Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2014
July 11, 2014 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

    
Some of the team attended the Halifax Courier’s annual Community Spirit Awards last night – an evening dedicated to selfless, caring and motivated individuals who aim and work to put something back into communities …

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Suma is recruiting drivers
July 18, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

Suma truckWe are currently recruiting Cat C and Cat C+E drivers based at our Elland distribution centre to cover our busy summer period.

Successful candidates will be offered a 3 – 4 day contact for a 3 month period. There may be the opportunity to extend this contract for a further 6 months dependent on performance and demand. Rate of pay is £315 per week for a 3 day worker plus overtime.

Successful candidates will be offered a range of driving work including single day, overnight and London multi-drop driving. There may also be an opportunity for night trunking dependent on licence entitlement.

Please use the Suma application form (available here) to apply or phone 01422 313882 for further details.

Closing date extended to 4th August 2014.

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The Italian Job, Coop Style
July 31, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

For two weeks at the beginning of July we were very lucky to have a visitor all the way from Italy. Linda Casani is a member of Iris Cooperativa Agricola, based in the North of Italy near Cremona in the Parco Regionale Oglio Sud.

Iris are an Organic Pasta manufacturer who since 2010 have been working in partnership with us to bring you our Suma Organic Pasta range.

They are run as workers cooperative with similar ethical beliefs and working practices as Suma. They were formed around the same time too, in 1978, by a group of young men and women keen to work together to gain agricultural experience without the use of chemical fertilizers.

Ever since a chance meeting which lead to the collaboration, Suma and Iris have developed a much-valued partnership. As part of this we invited Linda to come and see how our cooperative works and to spend some time working here in sunny Yorkshire. Linda has been working for Iris for 10 years and now heads up their sales team.

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Rather than send her to a hotel, Suma members Wendy, Paul and myself all opened up our houses to allow Linda to truly experience English home comforts.

In her first week at Suma Linda spent some time talking to members of each department, getting to know what they do and how they all fit together, whilst also learning English pretty much from scratch! She also experienced life on the road with Suma driver Kate on the West Yorkshire run, which included a rattling drive through the cobbled streets of Howarth dodging hanging baskets.

The following week she got to work writing a comprehensive report for her fellow members back in Italy. She also joined a few of us at the Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards to celebrate local community hero’s.

All in all it was a fairly whirlwind trip, although we did get out on a few local walks and meals out too. The trip ended with a quick visit to Rochdale on Linda’s last day, home of the first cooperative movement in the UK, and finished off with lunch at 8th Day Cooperative in Manchester, who have been a workers cooperative since 1978.

Not only did Linda learn all about our unique business model, she also provided us with in depth knowledge of all things pasta related, and how Iris works as a cooperative too. We look forward to our ongoing relationship with Iris as we continue to develop the range, and really value Linda’s input in to this. We are also hoping to be able to visit Iris in the future to gain first hand experience from their successful organisation.

We will miss you Linda, keep in touch!

Becs and all at Suma

Suma is recruiting drivers
July 18, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment
Suma is recruiting drivers

We are currently recruiting Cat C and Cat C+E drivers based at our Elland distribution centre to cover our busy summer period.
Successful candidates will be offered a 3 – 4 day contact for a …

A Vegetarian Nursery in Hebden Bridge
July 21, 2014 – 9:29 am | No Comment
A Vegetarian Nursery in Hebden Bridge

Long time Suma Customer, Crossley Mill Nursery, sits in a beautiful canal-side location in the heart of Hebden Bridge. It is housed in an old mill that was specially converted in 1998 on the initiative of a group of parents who were keen to secure better childcare for under 5’s in the Upper Calder Valley. It cares for up to 46 children from 0-5 years.

Co-operative of the Year 2014: Suma Wholefoods
July 9, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment
Co-operative of the Year 2014: Suma Wholefoods

Suma Foods has been awarded the title of “Cooperative of the year 2014” in an annual award open to over 6000 cooperative businesses.
The decision was announced at Co-operatives UK AGM, held on Friday 27 June …

Healthy eating on a budget
July 8, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment
Healthy eating on a budget

Of course we’re not biased here at Suma but to quote from the Vegetarian Society Website;
“…research shows that in many ways a vegetarian diet is healthier than that of a typical meat eater… a …

New Style Suma Bamboo T-Shirts
July 3, 2014 – 9:40 am | No Comment
New Style Suma Bamboo T-Shirts

New design, same great quality, new lower price. An environmentally friendly choice with style! Bamboo is our fabric of choice. Fabric made from bamboo fibre is special because it is incredibly soft, smooth and comfortable, …

Suma Football
June 30, 2014 – 9:52 am | No Comment
Suma Football

Expect Charity 7-a-side Football Tournament

Quick and Easy Satay Sauce with Roasted Tofu
June 27, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment
Quick and Easy Satay Sauce with Roasted Tofu

To make the satay sauce

Ecover and Algal Oil
June 27, 2014 – 12:45 pm | No Comment
Ecover and Algal Oil

There are various statements and rumours spreading around the internet relating to one experimental batch of one product that Ecover made in an attempt to reduce their reliance on, for example, petroleum and palm oil. …

Raw Vegan Pecan Pie
June 24, 2014 – 12:05 pm | No Comment
Raw Vegan Pecan Pie

Try our raw vegan pecan pie recipe, a delicious vegan variant on the traditional offering using a mix of ground nuts, coconut oil, dates and agave syrup. So simple it can be made in under 10 minutes.

Turkey Lodge Tour Fest – A Tour de France event
June 17, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment
Turkey Lodge Tour Fest – A Tour de France event

Turkey Lodge Tour Fest
A Tour de France event
Sunday 6th July – 7.30am – 7.00pm

Little Valley Brewery, with a little help from its friends has released the date and times for the ‘Turkey Lodge Tour Fest’ …