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Hi!  We're Essential Trading, a co-op with roots tracing back to 1971, a time when plant-based foods were few and far between. We've maintained our love of sustainable foods and invite you to read about us and explore the wonderful produce we have to offer.


Feeling Hungry?!

Have you tried any of the delicious recipes from our creative customers and inspired staff..?


Our product portfolio covers nearly 5000 vegetarian lines including organic, vegan, convenience, ingredients, free-from and speciality foods.

Bristol Gold Sustainable Food City

One in twenty households in Bristol experience moderate to severe food insecurity. It’s a rapidly growing problem due to the impact of Covid19 and pre-existing deep inequalities in our society. In October 2021, 'Bristol Local Food Fund' was launched to help community food projects tackle food insecurity in the communities with the greatest disadvantages. The project launched with a crowdfunder campaign and has so far raised over £60,000. The fund aims to bring together Bristol's incredible local, independent food sector and customers around a core vision of building a city of food justice for all. Essential have been a key supporter, funding all video production costs. You can still support Bristol Local Food Fund by donating to the crowdfunder:"