More support for local producers from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society

More support for local producers from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society

Published 06 October 2016

MORE local producers will have the opportunity to sell their products in The Channel Islands Co-operative Society stores.

The Society is planning to improve the delicatessens in each of its Grand Marché stores to provide a greater opportunity for local producers to provide products which have not previously been available in all Jersey supermarkets. The range will include Jersey beef bresaola, pancetta and salami using local pork, Jersey Royal potato gnocchi, Classic Herd cheese and fresh local pasta and complimentary sauces.

‘The Channel Islands Co-operative Society is a community retailer which is owned by members in Jersey and Guernsey and we are proud to have the largest range of local producers in the islands. We have a long association with supporting local producers paying more than £11m. for a wide range of products each year but we recognised that there was more that we could do, particularly with products that you would normally find in a delicatessen,’ said Kenny McDonald, Head of Retail Operations for The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.

‘We’re giving our delicatessens a fresh new look centered on foods of the world which will showcase local and international artisan products. Each of the producers has been handpicked and we’ll have a range of more than 300 lines which will change depending on the seasons and on the feedback we receive from customers.’

The new delicatessen will launch in the refurnished Grand Marché St Helier and then be rolled out to other Grand Marché stores.

The Society has partnered with local food distributor Cimandis who have created a supply chain which blends the best of Jersey with award winning products from the UK. 

‘There are some truly exceptional products being made in Jersey, and we will provide commercial input as well as an outlet in both the retail and hospitality sectors to grow these brands,’ said Cimandis Managing Director Dave Chalk.

The main supplier will be London-based family-run manufacturer, importer and distributor Carnevale who recently advised on Selfridges Food Hall. Jersey-based The Calvani Group, which has worked with Carnevale for more than 40 years, will be working with the Society on product selection, training colleagues in product knowledge, deli design and serving suggestions.

The local products will be complemented by a range from around the world including quiches, pies and savouries from Doncaster-based Topping Pies, a family run firm who are the winners of 33 Gold Great Taste Awards.

Director of The Calvani Group Marcus Calvani said it was a pleasure for him to be involved in showcasing local products and offering them to an island-wide audience.

‘Jersey has a phenomenal range of local products, which bring together some of the island’s unique flavours to create new tastes or a Jersey twist to popular old favourites. To have the opportunity to work with The Channel Islands Co-operative Society to bring islanders a taste of the world and a taste of Jersey has been a hugely exciting project and I can’t wait to hear what the feedback is from islanders once they have the chance to experience food and drink that they haven’t seen before,’ he said.

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