News from Daily Bread

The UK is no longer a member of the EU and has entered a transitional period, and trade negotiations are ongoing.

The UK will remain in the EU’s customs union and single market for the duration of the implementation period and all EU rules and regulations will still apply. Effectively, nothing will change until 31st December 2020.

We are working with our suppliers to minimise the impact of Brexit on our customers. There is still a lot of uncertainty on what changes will happen from 1st January 2021, but we will post updated information here when it becomes available.

The impact of a no-deal Brexit with regards to tariffs, customs duties, and excise is not entirely clear, is quickly evolving and the advice available from the UK government is open to interpretation. We can therefore only share the resources currently available to us and cannot vouch that our interpretation is correct or that the situation will not change. It does however barring a late deal that WTO (World Trade Organization) tariffs will apply. There can be delays at UK ports also as a result.

There is expected to be price increases and delays in some products. However, our suppliers have built extra capacity which can be a combination of several things such as higher than normal stock levels. This is beside the excellent efforts that have been made to maintain supplies during the pandemic.

So we at Daily Bread with our trade partners will do our best to reduce the impact on our customers. We thank you for your loyalty and we are looking forward to a better year.

There has been a recent controversial issue concerning an investment in Oatly who produces a range of Oat based drinks and other products. It has been reported that Blackstone Inc has invested $200 million in Oatly. It has also been reported that Blackstone has invested in other companies or has links to those that are involved in the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. There is also concerns mentioned of the Blackstone CEO political links.

We have included a couple of links below for some background information, from both sides of this issue.

Daily Bread is concerned about this issue. We are presently not buying any more Oatly products. We have just what's left on our shelves from previous purchases.

We would like customers to give us feedback on this issue so do please contact us via email with your opinion. In the meantime, we have started purchasing another brand that has been selling vegan drink products for many years, The Bridge.

The Bridge produces several oat-based drinks - Oat milk, Calcium enriched, and Barista. They are also on offer at the moment from our supplier at a good price. Please try these and lets us know what you think or if you have other brands that you like we can look at.

The Weetabix Northamptonshire Food & Drinks awards is an annual competition run by the sector for the sector and which is aimed at celebrating all that is great about local food and drink.

Daily Bread is the sponsor for the vegan and vegetarian category and the results are below. which were announced on the 12th November 2020.

Because we were unable to meet the celebration took place on Youtube.
More details and results in the other categories can be found on the Northamptonshire food and drinks website -

 Awards 2020

food awardsGIARDINIERA Nakasero, Northampton

SALTED VANILLA POPCORN What’s Poppin’, Northampton


 HABANERO AND RED ONION RELISH Bite Me Spices, Northamptonsilver

LIME PICKLE Papa’s Dhaba, Northampton



MATCHA TEA BROWNIES Pure and Raw Goodies, Northampton

SARA’S PARMIGIANA Squisito Butchers & Provisions, Yelvertoft 




We hope everybody is keeping safe and well at this time.

Updates will be posted here as the situation changes.

Ordering online & Shop

We have lifted the limit on the number of each product you can buy. 
We now have good stocks of most flour including those we pack ourselves. We do have plenty of dried yeast.

We are packing our other own packed products as much of and as quickly as we can, but please accept our apologies if the product or size you require is not available. Apart from limited staff and distancing, we are following all guidelines in the packing process which limits what we can pack at any one time. Wheat flour for example because of the gluten content.

We are receiving stock almost daily but there are out of stocks and it is difficult to predict what we will have and when, as our suppliers are also under heavy demands, but this looks like this is improving.
You can use the online shop to 'Click & Collect'.  Orders will be in the front of the shop, please ask at the till when you come in. You may still need to queue.

If there is a specific product you require please check before making a long journey as the stock levels on the website will not be up to date.

We have been putting our phone system on answerphone during very busy times and during the time we are closed, to ease the burden on staff members. Please leave a message or email us.

Opening Times
Monday to Saturday
9am to  5pm

There will be a limit of 6 people in the shop at any one time. If you come as a couple it is helpful that only one person comes into the shop.

Please do keep 2 meters distance from other shoppers and staff members. The floor is marked out. You are required to wear face masks in the shop as per government regulations. 

Please we would encourage that customers do not bring children into the shop whenever possible.

We will not be taking cash, CARD ONLY, please.

Workbridge Garden Centre, Canvas Printshop & Cafe

These areas are open but with limited opening times and products.

For the latest information and contact details please visit their website
Please contact them directly as we will not have the latest information or be able to inform you about their product range.
Also please be aware they will have social distancing procedures in place for the Cafe and Garden Center

Workbridge are open 9am – 3pm weekdays 9am – 3:30pm Saturdays  Closed on Sundays.

  • The garden centre is fully open
  • The coffee shop is open as a take-away and collection service
  • The charity shop is closed due to national lockdown.

It is important that we keep you and our staff safe so thank you for your understanding and patience.

Update on the survey in regards to Ecover products.

In December 2018, SC Johnson acquired Ecover. It is not a secret that SC Johnson do test on animals. But Ecover's own policy states that none of their products are tested on animals.
(Source )

SC Johnson Statement differs as they do carry tests on animals as per countries regulations.

We did a online poll which the final question asked - if customers would change their buying habits based on the information available , 82.1% said yes. 
The survey in the shop it was 54%

Many comments made in the poll that customers were happy if there were alternatives available.

So we have decided in light of the results and customer comments to stop selling Ecover in the shop and online.
We will be in the process of replacing Ecover products with alternatives brands such as Bio D and Ecoleaf and other brands over the next few weeks. In many instances alternatives are available already.

This process may take a little time, as we sell our remaining Ecover Stock and source alternatives. We aim to ensure our household cleaning range will include any particular product customers may require.
All of our refillable products are already alternatives to Ecover.


We are conducting a poll from our valued customers to find out whether in light of what we know if we as a business should continue to support Ecover.

If you are unable to complete the form (Google account required) we do have forms in the shop as well.


Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Co-operative Congress held in Manchester on the 21st & 22nd June this year is the co-operative sector’s annual conference, when members, directors, activists and CEOs from cooperatives large and small come together. Congress brings together those working to build a fairer economy to share ideas, get inspiration and take action.

Part of the Congress is recognising co-operatives and individuals within the movement.

Roger Sawtell lifetime co-op achievement awardTwo new awards, a record number of votes and six winners – the Co-operative of the Year Awards 2019 have been another phenomenal celebration of the power of co-operation.

With more than 33,000 votes cast, the winners were awarded their prestigious prizes at a gala dinner at Co-op Congress, celebrating its landmark 150th year.

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, said: “The Co-op of the Year Awards is always a special occasion. And once again, a raft of worthy winners have taken home their coveted prizes. They – and all our nominees – are an outstanding example of how working co-operatively creates opportunity and prosperity and grows the economy at both the national and local level.”

Of particular note for one of the new awards, Roger Sawtell who lives in Northampton was announced as the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the years, Roger has founded many co-ops, including ICOM (which merged into Co-operatives UK), ICOF, which is now Co-operative Finance, Daily Bread Co-op and Trylon. He still promotes co-operative ideals and has convinced many companies to convert to being co-ops.

John Clarke Member of Daily Bread Co-operative a wholefood store on the Bedford Road was at the conference to receive the award on Roger’s behalf as he was unable to attend. John has said that Roger’s work ‘ has inspired him and driven his passion for co-operatives’.

Nick Matthews the Chair of Co-operatives UK will be coming to Daily Bread at noon on Tuesday 2nd July to meet Roger and hand the award to him in person.

Daily Bread welcomes past and present workers as well as customers to attend, and there will be a small selection of foods to sample.

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  for more details of the awards.

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