Locavore, a zero-waste supermarket chain, opened its biggest store yet in January.
The shop cuts out plastic and waste as much as possible, while still offering the same variety and quality of produce as any other supermarket.
With four locations already in Glasgow and Kirkintilloch, Locavore’s fifth branch is the first in Edinburgh. Its doors have opened in the premises previously occupied by Maplin Electronics.
The social enterprise supermarket can cater to all the shopping needs you would expect, offering organic fruit and veg, kitchen staples, baking essentials, sweet treats, toiletries, homeware, and so on.
Inside the front door, it’s the array of brightly coloured organic Fairtrade t-shirts and locally produced candles that are immediately eye-catching.
There are also long rows of vats filled with grains, cereals, pulses, and nuts and seeds, dispensing only what you need at a time. The milk vending machine, peanut butter maker and Kombucha dispenser make you want to go zero-waste for the novelty alone.
Jars, bottles, and bags are available to buy at the shop, or you can bring your own.
“What we try to do is really have that full offer, so that people can come here and get most of their shopping done,” explains managing director Reuben Chesters.
As part of the company’s Bigger Plan, Locavore aims to set up ten branches across the country and become a meaningful player in the Scottish food system. Reuben says:
“As we have more market share, we can use that market share to change the way the food system works.
“Things like being able to help growers convert to organic.”
Expanding also facilitates Locavore’s focus on the supply chain and the differences they can make every step of the way. Reuben says:
“One thing we’re doing at the moment which I’m really excited about, is we’re making Scottish fava beans and tomato sauce as a baked bean replacement.
“These are beans that have been grown in Scotland and they’re usually either used as animal feed or sent to the Middle East. Instead, we’re getting them canned in organic tomato sauce and we’ll have them hopefully on the shelves in a few months.”
Locavore Edinburgh also hopes to see its in-house café up and running by March or April, offering breakfast and brunches made from fresh, seasonal, and locally grown ingredients.
The supermarket is located at 118-126 Dalry Road, Edinburgh and is open from 8am to 8pm daily