- Find and support great local businesses
- Show there’s local demand for a better food system
- Join or start a buying group and save money
- Find opportunities to volunteer and learn
- Map your local food web to share knowledge
- Create a profile – it’s free and easy
- Be famous for great produce
- Promoted via social networks
- Find new trade opportunities
- Collaborate to save time and money
- Map and share your local resources
- Collaboration groups, with email updates
- Knowledge repositories for key documents
- Coordinate volunteers
- Help like-minds group to take local action
We believe that most people – just like you – would like to find good, responsibly produced food on the shelves and menus.
So we thought we’d try to help.
FoodTrade makes it easy to find the best of what’s around you, and then work smartly to get it where it needs to be.
Find the best produce from the best people. Search by food and drink, location, awards, certifications, business type and more for comprehensive results which show everything you need to know about working with that business, including suppliers, stockists, routes to market, and delivery information.
Join regional trade groups, find collaborators, or learn how to market and improve your business from our community of users. With topics ranging from managing food waste to increasing exports, and updates online, on email, and on mobile we’re making it easier than ever to trade.
Growing your business
It’s a place to find new ways of working together. Real-time trade updates, tools to boost your reputation, collaborate on larger contracts, and more. Our goal is to help you find the right partners. We’re building relationships into policy, public sector procurement, catering purchasers, retail organisations – people who share your values and want to trade better.
Who we work with
We work with groups to foster partnerships and collaborations between public, private and third sector organisations to improve local food systems.
We work with anyone whose vision overlaps with ours and our values. Thankfully the food world is full of good people in trade associations,charities, community groups, public and private sector, policy, media and many more who do.
Should we be working together?
How we’re funded
We are still finding the best ethical business model which delivers the most value or the least cost. We only want to charge where we both know we’re adding decent value; and with data about the whole food network we can highlight opportunities, show how you might collaborate to cut delivery costs, and so on. It’s also of great use for local planning, environmental reports, and more.
The sustainable alternative to the UK’s food network — Together [small companies] are able to enjoy the same advantages as big agri-business.
Numerous industries have been radically transformed by ‘disruptive technology’, but to date there has been little technology innovation in the grocery industry which can be considered truly disruptive. That may all be about to change…
The ‘dating site for food’, connects food producers with local businesses to foster communities and help small farms exist whilst in competition with the big supermarkets.
More jobs. More money in the local economy. More resilient supply chains. Better food. Less CO2, and other pollution.. the answer is a social media platform that helps local people collaborate, and do business.
Big, Open Data
We believe that if we have the right information, clearly presented at the right time then we’ll accelerate the change towards responsibly produced food and drink.
This means putting data online so it’s available on computers and smartphones, but we can go further. We can make it work with other programmes and services, too. That way not only do we help drive more business to you, we can help accelerate the change still faster.
@Developers: We have an API in development. Would you like to work with this data?
We believe the food system is a great place to change the world for the better. We have the opportunity to use the growth, distribution, trade, consumption, and disposal of food as a way to create healthy livelihoods, rich societies, and restore the ecosystem.
In addition to our online work catalysing strong local trade, we are active offline helping change the landscape. We sit on the London Food Board, and regularly speak and debate at conferences and events.
FoodTrade helps businesses map their supply chain to avoid risk, showcase provenance, and trade and collaborate more effectively with each other and their customers.
We are a social enterprise, based out of Bristol, UK.