Todays food culture

I’ve seen the devil of violence, and the devil of greed, and the devil of hot desire; but, by all the stars! these were strong, lusty, red-eyed devils, that swayed and drove men—men, I tell you. But as I stood on this hillside, I foresaw that in the blinding sunshine of that land I would become acquainted with a flabby, pretending, weak-eyed devil of a rapacious and pitiless folly.

Sandwich Suppliers

I am getting used to the idea of pre packed individually wrapped cakes, sandwiches and snack bars. Not my idea of home cooked and local. But a solution to the need to comply with Environmental Health regulations.

Besides which it still is possible to source locally.

Snacks and sweets

A learning curve or obstacle course, I am not sure which.

I started at Bookers in Chichester not having the fainest idea about what sells and what does not. So I picked out half a dozen random boxes of chocolate bars being twenty four of this and thirty six of that.

But the one thing they all had in common was that they come with a recommended retail price at sixty pence each and very slim margins

Didn’t fare much better when it came to the potato crisps either. Three boxes of Walkers grab bags pre-priced at a pound each with a best by date that comes around all too quickly for a small cafe . I also opted for Kettle chips. A box each  for Salted, Salt & Vinegar and Cheese & Onion. Smaller packets but the same pricing constraints.

Then just to add salt to the wounds I figure out that I can by those snack bars in smaller quantities at the Tesco Extra and slightly cheaper. I guess the way the market has developed the lines between wholesale, suppliers, distributors and retail outlets has blurred.

Next are the individually wrapped and packed snack bars. All butter flapjacks, shortbread fingers, tiffins and rocky roads. As well as hermatically sealed and sanitised soft cookies, cup cakes , muffins, carrot cake, cherry and almond slice and a rich. Belgian chocolate cake.

All most convenient but I am convinced that they glow when one turns the light out and I miss what should be homecooked and local.

Imported South African foods in the UK – Only retail

Tel. 01865862656

E-Mail :

Message via contact form asking if they offer trade prices

Mrs Balls 4.00, Rusks 4.00, Mazoe 8.99 for 1.5L, Nice ‘n Spicy 2.00, Freshpak Rooibos (80) 4.90 (40) 2.50

Hunters boerewors and biltong

June 23rd

Catering supplies Hampshire

I started from scratch and this is not as easy as it could be. Simple questions turn out to be not as simple as one first assumes.

Bookers are a good place to start. They carry a large range of products but prices  are competitive rather than wholesale. I can get snack bars in smaller quantities and a better price at Tesco. But it is convenient.

I can’t remember what the requirements are to qualify for a buying card. But they are not too onerous.

If not Bookers, the only other option being the internet. To search for suppliers of speciality foods or purchase directly. What is mussing is a how to, who does guide.

Licensed Trade Suppliers Harry Morgan


May 22 2021

South African food wholesalers –  01753684014

Jumbo Importers Ltd
Address: Unit 17 Coln Ind Est
Colnbrook Slough SL3 0NJ;
Tel: 01753 684014.

Ten percent discount for multi-buy (three or more)

Boerewors 10.00, Biltong  34.95 to 50.00
Biltong cutter 100

Mrs Balls 3.70,  Rusks 4.40, Mazoe 9.90 for2L, Nice ‘n Spicy 2.95, Freshpak Rooibos (80) 5.95 (40) 3.60

Emailed (mail returned)
Trade: Pawel – 02085 958 400

SA Wholesale
c/o Intertrans (Cargo Services) Ltd
2nd Floor Rainham House
New Road
Essex. RM13 8RH
Tel: (020) 8595 8400

Cash & Carry Barking Essex

Mrs Balls, Rusks, Mazoe 2L, Freshpak Rooibos
No Nice’n Spicy?

Dry goods no biltong or wors

Contact form not working. Emailed

Zambezi Foods
193 Camford Way

T: +44 (0) 1582 564 333


Mrs Balls  Mazoe

Query via contact form 0208 549 6000

Mrs Balls 2.75,  Rusks 4.99, Mazoe 7.99 2L, Nice ‘n Spicy 2.00, Freshpak Rooibos (80) 5.99 (40) 3.79


An independently run family business which started in Raynes Park back in 2002. Today we have a fully operational butchery in the heart of Wimbledon producing our award winning biltong and braai meat and have 8 retail outlets across premium London locations.

Fresh Thai fruit and vegetables

We do a weekly shop at the Thai & Asian Supermarket in Portsmouth where one has a better selection of fresh vegetable than we used to get at themarket in Nong Prue. It might be crazy and, it’s not cheap but it makes a difference/

I understand the produce is flown into Bournemouth before being distributed to the various retail outlets.


Where to begin

Am setting up a small coffee and snack kiosk and haven’t got a clue where to start.

Did a half-hearted search for sandwich boards and stencils. But it is credit card processors that I believe I should be looking for.  Googling the solution I am looking for, made my head spin and I resorted to mailing a couple of the local Chichester street food traders.

Food Trucks in Chichester

Had an almost immediate response from Philip Jull from The Pass Street Food Cafe which goes a long way towards explaining why a humble food truck is rated as the best restaurant in Chichester.

Problem solved.

Have registered with Zettle and now wait……..