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UK set for first national food provenance centre

The foundations have been laid to stamp out food fraud and give power back to the consumer with the unveiling today of plans to build the country’s first national centre dedicated to food and drink transparency.

Food provenance pioneer, Happerley Ltd has just revealed its plans to create a ground-breaking independent food and leisure destination, Happerley England, as an epicentre of food transparency in England.

The plans were announced today during a special launch event at the farm where it all began for Happerley’s founder and CEO, Matthew Rymer (pictured left). It was hosted by TV presenter and farmer Adam Henson (pictured centre), who unveiled the plans alongside a panel of stakeholders and representatives

Situated at Lock29, in Banbury’s Castle Quay, Oxfordshire, Happerley England will give farmers, suppliers and producers a platform to champion their ‘Gold Standard’ produce, a marque accorded only to food and drink producers able to name the exact sources of their core ingredients back to the primary producers.

Developed in the context of the growing phenomenon of interest in food and drink and demand for transparency that is sweeping the UK, Happerley England will offer an experiential and inspiring insight into the very best English food and drink production and producers.

Whether it’s beef, cheese, coffee or bread, every core ingredient in Happerley England products will be instantly traceable back to the farms (or fishing boats) of its origin; combating the alarming £12bn (real figure estimated to be as much as £60billion) food fraud costs the UK annually.

Happerley’s founder and CEO, Matthew Rymer said, “Happerley England is a focus, a celebration and a centre for the very finest food and drinks that have complete provenance. In too many cases the consumer is being misled and to my mind, it should be a basic right and expectation for the consumer to know where the food and drink they’ve purchased has come from.

“The reality of food production is being smoke screened, you’d be surprised how many brands do not want to identify their supply chain. Happerley England stands for delivering honesty and communicating that on behalf of everyone; it’s a beacon of transparency.'

The event also saw NFU Mutual commit to a high profile long-term partnership with Happerley, while former England rugby captain and Non-executive Director of Creed Foodservice, Phil Vickery MBE DL (pictured right), announced it will champion transparency in the ‘Foodservice Wholesale’ sector. This means it will endeavour to deliver Happerley Transparency across its supply chain wherever possible.

In addition, the Guild of Fine Foods and Great Taste Awards announced their involvement in the Happerley England Tour, which kicked off at the end of the event with the Happerley taxi being waved off by a crowd of over 100 farmers, suppliers, producers and passionate foodies, as it embarks on visiting every English county to celebrate and savour each region’s finest produce to showcase at Happerley England.