About Us

Independent, ethical and bursting with the best produce to be found in the city, Beanies has proudly served Sheffield for over 30 years.

Our Shop

Beanies is open seven days a week. Our shop is bright, spacious and accessible, with a customer car park and toilet facilities.

Fresh and bursting with colour, the grocery offers organic and non-organic fruit and vegetables, with a huge range of seasonal and specialist produce. We have the biggest independent organic veg section in the region and we work closely with local organic growers to ensure the freshest produce every day.

All our stock is vegan or vegetarian and we prioritise organic and Fairtrade products. We have fresh bread and pastries every day alongside a huge selection of wholefoods, frozen and chilled produce, snacks and store-cupboard favourites.

Our household and beauty section includes zero waste refills for home and body, bath and beauty products, eco-friendly cleaning, locally made scented candles, gifts, coffee gear, packed-lunch essentials and reusable alternatives to many household basics (straws, cotton swabs and more!). We also sell cards, traditional giftwrap and reusable alternatives.

We work closely with small suppliers and we’re proud stockists of some of the region’s most exciting new products, from vegan truffle bars to zero waste laundry liquid made in Yorkshire. We’re always looking for new things to try, and we carefully test everything we stock to ensure its quality.

Friendly, helpful and much-loved in the community, Beanies is one of the city’s greatest success stories. 

Our Values

From humble beginnings in Hillsborough, via a converted terrace in Walkley and on to our beautiful new premises at 1 Barber Road, Beanies has flourished. We’re a thriving collective that’s fundamentally about fairness. Fairness to animals, the environment, future generations and to the people here now: customers, workers and producers all over the world. No volunteers and no shareholders – a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and a fair price for everyone.

We carefully vet the ethical credentials of everything we stock, and we work hard to support local suppliers, resulting in lower miles and a healthier regional economy.

Plant based

Beanies is an entirely vegetarian shop. Anything you pick from the shelves here has been carefully checked for vegetarian standards, and most of our stock is vegan. All Beanies co-op members are vegetarian or vegan, and we’re always happy to offer advice and ideas if you need any help!

Organic

Organic produce is grown without the use of artificial fertilisers or pesticides. Organic is better for the environment because it leads to greater soil health and biodiversity. It’s better for you, because there’s a lower risk of chemical nasties making it to your plate. And because we handle this stuff day in day out, it’s very obvious to us that for freshness, variety, flavour and all-around goodness, organic produce can’t be beaten.

Beanies holds organic certification from the Soil Association. This is a rigorous accreditation process which guarantees that when you buy organic produce from us it has met the Soil Association organic standards.

Speciality Foods

We stock a wide variety of exciting speciality foods that you won’t find anywhere else in Sheffield. We sell many alternative food products for people with dairy, gluten and wheat intolerances as well as other specialist diets.

We also carry a range of unusual ingredients such as vital wheat gluten, coconut aminos, rice flour, different rices, grains, flour and spices!

Worker’s Co-Operative

Beanies is a registered Workers Co-operative. This means that we are owned and run by our members. We are all responsible for the business and we all have an equal voice.

The shop is our livelihood – and we all care passionately about providing the best possible service and value to our customers.

All our full time staff are company directors. We share the risks, responsibilities and management of the business equally. We meet regularly to make decisions together. As we have grown our members have become more specialised, with different areas of expertise. These roles are all equally important and we all get paid the same rate.

We are proud to be a co-op. The way that we run our business reflects the business itself – with ethical, social and environmental issues at our heart. Co-ops are resilient, dynamic and fulfilling places to work. Over the last few years, the things we have achieved have really highlighted how effective co-operative working can be. We have moved to a brand new premises after 30+ years, grown our veg box and grocery delivery scheme, and responded successfully to the Covid-19 crisis.

Recycling

We recycle everything we can including paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and Tetra Pak.

The boxes for our organic delivery scheme are re-used many times.

We’ve never offered plastic carrier bags, but we always have a cardboard box if you need one, or you can buy a re-usable cloth bag at an affordable price.

We work with local charities who are able to make use of produce and stock that is past its best.

Any wastage from the vegetable shop is taken by our grower Matt at Sheffield Organic Growers and turned into compost. He uses this to grow organic fruits and veggies that we sell in the shop!

Who we work with

Beanies is an important part of the Sheffield food ecosystem.

We all know about the enormous amount of wastage that occurs across the food supply chain, from fresh produce being discarded because it’s slightly misshapen to supermarkets sending perfectly usable “out of date” food to landfill.

To minimise our food waste, we work with a number of brilliant Sheffield-based social enterprises: Foodhall, The Archer Project, The Food Works, and Open Kitchen Social Club.

In September 2021, Beanies staff members ran the Sheffield half marathon, raising over £1500 for the Refugee Council Allotment in Roe Woods.