Five foodie facts about East Anglia

11th August 2017

This summer we are opening a brand new Regional Centre in East Anglia

Wheat fields in East AngliaBased in Ipswich, the centre will save and redistribute surplus food across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. It makes a lot of sense for us to come to the area – farms across East Anglia are the starting point for food that ends up in shopping baskets and on plates right across the UK. To celebrate our new branch,  we’ve been learning all sorts of foodie facts about East Anglia.

Here’s our top five:

1. It’s Britain’s breadbasket:
The region’s climate, landscape and soils are ideally suited for growing wheat and the region produces enough wheat to produce 5,774 million loaves of bread each year.

2.They like a pint:
The barley grown in East Anglia could produce 2.5 million pints of beer.

3. They’ve got a sweet tooth too:
Farmers in East Anglia harvest more than two-thirds of England’s sugar beet crop.

4. There’s a good chance your breakfast egg is from East Anglia:
Laying hens in the region produce a whopping 2.2 million eggs every single day.

5. It’s home to Britain’s most famous crab:
Cromer crabs are famous around the world for their sweet flavour. Stephen Fry led a campaign to save Cromer’s famous crab processing factory from closure in 2011.

Do you live in East Anglia?

Find out how you can get involved with our new centre on our FareShare East Anglia page.

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