Local Produce First Policy
Local at Heart, Global By Nature, in Total Produce we recognise the importance of local fresh produce; the contribution it makes to local economies, the employment it creates, and the environmental dividends arising from the reduction in food miles and associated Greenhouse Gas emissions accrued by choosing local.
We understand too, that for many consumers, local produce is preferred on the basis of taste, freshness and an appreciation of the efforts of local farmers and the challenges they sometimes face.
In Total Produce, across each of our markets, we commit to putting “Local Produce First”; prioritising locally grown produce over others where it is available, commercially viable and environmentally responsible to do so. We undertake to provide, where possible and practical, agronomic assistance to help local growers achieve the quality standards and accreditations necessary in the modern marketplace, financial, logistical and operational support to ensure local produce reaches local consumers in pristine condition and the commercial, marketing and promotional expertise and resources necessary to give local produce pride of place in the portfolio of produce we present to customers across our international operations.