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£40m Gloucester Services on M5 looks to do business with 60 food suppliers

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£40m Gloucester Services on M5 looks to do business with 60 food suppliers

When truckers pull in to tuck into a fry-up at the newly opened Gloucester M5 Services next summer, they can expect to enjoy a Gloucester Old Spot sausage.

Although there won’t be greasy fry-ups on offer, there will be home-cooked breakfasts and meals, with produce sourced locally.

 Managers are searching the county for producers for the new M5 service station, which is being built in anticipation of a June 2014 opening.

The £40million Gloucester Services is looking for at least 60 producers, supplying anything from pies to ice cream and milk. The development, between M5 Junctions 11a and 12, is being built by the Westmorland family which owns and runs Tebay services on the M6 in Cumbria. The drivers’ rest-haven is the brainchild of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and Westmorland.

So far, the team has paid visits to Winstone’s Ice Cream, which has been in the same family since the 1920s, as well as Jess’s Ladies organic milk based at Hardwicke Farm. Their next stop was to Hobbs House Bakery and Butchery in Nailsworth.

Claire Logan-Stephens, from Gloucester Services, said research had been going on for the past six months and it would be looking to sign up suppliers towards the end of the year.

She said: "We are working through a database of 140 producers. We are already bowled over with the amount of talented food and drink producers and suppliers within our search area. All our food is cooked fresh on the premises, often using traditional local recipes."

Pictured: The new service station between junctions 11 and 12 on the M5.

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