The United Fresh Consortium

Together, we’re helping to champion British farming and deliver the very best of local produce to our clients, all year round

Championing British farming with the UFC

The United Fresh Consortium (UFC) is our back-up supplier for fruit and vegetable.

They consist of a group of forward thinking and service focused regional fresh produce suppliers who collectively offer national distribution of fresh produce under one company, the UFC. Heavily focused on excellent customer service, quality, regional and seasonal produce and ensuring as small a climate impact as possible.

Supporting seasonal produce

The UFC operates a National Supply Partner Network that delivers an extensive range of the finest local, regional and exotic produce. Their suppliers range from second to third-generation family businesses across the UK. By joining the UFC as a consortium, these local suppliers are able to deliver nationally which means our clients are able to access the freshest British produce when in season.

Good for the environment

Food miles can add up, so when we buy British sourced products, we can cut the need for imports and reduce our carbon footprint. Working with the UFC means our fruit and vegetables are sourced from their network of local and regional suppliers, helping us to support sustainable farming. In addition, when produce is not in season within the UK or of course items which are always procured from further away, the UFC ensures that their suppliers are undertaking the lowest possible environmental impact methods to ensure our model remains as sustainable as possible.

Supply Chain Stability

As we have seen in 2020, time of crisis can produce many challenges for supply chain. Working with the UFC not only allows us to support British farming, but our supply chain is more secure as we don’t have to rely on imports. This means our clients have continuity of supply - whilst never comprising on quality. 

Christian Paynton, Managing Director, said:

“We are very pleased to bring our service standards to Foodbuy and greatly value the opportunity to offer supply. Our model allows Foodbuy’s clients the opportunity to work with some fantastic suppliers, growers and producers, whilst enjoying the very best regional service and support, all within a fifty-mile radius, not only reducing the carbon impact of deliveries but ensuring support is available close by if required.

The UFC provides regional supply as a national solution, helping to build a sustainable supply chain for a better world for all.”