A host of local producers are set to reap the benefits from the opening of Cranstons new Brampton Foodhall on Monday February 15th.
More than 20 businesses from across Cumbria and its borders will showcase their produce in the new Foodhall, a welcome expansion to the Cranstons brand.
The products, which are bestsellers at Cranstons Cumbrian Foodhall in Penrith and Cranstons Foodhall at Orton Grange, range from puddings, flavoured spirits and ales, to bakery goods, ice cream and jams.
Cranstons local suppliers were invited to a behind the scenes tour of the former HSBC bank on Brampton’s Front Street to see and hear how they will benefit from Brampton’s move from across the street to the larger premises. Among guests were representatives from Cumberland Mustard of Alston, Farrer’s of Kendal, Border Traybakes of Penrith, Claires Handmade, Brysons, North Lakes Dairy, Kin Vodka, Eden Brewery and The Tractor Shed Brewing Co. David Dickinson and his wife Rosie of Brockwoodlees Farm Canonbie who supply beef cattle to Cranston were also in attendance.
Director Roger Cranstons and Brampton shop manager, Mark Mallinson were on hand to meet their suppliers and welcome them to their new store.
The new foodhall, which will open on Monday 15th February at 10am, has already provided four extra jobs in the town. The new members of the team have been busy training at the Cumbrian Foodhall in Penrith in preparation for the big opening.
Cranstons invites everyone to join them on the opening day, where they’ll samples galore as well as a giant celebration cake provided by Bryson’s of Keswick, and a glass of fizz for lucky customers on arrival. If you’re one of the first 200 people to spend £20 in the store you will receive a free Cranstons Pinstripe Bag for Life.
Jason Hill of Eden Brewery near Penrith said “We are absolutely thrilled that Cranstons new Brampton Food Hall will be stocking our traditional ales brewed in Brougham near Penrith. Our range already sells well at Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall in Penrith and Cranstons Orton Grange Food Hall so we hope Brampton customers will try and enjoy it. It’s great to see a Cumbrian business supporting other local businesses. ”
David Dickinson, Brockwoodlees Farm Canonbie ‘'I have been supplying Cranstons with beef cattle for over 20 years direct from the farm, they buy several cattle a week. The additional Food Hall at Brampton is great news for Cranstons farm suppliers as it gives us the confidence to develop our businesses knowing that future demand for high quality cattle is secure''
Roger Cranston, Director said: “It has been great to see so many of our local suppliers at the new Brampton Food Hall today supporting Cranstons and our latest Food Hall. Cranstons have always bought high quality cattle, lambs and pigs from local farms but the Food Hall shopping concept has allowed us to offer customers produce from a wide range of other Cumbrian food and drink producers. The food industry in our area has a real strength and depth at the moment with lots of passionate producers and great brands, we are excited to be offering these to Brampton shoppers.