Soil Association Organic Winners
It's the academy awards of the organic industry in the UK: the Soil Association Organic Food Awards and the winners are an impressive group of businesses which meet the highest ethical and environmental standards in their foods and products. As always they are an eclectic mix of people who came to the organic movement from different routes but are all committed to delicious and healthy food.
Judges Bakery, owned by the former owners of Green & Black chocolate, won for the best macaroon. Hobbs House Bakery won for their Wild White bread. Hobbs House is a family business, with members of three generations still currently working there. Claybrooke Mill, the only commercially working water mill in Leicestershire, still milling most days using water power, won for their muesli. Ben's Hens was set up on Summerhill Farm in Devon last October and won for best eggs. The flock of 200 Black Rock Hens (pictured) are truly free range and spend most of their time outdoors. They also won for best pea and mint soup.
Rhug Estate,one of the largest organic farms in Wales, covering about 2,500 acres, won for best pork. Aspall Cyder Vinegar won, made by a family that has been in the business on the same farm since 1702 in Suffolk. Woodlands Farm won for pointed cabbage.
Asda (Walmart in the UK) won for its green tea: "a delicate hint of lemon and mountain spring, leaving you thirsty for more. A treat for green tea aficionados." Vintage Roots, an organic wine maker,won for their Sparkling Wine: "Bright and apply, yeasty palate, good cava." HiPP Organic for Apple and Raspberry Smoothie.
For beer and cider: Black Isle Brewery, describing themselves as "a small intensely independent organic brewery in the heart of the Scottish Highlands" won for their Yellowhammer Beer: "Seductive honeycomb and beeswax scent and taste. Very fine floral palette with a fine faintly muscat scented finish. Admirable and unusual level of complexity, lots of well balanced different notes." :: Soil Association
More on the Soil Association Awards
:: Judges Bakery
:: Soil Association Head Patrick Holden
:: Organic Products Awards