A number of co-operatives have received Great Taste Awards for their products.
Dale Farm, owned by 1,300 farmers in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, scooped six awards.
The Great Taste Awards saw more than 10,000 products judged, with more than 3,500 given a rating from one to three stars. Dale Farm gained one star for its Rowan Glen Salted Butter, Loseley Salted Butter, Spelga 0% Fat Greek Frozen Yogurt Mixed Berries and Fivemiletown Boilie Goats Cheese Barrel products. Dale Farm Cottage Cheese and Rowan Glen Reduced Fat Creme Fraiche received two and three stars, respectively.
Dairy co-op Arla Foods received one star for its Anchor Mature cheddar cheese, and awards for the Asda Extra Special cheeses it produces (Mature Red Fox, Blue Stilton and St Endellion Cornish Brie).
Meet the winners
Coffee co-op Revolver has been recognised for the second year in a row.
Last year, its Arabica Brazil Micro Lot coffee was awarded one star. This year, its Fairtrade Ethiopia Yirgacheffe coffee was recognised, and the Brazilian coffee won again.
Of the Ethiopian coffee, the judges said: We really like this coffee… it has an immediate nutty refreshing flavour… a well-balanced coffee, well made and we unanimously and immediately agreed it deserves one star”
John Boyle, chair of Revolver, said: “It’s the people behind the scenes who make the magic happen, the credit goes to the farmers and their co-operatives who deeply care about the product and our
co-operative colleagues in stores, who make everything simple for shoppers.”
Spain’s Olivarera La Purisima was granted a two-star rating for its virgin oil, El Empiedro.