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About Us

Essential Trading is a leading distributor of ethical and sustainable wholefoods, ecological household products and cruelty-free body care items.  Our unique range includes nearly 5000 organic and fairly-traded products from principal brands, plus our own range of ethical store cupboard staples, exclusively manufactured in house

All of our vegetarian, vegan, GM-free products reject unnecessary additives and are enjoyed by an increasing number of health food enthusiasts and plant-based diet devotees across the UK.  

 By not selling to supermarkets, we support independent retailers and upkeep the local economy.

Who We Are

Ever wondered how the Essential Trading story began and how we've grown to become one of the UK's most successful co-operative structures?

Our Values

It's not just our expansive product list that makes us tick. We believe in ethical trading with an environmental conscience.

What We Offer

We're very proud of our own extensive product range, the way we source it and our on-site packing facility that has developed over the past 50 years.

Co-operative Business

Essential have become one of the largest worker co-operatives in the UK and a true pioneer in the manufacturing and distribution of vegetarian, vegan, organic, sustainable and free-from produce, sourced from around the world. As a unified team, all at Essential share passions for hearty and healthy food, an environmental consciousness and an egalitarian co-operative structure.

Customer Stories

We have always had a policy of only trading with independent businesses and supporting the local economy. We have a significant presence in many health food shops, particularly in the South West, and you'll never find our products in the supermarket!