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Why not join the BBO Food Group?
Consumers, 'foodies' and individual supporters of our activities and of local food in general can take up the Food Forum package.

Local producers and outlets joining the BBO Food Group will receive help with promoting and growing their business through a range of membership benefits. As a business, you are invited to choose from four different types of membership Associate, Full, Hospitality and Patron.

Click here to read what our Members and Partners say about the support they have received from us.

BBO Food Directory

This is an annual publication, printed in full colour, A5 format, with listings of all BBO Food Group members, editorial features, recipe ideas and advertisements for local food sector businesses.
The 2009 Directory had a 10,000 print run and was distributed throughout Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire via local shops, libraries, local authorities offices, tourism information centres and Farmers Markets as well as at various local events.
In a survey in 2009 the Food Directory was voted the most prominent and successful service that the BBO Food Group offers to the public and to Members.

BBO Food Group Website

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This website (which you are viewing) provides up to date information for producers and consumers on all aspects of the Food Group.
The News section features latest local and national food news, Members news, the monthly Food Group newsletter and Governance information.
The Events section details food activities across the region including markets, shows, food fairs, trade events and exhibitions with full information and application forms. Members can register their own events. There are sections relevant to both producers and consumers for information. Also available in this section are details of Training courses and packages with joining instructions.
The BBO Food Group provides a link from its website to each members website to maximise usage of members websites. The password-protected Members section enables all members to update their information when they want to.
BBO Food Group members are also included in other on-line promotional databases, such as

Monthly Newsletters and updates

These are sent out to members so that they receive up to date information on relevant events, news information, trade development and activities
SEFGP e-Bulletins

The South East Food Group Partnership produces e-Bulletins with news and details about future events from all the food groups in the South East (Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex, and BBO). The Food Group meets quarterly at SEFGP to discuss new programmes and common issues. One example of SEFGP activity is the organisation of the stand at the annual Speciality and Fine Food Fair (London Olympia).
Training Courses

Members enjoyed 75 off every training course attended during 2004-2009.
In 2010 a new training subsidised package will be provided as part of the SEEDA Training Fund.
Examples of courses include:

  • Butchery and Retail costing
  • HACCP for Meat producers
  • Meat presentation, Packaging and Labeling
  • Success with a Farm Shop
  • Food Safety, Level 2, Level 3
  • Supply Chain Efficiency
  • Food Retailing
  • Improving Promotional Materials
  • Legal Labeling
  • Marketing Your Produce

Participation in Events and Shows

The BBO Food Group offers discounted stands at county shows under the Local Flavours umbrella in which a dedicated area of the Food Marquee is designated to local food and drink. We are able to negotiate reduced rates for stands at other events.
For example Members were able to have stands at the Thame Country Show at Easter 2009 for 10 per day. Members received 25 off at he Bucks County Show, The Oxfordshire County Show and The Royal Berkshire Show. It cost members 100 to exhibit at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair and International Food Exhibition in London within the South East England Stand.
Trade Development activities

BBO Food Group organise activities such as Meet the Buyer events to support local producers and increase their market opportunities selling to supermarkets such as Waitrose, Budgens and Asda.
We can help producers who are interested by preparing impressive portfolios and presentations for the introduction day.
Promotion and support in selling to the catering sector.
In conjunction with Tourism South East the BBO Food Group runs a number of events throughout the year to encourage the hospitality sector to increase its use of local produce.
In 2009 this included 3 chefs tours to each of the counties taking local chefs around producers in their area to meet the farmers and see the produce being grown to develop links and promote trade between the sectors.
In 2010 joint networking events between TSE and the BBO Food Group are planned.
General promotion

The BBO Food Group attends events throughout the year including farmers markets all over the 3 counties, exhibitions, county and national shows, conferences and workshops.  We provide displays, information and literature to be handed out to the general public or specialist trade audiences. Members can send their promotional flyers to us and we will do the rest.

BBO Food Group members rate networking as one of the most necessary services they receive. This is achieved through workshops, forums and training events. These are excellent opportunities to gain new contacts, share knowledge and experience, and simply to relax and enjoy our wonderful local food and drinks.
Local Flavours Festival

The first Local Flavours Festival was organised by BBO Food Group CIC in 2009. It was generously supported by local authorities in the 3 counties and SEEDA. Festival Partners and Sponsors were Archant Publishing, Ascot Racecourse, Business Link Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, Fallowfields Country House and Hotel, Oxfordshire Rural Community Council, Reading UK CIC, The National Trust, and Tourism South East.
There were over 180 wide ranging variety of events during the 2009 Festival which included:

  • Farm and garden tours, cookery courses, vineyard walks and wine tasting, apple days and a beer festival
  • Local Flavours in the county shows
  • Local Flavours menus in pubs and restaurants
  • New and established farmers markets celebrating the festival
  • Chocolate making and tasting

Members are offered free entry into The Local Flavours Festival programme (worth 50). The programme included special offers and discounts for food and drink at several restaurants, farm shops and festival events, as well as places to stay. Members also benefit from free promotional posters and marketing services for their events throughout the Festival.
The dedicated website provides full details of and promotion for members events, maps, places to stay, a photograph gallery, regular updates and newslette

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