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Welcome to Essential’s new website! We hope you’ll enjoy our improved look, user-friendly navigation, new features and some exclusive content around our 50th anniversary.




Essential Trading manufacture and distribute sustainable wholefoods, ecological household products and cruelty-free body care items throughout the UK and internationally.

Our product portfolio covers nearly 5000 vegetarian lines including organic, vegan, convenience, ingredients, free-from and speciality foods.

Bristol Gold Sustainable Food City

The journey of each ingredient from farmer to table is as important as the quality of the food itself to Essential Trading. The co-operative has strict guidelines for all its producer, suppliers and associates. Every item that Essential Trading handles meets its stringent requirements. Every so often we hear a story the epitomises all that we do and strengthens our resolve. These four projects have literally been life-changing for the people involved and demonstrate how ethical enterprises can succeed.