15 September 2008 | Jake Kanter
Buyers and suppliers disagree over what the term "local sourcing" means, a study has revealed.
The survey of 2,000 firms in the hospitality industry by Beacon Purchasing found 75 per cent believe local sourcing is within a 20-mile radius. But the companies were "sceptical" of supplier claims about local products, with some vendors referring to either regional or national products as local.
Chris Durant, director of Beacon Purchasing, said: "This raises a challenge for suppliers: how to meet a practical demand for local products at competitive prices and within a framework of what 'local' means. The reality is that businesses are not going to get everything they need from a 20-mile radius or at a price they want to pay."
The respondents said over 50 per cent of their customers are requesting local produce. In addition, some 92 per cent of the firms would buy organic ingredients for recipes if they were cheaper.