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Beanies is the Best!

Beanies Wholefoods, the independent greengrocers in Walkley, Sheffield, was voted Best Independent Retailer in the 2015 Observer Food Monthly (OFM) Awards last Thursday.

Winners of the twelfth OFM Awards were announced at a ceremony in London on 15th October this year and were voted for by Observer readers and a panel of Michelin-starred judges.

Beanies Wholefoods was one of only six winners from out of the London area and was voted in by members of the public. Observer readers voted for winners in ten categories, while the judging panel voted for the remaining seven winners.

The Observer, published by Guardian News & Media, is the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper and includes The Observer Food Monthly magazine as a regular free supplement. The OFM Awards aim at celebrating the best of British food and drink.

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As an independent retailer, Beanies has run an organic fruit and veg box scheme in Sheffield for more than 20 years, with around 500 weekly deliveries. One of the members of the small co-operative who run the shop, Heather Adams, says there has been a market for organic and vegan food in Sheffield for a long time.

Everyone knows one another. New companies come along but there’s never competition in the way supermarkets have competition. We encourage other independent shops, people support each other.

One of their local suppliers is a previous co-op member, Matt West, who has now set up a market garden called Sheffield Organic Growers on the south-eastern edge of the city.

Beanies Wholefoods also recently won an Eat Sheffield award, a local initiative set up by the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University, to celebrate local independent food businesses in Sheffield.

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With these accolades Beanies Wholefoods demonstrates that together with the enduring value that independents invest into our local economy and community, they can also deliver the highest quality goods and services. Beanies is the best!

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