Fresh Produce

Caterite stock over 350 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables ranging from all the basics, to micro herbs, edible flowers, seasonal greens, salad essentials and exotics. Through our customer base we have developed and grown the range over a number of years, and now offer the most expanisive and accesible fresh proudce range in Cumbria.

Over fifty percent of our business is fresh, so we understand the importance of availability, quality and price. Unlike most other wholesalers, we purchase direct from growers or farmers in the UK and Europe. We have a produce hub in Lancashire where all of our local and nationwide sourced goods from farmers and growers are collated and then trunkered daily directly to our depot. From field to Caterite and to our customers in less than 24 hours, it just does not get any fresher.


Did You Know? We've our very own freshly prepared facility based in Penrith, with over 200 freshly prepared products available for next day delivery.

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Ingredient Sourcing 

We source our fresh produce direct from suppliers locally and globally, most of which are growers and exporters, this ensures fresh quality produce and better delivery.


When choosing suppliers, it is not only the product quality we care about but the way they source their products, how they treat their suppliers and the environment. We always check their accreditations, assurance certificates and whether they comply with ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative).


Quality Control 

Our produce goes through a three phase quality check programme to ensure the highest standards of quality and freshness. All of our products are checked as part of our goods in process when they are delivered. Any product that doesn’t align with our standards are rejected at this point.

When the products have been worked and are in their designated pick locations we employ a team of people who are responsible for quality control; this involves every product every day being visually checked, and random selections from each product being cut into to check the fruit/vegetable beneath the outer skin is of the required standard. This team consists of former chefs and fresh produce buyers that have a wealth of experience in the industry.

The final check is carried out by our night assembly team who visually check for quality when picking customer orders.


Packaging

Our packaging varies across our full range, this is down to supplier and availabilty. We use biodegradble or compostable packaging to pack our fresh products. Some items may come pre-packed. 

 

Benchmarking

We regularly cook with our fresh produce in our demonstration kitchen to see how the product holds up during the cooking process and of course most importantly, to taste the flavour and to educate our team.


Customer Visits

Our customers regularly visit the site to look round our produce chiller, have a chance to meet our team, cook with fresh ingredients in our development kitchen and explore in season products. They also have to opportunity to discuss new ranges a browse of fresh offerings.

 


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Accreditations

We take every step to ensure that the quality of our products follow the highest standards on food hygiene and safety

Our fresh products go through a three phase quality check programme to ensure the highest standards of quality and freshness. All of our products are checked as part of our goods in process when they are delivered. Any product that doesn’t align with our standards are rejected at this point. When the products have been worked and are in their designated pick locations we employ a team of people who are responsible for quality control; this involves every product every day being visually checked.

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Caterite Fresh 
We have an ever-growing range of over 1000+ fresh lines available to order from Caterite.co.uk, including a superb range of 350+ seasonal fresh produce lines, 200+ freshly prepared lines, 300+ fresh meat lines and new to the range 50+ fresh fish lines, all carefully selected by our experts in fresh. 

Fresh Produce
Caterite stock over 350 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables ranging from all the basics...

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CaterPrep
Currently produces over 200 different ready to use prepared lines to help busy chefs save time...

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Fresh Meat
Our specialist butchery division offers an exceptional range of fresh, high quality meat...

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Fresh Fish
Direct from supplier My Fish who source the finest quality seafood from coastal suppliers in the UK...

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