Public turn to Local Food Drops website

More than 1,000 people are visiting Local Food Drops every day as the nation continues to find new ways to purchase their shopping.

The website, set up to help foodservice wholesalers reach consumers with newly launched public-facing services, has only been live for two weeks but has already received a lot of attention.

More than 1,300 providers are listed on the Local Food Drops site, spanning the entire UK, with people logging on from all over the country every day.

The site’s popularity has been aided by coverage in national newspapers and endorsement from famous food critics and chefs, while referrals and suggestions are flooding in too.

Set up by Foodservice Online and digital agency, iWeb, the site allows users to enter their postcode and see options for delivery and click and collect services in their area.

Many FWD foodservice wholesalers are among the businesses listed on the site and Chief Executive James Bielby praised the idea when it first launched.

“Many of our members are offering to-the-door or click-and-collect services to the public, many of them built from scratch in the last two weeks – they’ve been creative and innovative in what have been extremely difficult circumstances for foodservice distributors,” Bielby said earlier this month.

“Foodservice Online is one of FWD’s Service Provider members and they and their technology partner, iWeb, have been incredibly fleet-footed in setting up this platform on behalf of our sector. We’ve very grateful to them for bringing wholesale together like this and delighted to add our database of members’ delivery offers to the service.”

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