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Christine's Sustainable Supermarket #SupportOurIndependents

For our fifth #SupportOurIndependents episode, we visited Christine's Sustainable Supermarket in Bradford-on-Avon. Christine spoke to us about supporting small businesses over supermarkets, the importance of eco-conscious shopping, and what it means to be your own boss.

Product News

Plantside Vegan Yorkshire Puddings – No more missing out!

Introducing Plantside; the creators of the new and massively popular frozen vegan yorkshire pudding range!

Charity News

Essential Supporting Charities Over Christmas

During what can be the hardest time of the year for some, Essential worked with charities such as Marmalade Trust, St Michael’s Maternity Hospital Bristol, FareShare South West, The Hatch Camphill Community, and Eastville Park Food Club over the festive period.

Customer News

Swindon Pulse Wholefoods #SupportOurIndependents

In December 2022, we visited Swindon Pulse Wholefoods for our fourth episode of #SupportOurIndependents. They spoke to us about the history of the co-operative, how they have had to adapt as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, and what lies ahead for Swindon Pulse Wholefoods.

Charity News

Living Wage Week 2022

Essential Trading are proud to be a Living Wage employer and we believe it's now more important than ever to pay employees the National Living Wage.

Product News

Black Salt: Everything You Need to Know

Himalayan Black Salt (also known as kala namak) is a popular vegan ingredient. It adds an eggy taste which makes it perfect for tofu scrambles.

Customer News

Iechyd Da @ CF14 #SupportOurIndependents

In our third episode of #SupportOurIndependents, Lee sat down with Alwen from Iechyd Da @ CF14. She spoke about the importance of locally supplied food, what the local community means to them and what is was like to be open during the height of the COVID pandemic.

Charity News

Proud to Support FareShare South West

Read about the fantastic work that FareShare South West have been doing this year and Essential’s involvement.

Product News

Pricing Change – Essential Organic Tomato Range

Important update regarding the pricing of Essential branded tinned tomatoes, passata and tomato concentrate.

Product News

Vitam-R Yeast Extract

Essential News

Introducing Our New Feature #SupportOurIndependents

We have started a new campaign to raise awareness of great independent businesses near you. We’ll be showcasing exactly what they have to offer, celebrating what it means to be a local independent business, what makes them flourish, and the wonderful people that help to make their communities a better place.

Product News

Hail Seitan! The New Vegan Meat Alternative That Is Going Viral

Here at Essential Trading, we're shining a spotlight on the meat-free alternative everyone is talking about. Make a deal with the devil himself and experiment with versatile new recipes that are guaranteed to impress at the dinner table.

Show News

Natural Organic Products Europe 2022

Following a two-year hiatus due to Covid, one of the world's largest and most renowned organic food festivals once again returned to London's Excel in April. As certified organic pioneers, Essential have historically featured at the event and 2022 was no exception. Customers, guests and simply those wishing to learn more about the sector and try some of our produce were treated over the two-day event.

Essential News

The National Allotment Society Q and A with Di Appleyard

With winter fading and the first signs of spring beginning to show, it’s time to put on your gardening glad rags and hit the allotment again (unless you’re the hard core bunch who’ve not stopped visiting throughout the winter.. in which case, carry on!). The ground has been hard for months and it may have seemed like nothing would ever grow again.  But fear not, the soil begins to warm up a little during February and it is actually a great time to get your fingers green (and brown) once more.  But what to do and where to look..?

Charity News

Viva! Channel 4 Advert

This Valentine’s Day, a new controversial TV advert, created by vegan charity Viva!, will premier on Channel 4 and its associated networks.

Essential News

Solar PV Installation Commences

It's round two of green energy solutions for Essential Trading!

Global News

The Zapatista Coffee Community

Read about the indigenous people of the Chiapas, their struggles for equality and the fine blend of coffee that is one result.

Product News

Trending in 2022

Want to know what's going to be trending in the food sector in 2022? The rise in vegan and vegetarian dishes and produce is set to continue and Essential will be there to support your dietary requirements!

Global News

Veganuary

Just what is Veganuary?! Join the growing number in the plant-based diet campaign, now in its 8th successful year. Details on how to subscribe (for free!) and what it's all about..

Product News

Ecover News

Essential's 40 year relationship with Ecover has recently been reviewed following the manufacturer's update on their GMO-free products.

Product News

Gherkins

A bad harvest in Southern Germany affects gherkin supplies across Europe.

Product News

Clive's Pies Visit

Essential visit Devon-based pie producer extraordinaire, Clive's Pies. With a recent re-brand and exciting new recipes on offer, we were blown away by the bakery, staff, produce and all things pie!

Product News

Benefits of a Whole Grain Diet

The benefits to the body of a whole grain diet

Local News

Bristol Local Food Fund Launches

1 in 20 homes in Bristol can’t access enough good quality food to stay healthy and the problem is growing rapidly this winter. Community food projects are working to tackle food insecurity in areas facing the greatest disadvantages but they need funding and support to continue their work.

Show News

The Great British Bake Off Goes Vegan!

First vegan contestant features on the flagship Channel 4 show

Global News

Meat-based vs plant-based emissions

60% of food industry emissions come from meat – twice as much as plants

Essential News

Farewell to our wonderful Jaspa

After 32-years with Essential Trading, we mourn the passing of our friend and wonderful Buyer, Jaspa Beese

Essential News

Master Thesis

Andreea Preluca's in-depth study into co-operative organisations.

Charity News

Essential support for the Bristol Local Food Fund

Essential trading have been a key supporter in the Bristol Local Food Fund's campaign to tackle food insecurity in the city.

Global News

UN Secretary-General António Guterres asked to adopt a plant-based diet.

Essential Trading have enjoyed a close working relationship with The Vegan Society for many years. Essential's vegan products have certification from the educational charity and we are keen to shout about their work. The following report is just one fine example.

Product News

Organic September

The Soil Association's Organic September month is back again, bigger and better than ever before.

Essential News

50 Years in the Making

Essential Trading celebrate a momentous anniversary.

Local News

Going For Gold

Bristol's sustainable food leaders and organisations steer the city to victory with the aid of Essential Trading.

Product News

The Rise of Milk Alternatives

Milk aliases and a story of a campaigner.

Product News

New Rebel in the Kitchen!

As milk alternatives increase in popularity, read about one product making waves.