Celebrating Great Taste

Bite Network members celebrate Great Taste awards success!

Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, each year, the Great Taste Awards acknowledges the hard work and dedication of some of the UK’s best food and drink producers. This year, 500 of the most demanding palates assembled to scrutinise the produce, blind taste-testing in teams of 3 or 4 and analysing the texture, appearance, quality of ingredients, aroma and, most importantly, the TASTE of more than 12,000 submitted entries.

Bite Network members enjoy success at the Great Taste Awards

Considered to be the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for fine food and drink, this year, ONLY 35% of the 12,366 products actually received a Great Taste accreditation and were awarded a rating, as follows.

3 Stars: exquisite! wow! taste that!
2 Stars: outstanding!
1 Star: simply delicious!

Lancashire Chocolatier Choc Amor picks up three Great Taste Awards
Clitheroe based Exchange Coffee scoops two Great Taste Awards
Cumbria based Kin Vodka gets Great Taste accreditation
A three star Great Taste Award for Lancashire Cheese producer, Mrs Kirkham's

Becoming a Great Taste Award recipient is certainly no mean feat, regardless of the ranking, and less than 200 products from the whole of the North West received an accreditation in this year’s awards. Among North West recipients were:

Kin Vodka – Toffee Vodka (1 Star)
Lakeland Mues – The Artman Classic Muesli (2 Stars)
Friendly Food and Drink – various Beverages and Preserves (1 Star)
Wm Nelstrop & Co Ltd – Maltflake Flour (2 Star)
Ollie’s Orchard – Jonagold Cheshire Apple Juice (2 Star)
Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheese – (3 Star)
Crave – Karen’s Spicy Chicken & Mushroom Pie (2 Star)
Choc Amor (Chocolatier) – Turkish Charm, Salt Liquorice, Kalamata Olive Oil (1 Star each)
Exchange Coffee – Brazil Fazenda Progresso (2 Star)

It goes without saying, receiving such an acknowledgement is extremely valuable to our producers as it differentiates their products from the norm and means you, as the customer, have a guarantee that the products you buy have a reliable seal of approval based upon GREAT TASTE and not only good marketing. So, when you’re next out shopping, please look out for the Great Taste logo and give some of this excellent local produce a try.

You can learn about more the awards and our regional winners by visiting: greattasteawards.co.uk