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#1 Sat 22 Mar 14 4:32pm

saq16

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The UK food industry?

Hello everyone big_smile

I have some questions about the UK food market that i hope you can answer or help me answer!

Is the UK food market controlled by a few major corporations just like in the US?
How has the UK's food industry evolved?

I would appreciate anyone answering or even just giving me links that answer these.

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#2 Sat 22 Mar 14 8:24pm

Maree

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Re: The UK food industry?

Welcome to the forums, saq16 wave

Sorry, I can't help. Someone who can may be along directly.

I'm curious. Is this for an education assignment (school/ college/ uni)? smile


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#3 Sun 23 Mar 14 7:32am

mummza

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Re: The UK food industry?

Welcome to the forum saq16 smile

I have little idea about who controls the UK food industry as such saq16.
Like most places there are probably just a few major companies that control a lot of smaller companies .

What I do know is that the UK now has a very diverse food culture .
There are many different nations that live in our cities each with their different food cultures and these are all drawn together to provide what we now eat .
This has happened in many countries .
In a city like London you can but almost any type foodstuff somewhere within the city . There are many different types if shops and restaurants and the street food scene is now starting to take off.

Supermarkets in the UK , have a variety if foods , fresh meats and fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the premade foods like foods in cans and jars , dried foods and ingredients plus ready meals . So pretty much the same as in America and many other countries.

What we are seeing in recent years is the arrival of small supermarkets on the high street , smaller shops that are run by a larger supermarket chain they carry a good but more limited stock of goods.
I live in a city and I have 4 Tesco's Express stores within easy walking distance from where I live , I also have a Sainsbury's version of a smaller supermarket in close walking distance. So I think this high street explosion of smaller stores is one if the ways the larger supermarket chains I'd starting to dominate the food markets more.

I go into these stores very little as a great deal of my food shopping is done on line .
The supermarket's do online delivery service .

There is at least one company ( ocado ) that sell supermarket shopping without any high street stores and sell only via an online delivery buisness . I use one of these companies for my supermarket shopping .
I never buy meat from them though as I like to see what I am buying for my family. I buy these from a local butchers.

Fresh fruit and vegetables I get delivered weekly via an organic vegetable box scheme . The box contents vary each week and are based around what is in season .
Organic vegetable box delivery schemes , if you want to look one up   Riverford might be a good one to look at . It's not the one I use anymore for various reasons but its a larger one and  will give you a good idea how
These schemes work .
The vegbox delivery scheme that I am trying out at the moment sells many different deli , store cupboard , meat , fish , cheese , dairy products etc and quite a big organisation .

Eggs I mostly buy from a farm shop or a farmers market as they are always very fresh .

Farmers markets are in many towns and cities but by no means are they everywhere in the UK , they sell produce direct from farmers if small producers . These are good but have a reputation of being fairly pricy in comparison to the supermarkets ... But things often taste better they are fresh , seasonal and havnt traveled so far. 
These markets might be held only once a month , once a week , or more depending on where in the uk you live .

Hope this helps .

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#4 Sun 23 Mar 14 7:55am

Maree

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Re: The UK food industry?

Good, comprehensive response, Mummza  thumbsup


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#5 Sun 23 Mar 14 11:13am

The White Rabbit

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Re: The UK food industry?

You'd be wanting to look into what companies make up the market and how many of those are owned by the same group. I don't think anyone here has that kind of knowledge. Try a library at a large educational, ideally tertiary, institution.

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#6 Sun 23 Mar 14 3:45pm

saq16

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Re: The UK food industry?

Thanks you mummza and everyone else who responded and ill try and see if i can find some books one more time big_smile.

And yes this is for a high school assignment big_smile.

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#7 Sun 23 Mar 14 8:29pm

Maree

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Re: The UK food industry?

Good luck smile


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#8 Sun 23 Mar 14 9:44pm

mummza

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Re: The UK food industry?

Do you live in the US ? Saq16

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