Fine Farm Produce Awards success stories
Since their inception in 2006, the Fine Farm Produce Awards have meant a lot to those producers who have been lucky enough to receive this industry recognised stamp of approval.
The Awards provide an endorsement for all their hard work, and there's a rigorous testing process which not only includes a taste test but also assesses their farming and production methods.
Our Head of Food and Farming Rob Macklin says: 'We first came up with the idea of the awards to help our farmers become more competitive and to give them a marketing advantage when looking for new routes to market.
'The judging process provides them with constructive criticism and ideas for any further product improvement if needed, and the awards themselves are an opportunity to meet other winners from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the opportunity to share ideas.'
There have been some real success stories over the past decade including:
- Westerham Brewery in Kent. They now print the awards logo on the neck of their different award-winning beers and last year they sold 81,000 bottles
- F Conisbee and Son, based in Surrey, find the awards for their turkeys particularly important for Christmas trade
- Ashclyst Farm Dairy, in Devon, has seen the win help directly with sales of their milk, cream and yoghurt
- Ardress – Canned Bramley apples, from Northern Ireland is now an award-winning ingredient for all apple pies served in National Trust cafés and restaurants everywhere
- Ochr Cefn Isa, based in the foothills of Snowdonia, produce award-winning eggs and now supply National Trust properties across North Wales
- Dolaucothi Lamb, based in South Wales, sell their award-winning lamb into selected Sainsbury’s supermarkets