Current Information and Documents
Essential Trading Co-operative COVID-19 Statement - UPDATED 03/03/2021

Demand for our service continues to be high, and to ensure the health and safety of our workers, our customers, suppliers and the wider community, we continue to follow guidance issued by public health professionals.

New Business

We are pleased to say that we are now accepting new applications and our registration form is open.

Buying Groups

Normal service has resumed; please place your order 2 working days in advance to take advantage of our Priority service and we aim to deliver your order on your next delivery day. If we experience a very large volume of buying group orders, or if our lorries reach their weight limit early, there may be a 1 to 2 week delay on fulfilling your orders. We will inform you of any delays as soon as possible.

Please note that we are not currently able to accommodate one-off or temporary changes to your delivery address. Please also note that under current circumstances we are unable to accept returns of goods ordered in error so please ensure your order is correct at the time of submission.

Placing an order

Please place your order as early as you can, ideally 2-3 working days before your delivery day, in order to take advantage of our Priority Service. Please place your order via our website if this is possible for you. If we do need to make a change to your delivery date or method of transport we will contact you to seek an alternative solution.

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We would appreciate if you could email any credit/returns claims to


Limiting contact when we deliver your order still remains imperative: if your order is not fork-lifted off, our drivers will leave your delivery at the door of your premises, they will knock and ask for a name, but will not require a signature and we ask that you observe the social distancing guidance. We may refuse delivery if these protocols are not observed.

Orders for Collection

Our collection service remains closed for now and we will be reviewing this in the coming months.

Our two retails shops Harvest Bristol and Harvest Bath stock a wide range of our products and are also offering a click and collect service; you can find more information on their websites.

Covid-19 Risk Assessment

The UK government has advised companies to upload their Covid-19 risk assessments on their websites. You can find ours here: Covid-19 Risk Assessment (pdf).

Please note that due to the nature of working under the pandemic there may be times when we cannot meet our usual offers of service, if this happens we will endeavour to contact you in advance so that alternative arrangements can be made as necessary.

From everyone at Essential Trading Co-operative.

Organic Certificate (pdf) - Organic Farmers & Growers (GB-ORG-02)
Demeter Certificate (pdf) - Biodynamic Agriculture Association (GB-ORG-06)
Vegan Certificate (pdf) - The Vegan Society

Ethical Policies:
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