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Welcome to Essential’s new website! We hope you’ll enjoy our improved look, user-friendly navigation, new features and some exclusive content around our 50th anniversary.


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Our product portfolio covers nearly 5000 vegetarian lines including organic, vegan, convenience, ingredients, free-from and speciality foods.

Bristol Gold Sustainable Food City

The journey of each ingredient from farmer to table is as important to Essential Trading as the quality of the food itself. The co-operative has strict guidelines for all its producers, suppliers and associates. Every item that Essential Trading handles meets stringent requirements. Every so often we hear a story that epitomises all that we do and strengthens our resolve. We involve ourselves in life-changing projects and demonstrate how ethical enterprises can succeed.