A new survey report, published by Sustain, outlines how good food enterprises have been affected and responded to a year of disrupted supply chains, lockdowns and changes in buying behaviours.
A year after an intial report into the impact of the first Covid lockdown, Sustain again surveyed good food enterprises within Food Coops, Sustainable Food Places and London Food Link networks to better understand how they had adapted.
The inital findings, published in a report in May 2020, saw many enterprises, which included cafes, producers, shops, markets and buying groups, had quickly adapted to changing consumer behaviours, overcame the challenges of fragile supply chains and made use of networks and partnerships.
Key findings one year on include:
The latest report includes recommendations for local and national governments as well as Local Enterprise Partnerships to ensure good food enterprises have a seat at the table and taken seriously as part of the green economic recovery, build back better and community wealth building strategies.
Ren Piercey, Local Action Officer,
‘It’s brilliant to hear that good food enterprises on the whole have been able to adapt to the pressures of this year and as a result seen increases in customer base and revenue. These enterprises have shown their resilience and really are key assets to their communities.
It is, however, concerning to find that many were unable to access support from national and local government, many citing because they didn’t fit into a ‘neat funding box’. Investment in small and medium good food enterprises is not only economically preferable, but also key for community wealth building, job creation and tackling the nature and climate crisis. It’s important that the Government takes this sector seriously as we start to build back better and directs investment into local community-focused enterprises that do not focus purely on profit.’
Sustain’s new five-year strategy has an organisational focus on supporting the good food economy and we will be exploring how we can support good food enterprises going forward as well as ensuring they have a seat at the table as the Government plans for ‘building back better’.
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