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Who We Are

Ever wondered how the Essential Trading story began and how we've grown to become one of the UK's most successful co-operative structures?

Our Values

It's not just our expansive product list that makes us tick. We believe in ethical trading with an environmental conscience.

What We Offer

We're very proud of our own extensive product range, the way we source it and our on-site packing facility that has developed over the past 50 years.

Co-operative Business

Essential have become one of the largest worker co-operatives in the UK and a true pioneer in the manufacturing and distribution of vegetarian, vegan, organic, sustainable and free-from produce, sourced from around the world. As a unified team, all at Essential share passions for hearty and healthy food, an environmental consciousness and an egalitarian co-operative structure.

Customer Stories

We have always had a policy of only trading with independent businesses and supporting the local economy. We have a significant presence in many health food shops, particularly in the South West, and you'll never find our products in the supermarket!