A looming ‘hard Brexit’ during much of March threatened an abrupt end to trading relationships built up by buying clubs over many years. Since 2012, the pop-up wholefoods group in Dublin 1 has been ordering with Suma, Britain’s leading workers’ co-operative. However, they drew up their recent order under a shadow – the UK potentially crashing out of the EU soon after dispatch of what would be their 49th bulk shipment from the Yorkshire-based co-op. Thus, there was a serious chance it would have to be their last, amid the prospect of prohibitive tariffs and regulations kicking in from the end of the month.
In the end, what had been scheduled as ‘Brexit Day’ came and went – twice – with Britain still in the EU. While nothing is certain at this stage, the most immediate threat has been lifted. There is room for cautious optimism that a 50th Suma pallet will yet wend its way to the Irish capital – and hopefully many more to follow.
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This site aims to encourage and support the setting up of further bulk buying clubs and small food co-ops in Ireland by sharing the experience of individuals who have operated a ‘pop-up wholefoods’ model over a number of years.