We are Ben and Charlie Haynes, the founders of Taste Traders. We’re based near Bath in the West Country and are passionate about delicious innovations in the world of food and drink. You might spot us with our son Felix exploring local farmers markets and food festivals around the country.
At Taste Traders, we work with independent producers to offer a range of hampers, gift packs and fine foods. We handpick each of our products from suppliers who are passionate about what they do, with local sourcing and delicious taste as top priorities.
We started Taste Traders back in Easter 2017. Our mission wasn’t just about choosing amazing food, we also wanted to help small independent producers. Though in fact, our story actually starts much longer ago…
Founder Ben spent his childhood on a farm in Shropshire. He was just as happy driving the tractor alongside the combine harvester as he was planting asparagus alongside the River Severn. Ever since then, farming and food have been near and dear to his heart.
Charlie grew up in her parents’ hotel in Shaftesbury, so her childhood revolved around cooking great food for their guests. As Charlie is both diabetic and gluten free she knows a thing or two about getting great quality food from producers you can trust
When not traversing the globe importing food for work, Ben and Charlie loved visiting local farmers markets and food festivals. There, they saw that fantastic local producers needed a better route to market. Many were trying to sell to supermarkets only to have their prices squeezed, making it difficult to make a living. They knew there had to be a better way!
The taste traders story
That’s why they launched Taste Traders, allowing customers to support fine food and drink producers directly, through their online shop.
All the Taste Traders suppliers have a story to tell, and Ben and Charlie are committed to supporting them as they grow their businesses.
As Ben says: “We have the most interesting, inspiring producers. All are passionate about the provenance of their ingredients and the taste of their delicious food and drink. By supporting Taste Traders you are supporting local food producers and their future.”
Special Offers & Promotions
During the year Taste Traders run a series of Special Offers & Promotions which includes exclusive previews of new products and food & wine tastings. Sign up to receive to receive exclusive updates – and the occasional discount!
How Do We Support Independent Producers?
Our ambition is to support local producers and farmers. The Taste Traders website lists the best products from a range of specially selected suppliers who we visit personally and have an on-going relationship. All of us are passionate about innovative and delicious food & drink. The important thing is to keep it local and authentic – working with small independent producers only!
We love hearing from our customers, and we’re always open to new ideas. If you have a suggestion for Taste Traders, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on 07510 194167 or write to us at:
Taste Traders, North Street, Norton St Philip, Bath, BA2 7LE