Wherever possible, we buy our products from local suppliers and producers, or ones that have positive social benefits, and/or a Fairtrade source.
We have a very different relationship with our suppliers than supermarkets. In line with our not-for-profit ethos, for fresh produce, we buy directly from the grower whenever possible. Many of True Food’s fresh food suppliers are also charitable organisations, but for those that are commercial, True Food ensures that they are able to make sufficient profit to continue their business. And we ensure that we pay a price that is fair to the grower and supplier, as well as to our customers. Find out more about some of our current suppliers below.
Aston’s Bread – owned and run by Syd Aston, they are based in Inkpen, Berkshire. They deliver fresh, organic bread daily to our shop. They have supplied us with bread since 2013.
Green Broom Co-operative – based on the Hardwick Estate, South Oxfordshire. They cultivate their crops by hand without the use of fossil fuels, herbicidies, pesticides, fungicides or artificial fertilisers.
Tolhurst Organic – based on the Hardwick Estate, just outside the village of Whitchurch on Thames, south Oxfordshire. Tolhurst supply us with a great range of seasonal, local fruit and vegetables.
Village Maid Cheese – Anne and Andy Wigmore supply us with the delicious Wigmore and Spenwood cheeses. They are based in Riseley, Swallowfield, only 10 miles away from our shop.
Nettlebed Creamery – Rose Grimond is a farmhouse producer of artisan organic cheese. We stock her award winning Witheridge in Hay, Bix and Highmoor cheeses.
Pama sauerkraut & pickles – Patka & Martin provide us with gourmet sauerkraut & other fermented specialities made on Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Lambourne in West Berkshire.
SESI is a social enterprise based in Oxfordshire supplying sustainable detergents. They supply most of our household and personal care refills.
Primrose Lady is a Reading-based producer of ethical bodycare products. We recently chatted to Kumari – the creator of Primrose Lady and a member of True Food – to find out more about her business – read the article here.
Drovers Hill Farm – based in the Chilterns, Drovers Hill Farm supply us with their locally pressed homemade apple and pear juice.
Tea People are a Reading-based social enterprise who supply us with a range of teas.
The Jam Lady makes jams, curds and jellies in her home kitchen in Reading. Sarah uses locally grown ingredients whenever she can and loves to exchange her jars for donations of homegrown fruit. All her preserves are hand stirred in small batches.
Organico are based in Lower Earley, south Reading. They supply us with some of the pasta sauces, canned fish and Christmas food.
Tutu’s Ethiopian Sauces supplies us with her delightful range of Ethiopian sauces – Misr Wot and Mabaya Sauce. She has a cafe in Palmer Park in Reading.
Earthwise Trading, based in Oxfordshire, supply us with a range of reuseable sanitary wear.
Helen Lunn is a Reading based artist. We sell a range of her original and printed cards.
Green Cuisine is a family run business in Norfolk and supply us with small boxes of organic herbs and spices.
Magic of Spain Honey is based in Brighton, UK. An obsession with raw honey grew from a life changing discovery after the founders visited the Spanish Pyrenees during a family holiday. They supply range of Spanish organic raw honey.
Honeys of Henley– Jo and Nigel supply us with their honey, including a lovely truffle one, as well as a range of handmade bees wax wraps.
Rhug Estate Organic Farm, based in Denbighshire, has been our main meat supplier since 2015. We were impressed that they were an award-winning organic food and sustainability business. Their list of awards is notable and full organic status from the Soil Association was achieved in 2004.
Infinity Foods is a workers cooperative and wholesale distributors of ethical, organic and natural food and non-food items. They supply most of our loose food.
Choice Organics is a specialist wholesaler and importer of fresh organic fruit, organic vegetables and other organic produce, primarily serving London and the Home Counties.
Essential Trading is a leading UK organic and Fairtrade product wholesaler and supply a wide range of goods. They supply us with a mixed range of ambient and chilled goods.
Suma Wholefoods is a workers’ cooperative and wholesaler of organic, vegan, vegetarian and specialist foods. They supply us with a small mixed range of ambient, chilled and frozen goods.
Vintage Roots is a well-established organic wine importer that started in Reading and is now based in Heckfield.
We also stock Ella’s Kitchen and Doves Farm products, which are all based in and around Reading.