Meet Our Sponsor
Tour de Bristol has been sponsored by Total Bristol since 2016. Ahead of the ride, we spoke to Regional Director Nick Matthews to find out a bit more about Total Produce.
1. Tell us more about Total Produce – how long have you been operating in Bristol?
Total Produce is Europe’s premier fresh produce provider. Growing, sourcing, importing, packaging, distributing and marketing over 200 lines of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers, the Total Produce group distributes some 300 million cartons of fresh produce to the retail, wholesale, foodservice and processing sectors across Europe and North America annually.
We have been operating in Bristol since 1957 and now employ over 160 people in our Wholesale and Foodservice businesses based in the Wholesale Fruit Centre in St Phillips Marsh supplying fresh produce daily to customers across the South West www.totalproducelocal.co.uk
2. Why did you want to sponsor the St Peter’s Hospice Tour de Bristol bike ride again in 2017?
We enjoyed the day so much last year that we couldn’t wait to sign up again for 2017. Those of us who took part in the ride had a great day as did those of us who manned the feed stations with some of the amazing volunteers that support the hospice throughout the year. We can’t wait to come back again!
As an employer that has traded in the city since 1957 we feel that it’s always important to give something back to your local community and with St Peter's Hospice having cared for two of our colleagues previously and my wife’s uncle in late 2014 it’s a local charity to which we have very strong links. Our own experiences of the charity make us fully aware of the great work the Hospice carries out and the fact that it’s a local charity supporting local people.
3. What do you hope the bike ride will achieve?
We hope that the bike ride will help raise the profile of St Peter's Hospice, helping to raise more funds at the same time as encouraging people from across Bristol and the surrounding areas to get involved in the event by getting outside, having some fun and enjoying the great open spaces that our great city has to offer.
4. What fruit or vegetable do you think is currently overlooked by most customers?
In the days of food fashions and superfoods I think the humble apple is sometimes overlooked. We are right in the middle of the English apple season and there are some fantastic varieties available right now. Theyr’e a great source of fibre as well as Vitamins A & C and not too high in sugars - so pop one in your lunchbox now!
5. What should our riders be eating prior to the race to give them the most energy?
Any fruit would be a good source of energy before the race but I am sure the favourite is going to be bananas. Not only do they come in their own handy packaging but bananas are packed with natural sugars and starches, providing a mixture of instant and slow release energy.
6. And finally if you could be any fruit what fruit would you be?
I’d probably be a Strawberry as they’re my wife’s favourite…just like me!