To achieve a successful application to become a member of Taste Harborough, members must show evidence of adhering to the following criteria upon application.
- The business is based in Market Harborough or the 15 miles surrounding Market Harborough, known as the Taste Harborough area, or has an effective presence in this area.
• The business conforms to health and hygiene standard three or above.
• Businesses will showcase that products are of the highest quality by providing evidence to Taste Harborough of any relevant quality schemes or awards they have received.
• Businesses will advise Taste Harborough of any changes to the business’s membership of quality schemes or changes to health and hygiene standard ratings.
• The business will be committed to the aims and objectives of Taste Harborough.
• The business will support Taste Harborough initiatives and events.
• Businesses will provide information (including some performance data) to Taste Harborough to support publicity initiatives and to satisfy current or future funders/sponsors and members.
• All Taste Harborough products when offered for sale to the public must clearly indicate their provenance or origin.
In addition to these criteria, members must also meet the criteria for each category the apply for; definitions are given as follows:
- All primary products grown or reared must have spent more than a third of their lives in the Taste Harborough area.
- Producers must use the Taste Harborough logo on products sold within the Taste Harborough area.
- All manufactured/processed products must have undergone a value added process over and above repackaging or remarketing.
- Businesses who manufacture/process products which are local or contain ingredients that are produced locally must demonstrate a commitment to local sourcing by using at least two Taste Harborough products regularly. If other local produce is used (i.e. produce which is local, but not registered through Taste Harborough) clear justification of its credentials must be provided to Taste Harborough.
- Businesses who manufacture/process products that are unable to use raw produce from the Taste Harborough area must show evidence of supporting the local economy by using local services and local products.
Retail and Hospitality
- Businesses must demonstrate active local sourcing and sell/use at least two Taste Harborough products regularly. If other local produce is sold/used (i.e. produce which is local, but not registered through Taste Harborough), clear justification of its credentials must be provided to Taste Harborough.
- The business will make a visible commitment to Taste Harborough by making the Taste Harborough charter and logo publicly available on their premises and/or on their website.
All applicants must agree to the terms and conditions, to review click here.