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Become a Better Food Trader

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 produce, distribute and supply healthy 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

Application Process

Our application process has two steps: first, you submit an online eligibility form; if we think you might be a good fit, we’ll invite you to fill out the full application form. If you do not meet the criteria, we give you a list of suggested changes to enable you to become a Better Food Trader. You then have the option of updating and resubmitting your application. See our Standards and Guidelines to help you through the application process.  We’re taking applications now from fruit and veg schemes, and later this year from Community Supported Agriculture schemes, market stalls, online food hubs and shops. 

1

Check your eligibility

Take this short eligibility test
Unsure about the result? Contact us

2

Apply

Submit your application.
Deadline of April 24th 2020 for next accreditation round.

See our Standards and Guidelines for fruit and veg schemes.

3

You're given the result

The membership panel meets every six months to assess.

Benefits

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 what they eat.

– 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

Principle #1

MISSION DRIVEN, TRADING FOR SOCIAL PURPOSE, NOT TO MAXIMISE PROFIT

Principle #2

BUILDING SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSPARENCY, TRUST AND COOPERATION

Principle #4

TRADING FAIRLY

Principle #5

CHAMPIONING ECOLOGICAL FARMING AND FOOD PRODUCTION

Principle #6

PROMOTING A DIET THAT IS GOOD FOR BOTH PEOPLE AND PLANET

Principle #7

DISTRIBUTING FOOD IN A LOW-CARBON, LOW-IMPACT WAY

Principle #8

BUILDING A STRONG COMMUNITY IN SUPPORT OF OUR WORK

Principle #9

STRIVING TO CHANGE THE BIG PICTURE

Change Tastes Good

By swapping your supermarket shop for a Better Food Trader you are doing the planet a massive favour.

Sign Up. Pick Up. Eat Up.