More Rumours About Pembrokeshire Produce Direct

30 Jan

Well my grapevine is still rather busy of the topic of PPD and I can understand why.

I’ve nothing ‘official’ on this, but I’ve been told by a couple of producers that PPD are now no longer holding stock. It appears that when a customer places an order, the relevant producers are then told. One producer was given an order for just three items and expected to deliver that to PPD in Narbeth, Pembrokeshire. So logistically, how can this work as a business? Firstly for the producer and also for the customer?

Customers are supposed to place their orders by 9.00am on Tuesday for delivery on that Thursday. PPD state that they deliver throughout Pembrokeshire and now also Carmarthen and the surrounding area. I’m not sure how many vans PPD have on the road, but that’s quite a large area to cover on a Thursday, IF they have a lot of deliveries. But I’m still puzzled as to how delivering an order of three items can be cost-effective for producers, can anyone clarify and help me here as I struggle to see how PDD operates. Actually I’m still waiting to find someone that uses PPD!

I’ve just been on PPD’s website and looked down the list of producers. I note some of our Best Of Welsh & Borders  producers there, so hopefully I’ll get some further updates soon. But I was astounded to find listed amongst the producers, Haverfordwest Male Voice Choir – why would they be included in a producers’ list? I know that choir produces a superb sound, but rather puzzled about what food they might supply……..

I cannot believe that with a business set up as this is, that an up-to-date website isn’t a priority. So if that’s the reality, why is PPD’s website so out-of-date?


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  1. food producer

    January 31, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Pull the plug on this before it gets even more embarrassing and even more money is wasted.
    I live in Pembrokeshire but this was an ill thought out scheme and it’s only the bosses at PPD that have made any money
    PCC have a lot to answer for too. What a council

  2. give up

    January 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Give up on this – someone please have the sense to call it a day
    Proud to live in Pembrokeshire, don’t be silly, I am more ashamed, actually that’s more more honest

  3. Pemb girl

    February 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Plug the plug guys and let’s end this.
    I love my county, but not some of the things that have been going on.
    PPD, Bluestone and now Haverfordwest market is so dreadful.
    What has gone wrong with Haverfordwest market, it used to be one of the best, and now traders are pulling out fast and the quality in my view is not as good. I don’t do it now as I can’t make money. Shops by the river and as the town goes down the market is hit. What a sorry statement to make.
    What is happening with food in Pembs?
    What’s our food officer doing to make the market work again?
    What’s the next food plan for Pembrokeshire?
    Not something as silly as PPD again.
    I really hope not. This shambles will take long enough to live down.

  4. Trev

    February 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Are there producers making any money from ppd?
    My mates who have gone with this lot aren’t, not that there are many of them
    But if now they aren’t holding any stock, then it puts more pressure on those supplying. How can ppd actually offer the few cusotmers they have got any sort of service?
    this situation is a shambles and was ill-thought out.

  5. Pem girl

    February 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    This project has been a disaster and should never have been funded.
    Who is making money here apart from the staff?
    I want nothing to do with this and don’t feel they should get any more funding
    PCC should pull the plug now and swallow what little pride Pembs. has left.

  6. Poor Pembs

    February 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I think this scheme has done nothing for the county, apart from making us a laughing stock. What are our food team doing about this, putting more time into PPD and letting Haverforwest market die a death?
    It has been money wasted at a time when those in charge should be looking after every penny. PCC you are not doing your job for us.
    This PPD scheme should be stopped now before more negative news leaks out.
    No-one has said how many salaries are going out and what they are. Bet they are way above min. wage.

  7. cheesy

    February 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Pity PPD have not given an update on their staff numbers and salaries and how much time PPC are giving them.
    Stop this scheme now before Pembs. is tarnished further.
    I’m not proud to live in this county. We are a laughing stock in Wales.
    I’m not impressed with our Pembs. powers-that-be or wag.

  8. Horrified

    February 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I’d read all of this about PPD and I’m horrified that my council has allowed this project to go ahead in the first place. And more so as time has gone and they are in the red, why are PCC are allowing it to continue?
    Is it just because it’s mostly european money that they allow it to go on?
    It was a ill-thought out plan and our council lets us down again, just like they did with Bluestone.
    We’ll never find out how much time and money PCC have put in, but we should have a right to know.
    And I’m still waiting to know how many staff and the wage bill for PPD is. I’m sure there will be no minimum wage there.
    PCC should direct their energies to Haverfordwest market and do some promotion on that as it’s gone down so much. It’s not a proud flag for Pembrokeshire to fly any longer.

  9. Interested

    June 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    What is the latest with PPD following on from a recent meeting that was called?!

  10. admin

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I’ve been told that an EGM was held about two weeks ago
    various rumours have reached me too but nothing I’m very happy or confident to quote but have done a brief post today
    waiting for a producer/s to send me through some minutes or latest accounts but they are not being very speedy about it!!!!

  11. Sue Murfin

    October 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I am a very satisfied user of PPD and would be extremely sorry to see it disappear. Food quality is excellent and stuff comes from places I wouldn’t go to just for one product eg Narberth for bacon, Tenby for fish – and I don’t know anywhere else locally that sells duck eggs. It isn’t in competition with the farmers market as far as I’m concerned – not everyone can get to town on Friday mornings – and anyway there is a lot less choice there, though what there is is good.

    Shops closing isn’t down to PPD – its happening all over the country, let alone the county. And why on earth shouldn’t PPD include the Male Voice? It produces good music and its inclusion hurts nobody.

    I’m amazed that nobody appears to be supporting them. i certainly am.