A Better Food Trader is a food business trading for social purpose, not to maximise profit. This is a community of thriving enterprises, deeply connected to their customers using innovative ways to distribute and supply healthy and sustainably produced food.
Becoming a Better Food Trader gives your business a leg up, offering access to learning and development, experienced mentors in your field and surrounding you with a community of inspiring leaders in the sustainable food sector.
Meet the Better Food Traders
Find out if you are eligible
Download Better Food Trader Brochure
Read our vision for a resilient food system
You submit a short online eligibility form; and if you are eligible we’ll invite you to fill out the full application form. We review your application and we’ll give you some initial feedback to make sure you have the best chance of becoming accredited as a Better Food Trader. You have the option of updating your application which is then scored according to our Questions, Standards and Guidelines. The scored report goes to a membership panel of 4 sustainable food sector experts and 3 peer members, who meet 2-4 times per year, depending on application numbers. The next membership panel meeting will be in November 2020. We’re taking applications now from fruit and veg schemes and Community Supported Agriculture schemes. Later this year, application forms will be ready for market stalls, online food hubs and shops.
Submit your application. You will have received a link to the full application form if you passed the eligibility test. Can’t find your link? Contact us
You can read all the questions and see what you need to become accredited in our Questions, Standards and Guidelines (ready now for veg schemes and CSA schemes, market stalls, online hubs and shops coming soon).
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The membership panel, made up of sustainable food experts and accredited members, assesses applications on a regular basis. The next membership panel meeting is in November 2020, so the next deadline for full applications is October 29th 2020.
By working collectively we will not only make a positive difference to our individual organisations but we will also be able to offer a real alternative to people seeking to address the climate crisis through changing their food choices.
– You stop reinventing the wheel. You have access to an online forum where you can exchange ideas, solutions and share resources with other like-minded organisations
– You have access to free advice and training
– You become part of a nationwide moment that provides a real alternative to the current environmentally damaging food system. We collect information from all our members, which we use to demonstrate our collective impact to customers, funders and policymakers
– Your customers will get the sense of being part of something bigger
– and it’s free to join for the first 50 organisations
What we expect from a Better Food Trader
MISSION DRIVEN, TRADING FOR SOCIAL PURPOSE, NOT TO MAXIMISE PROFIT
BUILDING SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSPARENCY, TRUST AND COOPERATION
CHAMPIONING ECOLOGICAL FARMING AND FOOD PRODUCTION
PROMOTING A DIET THAT IS GOOD FOR BOTH PEOPLE AND PLANET
DISTRIBUTING FOOD IN A LOW-CARBON, LOW-IMPACT WAY
BUILDING A STRONG COMMUNITY IN SUPPORT OF OUR WORK
STRIVING TO CHANGE THE BIG PICTURE