Essential Trading Co-operative
What to buy at Better Food: As well as supplying us with an enormous range of organic, local and ethical brands, Essential Trading source and supply their own wholefoods, including over 40 grains, cereals, pulses, fruit and more currently available to refill at our St. Werburghs store.
Essential Trading is a true pioneer of the wholefood market, specialising in 100% vegetarian, ethically-produced organic, Fairtrade and ‘free from’ food. By prioritising minimally processed foods produced with care for people and the environment, Essential Trading have built an unrivalled catalogue of nutritious, tasty, high quality ingredients. A workers cooperative since they began trading in 1971, their ethos can be seen through their rigorous sourcing policies: guaranteed GMO-free, never air-freighted, using only sustainable palm oil (if at all) and always fairly traded. And you won’t find their products in the supermarkets—Essential Trading are committed to supporting only small producers and independent retailers. Lucky us!
Mission and values: To excel as a sustainable business providing ethically sourced, vegetarian products as a pioneering workers’ cooperative.
Location: Bristol, BS16 (1.9 miles to Better Food)
Certifications: Essential trading hold processor certifications for organic (OF&G), Fairtrade, biodynamic (Demeter) and The Vegan Society. Check individual products for specific certifications.
We love them because… We know that the mind-boggling array of products that Essential Trading offer never compromises their ethical values or excellent quality.