The 2018 Great Taste Awards have been announced and we’ve added another 17 stars to our 65-star-strong trophy cabinet meaning we’ve achieved an outstanding number of 82 stars since we first entered our ingredients just six years ago.
Since 1994, producers have been entering their goods to be judged by a panel of more than 500 food lovers and international industry professionals including chefs, restauranteurs and writers who benchmark the ingredients based on taste and their position within the retail environment.
This year more than 12,366 products were entered and put to the test during the 3 month process of fastidious blind tastings across the London base and Dorset HQ.
We sent a selection of our oils, vinegars and culinary pastes to be judged at the Dorset branch and, more than 50% of our ingredients were awarded a star rating.
Our Spanish Apple Vinegar won the prestigious 3* accolade that’s awarded to fewer than 2 products in every 100 entries. The fruity, golden vinegar is made from apple juice and produced with a 19th century German technique called the Schützenbach method which helps to maintain and develop subtle flavours that are often lost. The Guild of Fine Foods, the independent body behind the awards, believe that you ‘shouldn’t leave a shop without buying’ these 3* products.
We also won three coveted 2* accolades for our ‘outstanding’ brand new vegan pesto, our Instagram-able (and delicious) Italian Purple Pesto and golden saffron. The Vegan Rose Harissa Pesto is a rich blend of our signature (rose harissa) paste and sun dried tomatoes that culminates with a distinct but not overpowering heat. The Italian Purple Pesto is an earthy alternative made with beetroot and purple basil and, our golden category 1 threads of saffron from La Mancha are harvested by hand and dried to give a rich colour with an earthy flavour and hint of sweetness.
Only approximately 25% of entrants qualify for the 1* rating that classifies ingredients as food that delivers fantastic flavour and that are, quite simply, delicious. This year we’re adding eight new products to our expanding list:
Our resident innovation chef Henry Russell says: “I was lucky enough to be invited to take part in the London judging panel and was overwhelmed by the diversity of products on offer. The overall standard was extremely high however, I’m not surprised that our ingredients were listed amongst the stars as we really do work with the best suppliers who share our core values and in turn, we’re able to produce ingredients that truly are a cut above the rest.
More products available on the website soon!