Here's a summary of what happened on February 7th. Lesley Bradley-Peer chaired the meeting and after her introduction, Paul Souzek gave us his presentation on Food Assemblies – which began in 2011 in France with the first UK one in London starting in 2014. There are now 70, and Bude was one of the first. It now sells about 500 products, with a range of goods, not only food, with over 1,000 members and 30 producers. Paul is now extending its services to include home deliveries and new satellite hubs.
Both consumer and producer benefit, and perhaps most importantly, the environment. A simple, elegant system of on-line shopping, delivered weekly to a host venue, (where producers get 84% of cost, the host getting 8% and the organisation 8%); means:-
• Few food miles
• Circular economy keeping money local
• Open 24/7
• Fully automated shopping, including receipts, re-funds, invoices, etc.
• Producers know exactly how much is needed, reducing waste
• Fast delivery at host venue but able to still keep essence of a farmers market
• Consumers meet producers
• Fresh and organic