The Routes to Market Working Group

This Working Group of Food Exeter exists to find ways to secure a step change in the amount of local, sustainably grown food that is produced and consumed locally.  This is about growing the local economy so it is resilient and working with the environment, not against it.

  • We believe that Exeter needs a well designed city centre market space, either in the proposed new development near the bus station, or in South Street, where there are plans to regenerate and redesign the space. A thriving, modern food market (which would also cater for other kinds of events and trading) is essential to the local food economy . Research consistently shows that a quality food market attracts people in, who also then spend money in local shops.
  • We would like to see an innovative and flexible approach taken to encouraging local markets, food ‘pop-ups’ and food street trading ie in neighbourhoods, as well as in the city centre. These kinds of activities not only provide a valuable way for new entrepreneurs to test their ideas, but also encourage the ‘micro’ businesses that are an important feature of the local economy.
  • We are exploring ways to help local producers cut their costs by combining their packaging and distribution costs. This  might involve setting up a new community enterprise. There is a national research project looking into this issue.
  • We believe that procurement processes are the quickest way to achieve a step change in local demand and we are exploring ways forward.

Read more about the circular economy here

Article about impacts of procurement on climate change here