An online grocer that supplied turkeys, geese and other foods direct from the farm to consumers has gone bust a week before Christmas.
Farmdrop, which employed more than 200 and had over 10,000 regular customers, said in a statement on its website and to customers that it had “exhausted all possible options” to secure to support and capital it needed to continue and would make its final deliveries on 16 December.
Customers took to social media to express concern about Christmas orders they had already paid for but would no longer receive, while farmers said they had also been left in an uncertain position.
Egg producer New McDonalds Farm said on Twitter it had been left with 280 boxes of organic eggs that had been destined for Farmdrop, and was offering them for sale at a heavy discount. “Please spare a thought for many producers left out of pocket at an already tough time during the pandemic, and their poor staff left jobless the week before Christmas,” the company wrote.
Poultry producer Fosse Meadows Farm, which supplied turkeys and ducks to Farmdrop has also been left out of pocket, after making deliveries to the firm just days before it closed down. It has advertised extended farm gate opening hours for customers who want to buy meat direct.
Goodman’s Geese and Walters Turkeys were other poultry suppliers to the company.