyer with Morrisons

buck_morrisons_british_produce-9Are you the South West’s next big supplier? Morrisons is launching a search for the South West’s best food and drink producers and is inviting suppliers from across the region to pitch for a place on its shelves. The search means that customers will be able to buy more food from Morrisons that was grown or made in the South West.

The supermarket already stocks lots of the foods the South West is famous for - from Cornish pasties and Rattler Cider to Somerset brie and Cheddar.

So, this search is about going one step further and uncovering those hidden gems that will offer Morrisons’ customers in the South West more food and drink that meets their local tastes as well as products that were grown or made ‘just down the road’ from their communities.

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Lick the Spoon's Easter Collection

paisley-monterey-banner-680It’s fifty years since the famous summer of love and artisan chocolatier Lick the Spoon has launched a Paisley inspired Easter Egg collection for 2017 to celebrate with designs that date to ancient Persia.

The collection features two large eggs The San Francisco and The Monterey. Each egg has a gossamer thin pastel layer complementing the flowing hand piped Paisley designs. Presented with Lick the Spoon’s 2017 Spring Chocolate Collection the large eggs are 800g including chocolates and are made from their Raisetrade House blend Madagascan chocolate. Each Egg will be signed by Master Chocolatier Diana Short. £85
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totwawards_2017_templateThe closing deadline for the 2017 Taste of the West Product Awards is fast approaching.

6th March is the last date for entries and the message is Be in to win!

The West Country’s food and drink is now more diverse, and of higher quality than any other region in the UK and rivals such gastronomic European regions as Tuscany and say Taste of the West who has been at the forefront of this movement for over 25 years.  Their awards programme is now the largest regional awards programme in the whole of the UK with over 1200 individual products tested each year.

And the closing date for the 2017 Product Awards is 6th March.

The Rules & Regulations are here and the entry form is here. Otherwise contact Taste of the West on 01404 822012 or

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ExpoWest Cornwall 7-9 March

expowest_rgb_locurlExpowest Cornwall is the region’s foremost hospitality and catering trade show and it will be bringing you even more drinks producers in 2017!  Taking place in Wadebridge from Tuesday 7th - Thursday 9th March, there will be a greater range of local, national and international drinks exhibitors at the show than ever before, covering hot, cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Alongside regular well-known exhibitors such as Burdett Wines, Voyager Coffee, Camel Valley Wine, Just Water, Keltek Brewery, Folkingtons and Skinners Brewing Company, you’ll meet many first timers like the Wooden Hand Brewery, Polar Krush & Pernod Ricard.  

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Hotel, Catering & Retail Show

bournemouth_towThe Hotel, Catering & Retail Show takes place on Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th March, at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).  

New to the Hotel, Catering & Retail Show this year is the “Retail” element.  The show now caters not only for the business needs of hospitality buyers, it will also welcome retail buyers, looking for speciality food and drink for their outlets.  There will be more food & drink on display than ever before, with producers from Taste of the West, Dorset Food & Drink, and Hampshire Fare, all bringing some of the best bites for buyers to try! 
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