Food and Travel (UK) - - 200 th Issue -

In 1997 things were look­ing pretty grim for green­gro­cers. Ac­cord­ing to data from HM Rev­enue & Cus­toms, be­tween 1997 and 2008, 3,000 closed – around five per week. The main cul­prits were, of course, su­per­mar­kets. Though many sites that were once green­gro­cers have re-emerged as delis, smarten­ing up their im­age and in­tro­duc­ing spe­cial­ity foods pro­duced in an as­sured way. As in­ter­est in prove­nance con­tin­ues to grow, they are claw­ing back more of the mar­ket share, win­ning peo­ple over with their per­sonal ser­vice and by in­tro­duc­ing ex­tras such as cafés and tast­ing events. They’ve also started to spe­cialise, selling sin­gle-ori­gin in­gre­di­ents of su­perb qual­ity. More re­cently, in­ter­net-only shops have taken the deli on­line, pro­vid­ing a plat­form for pro­duc­ers to reach food lovers through­out the UK. Butch­ers, cheese spe­cial­ists and even fish­mon­gers are now in on the act.

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