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Natural Organic Products Europe 2022

Following a two-year hiatus due to Covid, one of the world's largest and most renowned organic food festivals once again returned to London's Excel in April. As certified organic pioneers, Essential have historically featured at the event and 2022 was no exception. Customers, guests and simply those wishing to learn more about the sector and try some of our produce were treated over the two-day event.

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The National Allotment Society Q and A with Di Appleyard

With winter fading and the first signs of spring beginning to show, it’s time to put on your gardening glad rags and hit the allotment again (unless you’re the hard core bunch who’ve not stopped visiting throughout the winter.. in which case, carry on!). The ground has been hard for months and it may have seemed like nothing would ever grow again.  But fear not, the soil begins to warm up a little during February and it is actually a great time to get your fingers green (and brown) once more.  But what to do and where to look..?

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Viva! Channel 4 Advert

This Valentine’s Day, a new controversial TV advert, created by vegan charity Viva!, will premier on Channel 4 and its associated networks.

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Solar PV Installation Commences

It's round two of green energy solutions for Essential Trading!

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The Zapatista Coffee Community

Read about the indigenous people of the Chiapas, their struggles for equality and the fine blend of coffee that is one result.

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Trending in 2022

Want to know what's going to be trending in the food sector in 2022? The rise in vegan and vegetarian dishes and produce is set to continue and Essential will be there to support your dietary requirements!

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Veganuary

Just what is Veganuary?! Join the growing number in the plant-based diet campaign, now in its 8th successful year. Details on how to subscribe (for free!) and what it's all about..

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Ecover News

Essential's 40 year relationship with Ecover has recently been reviewed following the manufacturer's update on their GMO-free products.

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Gherkins

A bad harvest in Southern Germany affects gherkin supplies across Europe.

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Clive's Pies Visit

Essential visit Devon-based pie producer extraordinaire, Clive's Pies. With a recent re-brand and exciting new recipes on offer, we were blown away by the bakery, staff, produce and all things pie!

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Benefits of a Whole Grain Diet

The benefits to the body of a whole grain diet

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Bristol Local Food Fund Launches

1 in 20 homes in Bristol can’t access enough good quality food to stay healthy and the problem is growing rapidly this winter. Community food projects are working to tackle food insecurity in areas facing the greatest disadvantages but they need funding and support to continue their work.

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The Great British Bake Off Goes Vegan!

First vegan contestant features on the flagship Channel 4 show

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What's New at Essential?

Website and warehouse changes.

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Meat-based vs plant-based emissions

60% of food industry emissions come from meat – twice as much as plants

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Farewell to our wonderful Jaspa

After 32-years with Essential Trading, we mourn the passing of our friend and wonderful Buyer, Jaspa Beese

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Master Thesis

Andreea Preluca's in-depth study into co-operative organisations.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres asked to adopt a plant-based diet.

Essential Trading have enjoyed a close working relationship with The Vegan Society for many years. Essential's vegan products have certification from the educational charity and we are keen to shout about their work. The following report is just one fine example.

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Organic September

The Soil Association's Organic September month is back again, bigger and better than ever before.

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50 Years in the Making

Essential Trading celebrate a momentous anniversary.

Local News

Going For Gold

Bristol's sustainable food leaders and organisations steer the city to victory with the aid of Essential Trading.

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The Rise of Milk Alternatives

Milk aliases and a story of a campaigner.

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New Rebel in the Kitchen!

As milk alternatives increase in popularity, read about one product making waves.