The Farm Shop & Deli Awards has announced nine regional winners who showed highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement.
Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall in Penrith picked up the title ‘North West Champion’. The Food Hall is renowned for its quality locally sourced meats and also boasts a well-stocked delicatessen, artisan breads, wine and local ales, and fine produce from over forty Cumbrian producers. In addition to their excellent product range Cranstons entry highlighted the company’s commitment to working with local farmers and producers to showcase the region’s food and drink.
Chair of Judges Nigel Barden said: ‘Elaine Lemm and I have travelled the length and breadth of country, from Northern Ireland to Scotland and right down to the deep depths of the South West, visiting large and small independent speciality retailers to identify our “Regional Champions”.
‘The hours spent on the road have been amply justified as we’ve been lucky enough to meet some hugely driven, focused and talented individuals championing the absolute best in fresh, local produce that the United Kingdom has to offer. They’re huge assets to their regions.’
The announcement was made in association with Olives Et Al and Cranstons and the other 8 regional winners were picked from 300 entrants, with 19 commended.
Managing director of Cranstons and winner of both ‘Butcher of the Year’ and ‘North West Regional Champion’ Philip Cranston said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award, especially given the quality of the competition. Looking through the winners and runners up it is clear that the UK’s independent food sector has a lot to celebrate.’
The national winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 24th March in Birmingham. Several members of the Cranstons team will be travelling down to attend the ceremony.