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Is local sourcing the result of joined-up thinking?

A lack of joined up thinking is leading to an increasingly mixed batch of messages sent by food manufacturers, retailers and governments as to where, how and what food consumers should buy. Bernice Hurst comments.

US: Bon Appétit encourages local farm buying

US: Bon Appétit encourages local farm buying

Bon Appétit Management Company has said that annual purchases from farmers and artisans have reached US$55,000bn, accounting for 30% of its total food purchasing expenditures in 2006.

Regional sourcing may be a mixed blessing

Regional sourcing may be a mixed blessing

Retailers have been engaging with the concept of local sourcing for years, but Tesco has upped the ante with last week’s announcement that it was restructuring its buying function to work more closely with regional suppliers. Is it as good as it sounds? Bernice Hurst investigates.

Japan’s largest retailer backs local produce

Japan’s largest retailer backs local produce

As part of the Slow Food movement, Japanese consumers are reacting against the inexorable growth of fastfood and ready meals, and seeking out local and traditional produce. And most surprisingly, the country’s largest retailer is in the forefront of this trend. Michael Fitzpatrick reports.