Food Buying Group Case Studies
How does it work in reality? We’ve asked some of our longstanding food group customers to share their stories and experiences with you.
I am not a radical person. I eat porridge. I wear slippers. They are covered in woolly polka dots. But I am a radical shopper. Or more to the point, I buy much of my food from a radical co-operative, Suma.
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The Thames Valley Veggies food group have been with Suma since late 2008. Alongside running their thriving food group and receiving deliveries every few weeks, they also play a part in organising local vegetarian and vegan events “Suma deliveries mean we can get more variety and save money.. Read more >>
One of our members recently delivered to a new customer, Leven Valley primary school in the heart of Cumbria, and here is his story: As a veteran Suma driver of twenty years and more I didn’t think there was much to get excited about another trip around a snowbound Cumbria in sub zero temperatures. Read more >>
Ipswich Ripple is a large volunteer run food co-op which was established in the spring of 2007, with over 150 members. On the closure of a local wholefood shop a group of young vegans saw a food co-op as a way of accessing vegan and wholefoods at affordable prices. Read more >>
My first contact with a Suma Food Group was back in Leeds in 1984. I was a new mum and had joined the National Childbirth Trust post-natal group. I met an amazing woman who not only had four children and held some of the meetings in her house but who also organised a Suma Food Group. My recollection is that the catalogue was several black and white xeroxed pages, mostly sacks of bulk food, and those of us who ordered spent a busy morning jiggling babies on our hips while we weighed out oats and sultanas into bags and boxes to load underneath the buggy and wheel home. Read more >>
This excitingly (!) named buying group started about 5 years ago when I moved to Semley. Once upon a time I’d lived in Cambridge and shopped at Daily Bread – a food co-op not unlike Suma and I then moved to Scotland where I was lucky enough to be able to join an existing buying group Read more >>