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‘Meet the Local Producer’: Gatwick shines light on local produce

Gatwick Airport is opening its doors to invite local food producers to its very first ‘Meet the Local Producer’ event. The event will play host to over 40 local food and beverage producers with buyers across the region from shops, restaurants and hotels, including those at Gatwick, attending.



With an abundance of quality unique food and beverage in the region the airport is keen to give producers in its locality the opportunity to network with businesses interested in purchasing their goods.

The event will play host to very initial start-ups to more established producers, already suppling major supermarkets. Confirmed producers exhibiting at the event include Crumbs Brewing, Kent Crisps and Harley House Distillery to name just a few.

Businesses are attracted by airports and choose to locate themselves close to airports. As well as continuing to play this pivotal role for the UK economy, the airport is keen to shine a light on the quality food and beverage the region has to offer, from bespoke artisan suppliers.

The airport already stocks several local suppliers. Surrey’s Silent Pool Gin and Kent’s Fudge Kitchen are stocked in the airport’s World Duty Free stores. Marks and Spencer is home to Wimbledon Ale, Kentish Pip ciders and Five Hop Lager from the Hogs Back Brewery Co. in Surrey.

While many of the airport’s restaurants are also home to local producers. Gatwick’s London Bar serves Bathtub Gin from Tunbridge, Ridgeview Wine from East Sussex, Brighton Gin plus Chapeldown Brut from Kent. While the airport’s pubs serve ales from Westerham Brewery and Denbies Whitedown Brut from Surrey.

‘Meet the Local Producer’ will take place 15th October 2019, Gatwick Hilton, 3pm – 6pm.

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Gatwick Airport, Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy said:

“We know that many businesses are in proximity to Gatwick, basing themselves in Kent, Surrey or Sussex, as they enjoy having the airport on their doorstep – providing a route to export their produce, travel for business or welcome business colleagues from aboard. 

“With so many companies choosing to locate themselves close to the airport, we are delighted to open our doors and give local food producers the opportunity to network with businesses requiring their goods, as well as potential buyers from across the Gatwick campus. In just one afternoon producers will be able to meet a huge volume of potential buyers – considerably cutting down the legwork involved which might take months otherwise.

“The four counties of Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex have a superb range of local products, including award winning cheeses and sparkling wine to all manner of artisan produce. At Gatwick we want to not only celebrate the very best of the surrounding counties produce but also help buyers from local businesses discover what is on their doorstep.”


Now you can fly to Cornwall from Gatwick Airport from just £35



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It’s almost a quarter of the price of taking the train, but now that Flybe has changed its Newquay route from Heathrow to Gatwick it means it is now so much easier to visit the area and possibly much cheaper.

Obviously prices fluctuate by the minute but when we looked to book a flight on a Saturday evening in July we were amazed to find a single ticket cost just £35.18!

Now this price only came with standard cabin baggage allowance which allowed for two bags which together could not total more than 10kg.

The flight only takes 1 hour and 15 minutes and is on a De Havilland DHC-8 400 series, which is a turboprop-powered airplane.

We compared the price to a train ticket departing on the same day. The cheapest ticket we could find was £119.30 but which in addition would take 6 hours and 17 minutes with a change at Reading as well.

All this only weeks after the airline received government help to avert a collapse. Currently they fly to Newquay from Heathrow but come March the route will instead be from Gatwick.

So maybe now is the time to get those Cornish holidays booked as this is likely to become a very popular route.

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