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Understanding Public Food Procurement in the HotSW region

23 August 2021 - 28 February 2022

PI/s in Exeter: Professor Matt Lobley

CI/s in Exeter: Dr Caroline Nye, Professor Harry G West, Dr Timothy Wilkinson

Research partners: NFU, DCC, SCC, CCC, HotSW LEP

Funding awarded: £39841.85

Sponsor(s): Devon County Council

About the research

It is increasingly recognised that effective public food procurement can provide a range of benefits including thriving local economy, and the supply of nutritious food for customers. Given the policy aim of increasing local/regional supply into public procurement it is vital to gain a more detailed understanding of the local public procurement ‘landscape’.  With a geographical focus on the HoTSW area, this research will work with public procurement buyers, chiefs and cooks in public sector kitchens, and producers in order to understand:

  • What Public Procurers currently buy?
  • What would encourage Public Procurers to change current practices and source more locally?   
  • What are the opportunities and barriers to diverting existing production to public procurement within the HoTSW area?
  • What are the opportunities and barriers switching existing production in order to facilitate greater local supply into public procurement?

Devon County Council