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Essential Trading Co-Operative

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Essential Trading is a British Co-operative wholesaler, manufacturer and distributor based in Bristol, and one of the most established suppliers in the UK health food industry. The company’s reputation is built around ethically-sourced, sustainably-produced, authentic, tasty ranges that contain no artificial colours, flavours or modifiers. Everything is traceable, wholesome, packed with goodness, guaranteed 100% vegetarian/vegan.  They already have over 5000 lines in their warehouse and you can find their own brand of kitchen cupboard staples in independent retailers all over the country. Essential Trading is delighted to introduce an exciting new product - unique to the UK - Organic Young Jackfruit, a new vegan meat alternative that’s previously been something of a chef’s secret.



Essential Trading Organic Young Jackfruit

The jackfruit is a savoury ingredient that foodies love, but is little known in the UK. Chunks of the fresh young jackfruit are canned in salted water, and provide a natural, nutritious and delicious alternative to meat. There are lots of meat substitutes on the market, but this non-processed ingredient has a meaty texture that can take on almost any flavour, without the need to be terribly skilled in the kitchen.


The texture and appearance, when cooked, are not dissimilar to pulled pork, and shredded jackfruit can be used in cooking as a flavoursome meat-free option in a very similar way. Simply drain and rinse the jackfruit, and tear the fibrous chunks, before cooking in a sauce to create a satisfyingly hearty alternative to pulled pork or other vegan meat alternatives. 



Jackfruit is an extremely healthy food, packed with valuable free radical fighting anti-oxidants and vitamins, and a natural source of minerals including magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. Jackfruit is a great unprocessed addition to a balanced plant-based diet, and its high fibre content also helps maintain a healthy digestive system. 


Essential’s Jackfruit has been ethically sourced and grown organically by long-term farming partners in Sri Lanka. Essential’s established partnership with Sri Lankan fruit growers has developed over the past 12 years, supporting a network of 3,000 growers, ensuring local communities are supported and the traditional rural landscape is protected from mass scale farming. The fruit is grown, prepared and canned by this sustainable project.



Essential Organic, Sustainable Coconut Range

The Essential coconut range is sustainably sourced from co-operative farms. Organically grown in Sri Lanka, these products give local farmers a sustainable income. The fresh coconut is pressed and packed at source which ensures that the local economy benefits from all aspects of the production process.



Essential Fairtrade Organic Infusions

Biodynamic, Fairtrade and Organic Infusions produced on Egyptian farms that adhere to strict biodynamic principles. These teas are grown on reclaimed desert land and sustain the livelihoods of thousands. Unbleached teabags.



Essential Organic Peanut Butter

An iconic range made only from the best organic peanuts. A choice of crunchy and smooth, with or without added salt.



Essential Tinned Organic Fruit

Essential organic fruit chunks are simply in organic fruit juice with no added sugar, preservatives or additives. All are produced, prepared and canned by a sustainable co-operative in Sri Lanka that supports the post-Tsunami economy, ensuring that all profit remains at source.



Essential "Vitam-R" Yeast Extract

Essential Yeast Extract has a superb, relatively subtle flavour. It is lower in salt than other yeast extracts as it is produced naturally by autolysis. It is also gluten free as it is processed from roots instead of grain and has no added MSG.



Essential Organic Flapjacks

A delicious range of organic, wholesome flapjacks, including four vegan flavours. Available in single flavour or mixed flavour cases. Sourced from a company local to the Essential HQ in Bristol.



Essential Organic, Fairtrade, Gluten Free and Wholefood Ingredients

The Essential ingredients range includes hundreds of varieties of natural wholefoods including rice, pulses, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. Sizes range from 125g up to 25kg.



Essential Tahini

A highly popular and versatile product, the Essential tahini comes in a choice of Toasted Hulled and nutrient rich Toasted Unhulled.



Essential Organic Vegan Pesto

The three Essential Organic Vegan Pesto sauces are all concentrated so twice as economical to use: simply add extra-virgin olive oil to taste. Three variations on the classic recipe of basil, pine nuts, extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt.


Essential Organic Vegan Mustards

Two mustards to tickle the taste buds. Everything you want from a mustard, but organic.


Essential Organic Fruit & Vegetables in Glass Jars

Freshly picked and quickly packed into sustainable glass jars in a factory which receives all its energy from sustainable sources.


Essential Organic Italian Tomato range

These tomatoes are grown and packed in the South of Italy. Certified organic to EU standards and the Organic Farmers & Growers Association UK. No BPAs in the product or packaging.


Essential Organic Tinned Pulses

The Essential pulses are simply canned in water with no added sugar or salt. All are in recyclable, handy ring-pull tins. Choose from 400g and 2.6kg* 

*Red Kidney, Mixed Beans and Chick Peas only


Essential Organic Baked Beans

Britain's favourite beans, but organic. 60% beans and organic tomato sauce. Sourced from an Italian Co-operative


Essential Organic Soup in Glass Jars

These gluten free soups are simply made from natural ingredients with no added sugar. All are vegetarian and the Lentil, Lentil & Pumpkin and Pea are also vegan.


Essential Organic Pasta

We have a choice of wholemeal and white pasta in a variety of shapes to suit all tastes and dishes. Sourced from an Italian Co-operative.


Essential Luxury Organic Cereals

One for every day of the week! Essential's luxury cereals comprise a choice of three mueslis, two granolas and two crunchy cereals. Each is packed with a nutritious combination selected from natural flakes, barley, puffed rice, fruit, nuts, seeds and, in one cereal, raw cacao nibs.


Essential Organic Herbs and Spices

Essential has a range of 40 herbs and spices in convenient home kitchen sizes. Seven Fairtrade varieties.

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