McInnes gives thumbs up to Fruitmart venture

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North East MSP, Alison McInnes, enjoyed a visit to Community Food Initiatives North East latest venture, the Fruitmart, at Longside recently.

Having toured the premises and met the service users in the shop and warehouse, Mrs McInnes said she was impressed byt he local facility.:

“This is a terrific venture that is now been supported by CFINE,” she said.

“ Fruitmart has been running for some time now under the watch of Francis who has now been employed by CFINE and is continuing the good work in this community. It is very encouraging to see this social enterprise supplying the local community with fresh fruit and vegetables which are locally produced, many from other social enterprises in the area. Fruitmart currently receive orders from hotels, schools and groups throughout the area and this number is growing.

“The shop provides a focal point in the village and it is hoped that in the future there will be provision for a community café which would certainly be a boost for everyone involved.”

Chief executive Dave Simmers said: “CFINE purchased the Fruitmart in November 2010 and look forward to the official opening on Monday 28 February.

“The service users at Fruitmart are all hard working and have become a real team over the years; I am really pleased that CFINE are involved in this venture.”