Six food and drink producers for East of England Co-op are in-line to win the society’s Producer of the Year award.
Public voting has opened for the shortlisted businesses, which were judged on their achievements in innovation, reduction of carbon and staff development.
- Ken Green Fish of Clacton – producers of smoked and frozen fish,
- Fairfields Farm of Wormingford – growers and producers of crisps and potatoes,
- Norfolk Brewhouse of Fakenham – brewers of Moongazer real ales and Norfolk lager,
- Cornerways of Stokes Ferry, Kings Lynn – growers of tomatoes,
- Taste of Suffolk of Bury St Edmunds – producers of fresh sausages and cooked meats
- Hadleigh Maid of Hadleigh – walnut & mallow whirls, selection boxes and easter eggs
Kevin Warden, the co-operative’s local sourcing manager, said: “Our six producers showcase the fantastic array of outstanding food and drink from East Anglia. Now we’re calling on our members and customers to get voting and tell us which great-tasting local products they’ve most enjoyed this year.“
The business in each county that secures the most votes will be crowned county champion. Each will then face a prestigious panel of judges who will select the overall Producer of The Year. The winners will be announced at a Sourced Locally supper to be held at Wherstead Park, Ipswich on 19 March.
Since 2007 the East of England Co-op has put £25 million back into the regional economy, creating over 400 local jobs and protecting many more. In almost five years, its Sourced Locally range has grown from a few suppliers to over 140 bringing over 2,400 local products into stores – demonstrating just how important local suppliers and the Sourced Locally brand are to the Society, its members and customers.
• To vote, visit: www.eastofengland.coop/2015producer