Durham University actively works with its food suppliers to maximise the use of local growers and local produce. One example is the engagement with J.R. Holland Food Services to identify local fruit and vegetable growers, resulting in seasonal produce including potatoes, strawberries, broccoli, carrots, swede and other vegetables been sourced within 25 miles of the University.
J.R. Holland Food has become a hub for local artisan producers identified by the university to supply bread, milk, yoghurt and free range eggs. The University sources its milk and yoghurt from Embleton Hall Dairies based in Durham. The dairy is supplied by local named farms with 'Field to Table' traceability (not spot bought).
Where possible (and affordable) the University will consider provenance, sustainable practices and economic support to our region. These will be considered as part of the procurement process.