Sauced Here is an innovative online retail enterprise, marrying the convenience of online shopping with buying locally produced food in the Peak District.
The inspiration for establishing the company came from founder Luke Osborne’s experience during a stay at a self-catering cottage. Luke booked an online supermarket delivery for the holiday, only to discover a range of amazing local shops the next day. ‘We missed out due to lack of local knowledge and a need for convenience,’ says Luke. Determined to design a way to overcome these barriers and help both locals and those holidaying to buy regional products and support local producers, Luke founded Sauced Here.
As well as the convenience of a supermarket-style online shopping and home delivery service, choice is an important factor for Sauced Here. The website offers over 1000 locally sourced products. This leads to ‘the convenience and similar choice that you might get from an online supermarket experience…hand sourced from 40 Peak District farmers, food and drink producers and local businesses.’
In January 2020, Sauced Here featured on BBC Countryfile. Presenter Sean Fletcher aptly described the company as a matchmaking service – bringing local producers together with the people who want to eat their food.
In the Peak District, orders are hand-delivered by a team of local drivers, but Sauced Here also delivers to the rest of the UK via courier. During the current coronavirus pandemic, the company has removed all home delivery fees to help more people access local food during this time of need.
Sauced Here’s mantra is ‘shop conveniently, locally and responsibly’. The company provides convenience to suit our busy modern lives, whilst enabling us to be responsible consumers, supporting local produce. This is a model that is invaluable not only in the current crisis we find ourselves in, but also if we are to achieve a more resilient and sustainable food system when this dark cloud passes.