Food Producer

Turnips Borough


Turnips Borough is a retailer and wholesaler of fruit and vegetables dedicated to sourcing and supplying the freshest, most flavourful produce. The range, quality and freshness of produce from heritage tomatoes to speciality mushrooms and exotic fruit they sell from their stall at Borough Market is amongst the best you will find.

Turnips is run by the two generations of the Foster family, founded by Fred and Caroline in the 1980s. Now Charles and Frederica Foster have joined the family business and are driving it forward for the future with a pioneering approach to reducing food waste. Turnips has supplied produce to top London restaurants and chefs since the 1980s. In the early 1990s the wholesale business moved to Borough Market and became the first trader to start selling to the public when the market first opened to shoppers in the mid 1990s. Today Turnips is open 6 days a week and offers a 24/7 service to restaurants including La Gavroche, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester and Bagatelle.

Turnips Kitchen is a vegetable-led street food business which takes fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste and turns it into delicious juice and street food which is sold from Borough Market, Greenwich Market and other pop-up and temporary sites including Vinegar Yard, near London Bridge.

Turnips Kitchen came about from the family’s commitment to reducing waste of fruit and vegetables from the stall that while still perfectly good, could not be sold.

The Foster family have brought me in to refine and communicate the Turnips story and demonstrate their expertise; to introduce the ‘next generation’ and build their profile within the business and build brand awareness through social media communications including a new brand, new website, improved social media and a targeted media relations campaign.


Hodmedod was founded in 2012 by Nick Saltmarsh, Josiah Meldrum and William Hudson after they realised the absurdity of the British relationship with pulses: most of the UK’s beans are exported to the Middle East and Northern Africa, while most of the pulses consumed within the UK are imported from abroad. They decided to do something about this and started working with local producers of fava beans, a bean which has been grown in Britain since the Iron Age but little eaten here in recent centuries. After successfully bringing British-grown Fava beans to the market, with a highly favourable response from individuals, retailers and caterers, they started to explore other British varieties of beans and peas, as well as cereals like lentils, quinoa, chia and grains like naked barley.

Hodmedod works with a network of farmers to source and sell both organic and conventionally farmed peas, beans and British quinoa online and through independent retailers and farm shops.

In 2016 Hodmedod won multiple awards:

  • BBC Food & Farming Awards Best Producer 2017

  • Soil Association Boom Award 2016 - Best overall product in Pantry category

  • Delicious Magazine: Winner, From the Field 2016

  • Suffolk Greenest County - Food & Drink category 2016

  • Great Taste Awards - British Quinoa, Carlin Peas and Yellow Split Pea Flour, Organic Naked Barley and many other products.


Every year 10-16% of fruit and vegetables grown on UK farms is wasted - that’s 22,000-37,000 tones and enough to feed 200,000 people*. Third generation Essex-farmer and fruit-grower, Pete Thompson is determined to create a more sustainable way of farming, finding new uses for the apples, pears, apricots and plums grown on his Essex farm, but which haven’t made the grade required by retailers.

Thompson has launched RELIQUUM LONDON DRY GIN which uses an eau de vie made from apples grown in the farm’s orchards which would otherwise go to waste. Botanicals include Calamondin an unusual citrus fruit which is also grown on the farm The result is an exceptionally smooth citrusy gin and mellowed with the floral sweetness of apple which is made in partnership with Master Distiller, Dr John Walters from the English Spirit Distillery. The name Reliquum comes from Latin and means “All that remains”.

Two other spirits join the Reliquum range: RELIQUUM PLUM a sophisticated spirit of London Dry Gin blended with Lizzie plums to produce a bright sharp spirit with an almond after-taste; and RELIQUUM APRICOT which blends London Dry with tree-ripened apricots for a smooth taste with the distinct aroma of ripe apricots. The fruit is grown in traditional orchards and left to naturally ripen to develop the fullest flavour. Nothing else is added and nothing taken away.

Reliquum founder, Pete Thompson says: “We are very proud of this London Dry Gin, but it is only the first step in our journey towards creating a genuine single estate gin, using ingredients entirely sourced from the fields and orchards of our farm, here in Great Oakley on the north eastern tip of coastal Essex.”

Master Distiller, Dr John Walters of the English Spirit Distillery says: “We pride ourselves on producing the best spirits anywhere in the country and this means partnering with the best growers. We are delighted to work alongside Thompson's and develop their world class product.”



Every year tonnes of fruit are wasted around the country because it’s too big, too small or too ugly to be sold.

Cotchel was founded by third generation farmer Pete Thompson, who is on a mission to reduce food waste. The family have been growing fruit and vegetables for markets, greengrocers and restaurants on their farm in Essex since 1948. They select and grow apples, pears, apricots, plums and figs for the best flavour.

Cotchel is a new range of four distinct juices made with apples and pears grown, pressed and bottled in Essex. Cotchel is all about creating a great tasting fruit juice using fruit that can’t be sold and taking small steps towards reducing food waste.

Cotchel is market-traders’ slang for the bits 'n' bobs left over at the end of the week. Needless to say, Cotchel always tastes good!

The orchards are abundant with wildlife. As farmers, they believe it is their duty to care for the land for the benefit of future generations.