Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards

Cornwall has pasties, Lincolnshire has sausages and Yorkshire has rhubarb and while Northamptonshire has no defining product – yet! – it’s still a food and drink force to be reckoned with.

 

Indeed, with delicious cheeses to chocolate, mouth-watering pies to pickles, not to mention thirst-quenching beers, wines and spirits and the hundreds of great pubs, restaurants, cafés and chefs, it surely ranks as Britain’s all-round culinary county.

 

The Mallows Company, through its work with the annual Weetabix Food and Drink Awards, the Made In Northamptonshire (MIN) networking group and its partnership of the county’s promotional tourism campaign, Britain’s Best Surprise, has proudly play an integral role in supporting and promoting a wide range of Northamptonshire food and drink businesses for more than a decade, creating partnerships, encouraging excellence and prompting growth.

 

In addition, its role extends regionally through its work within the FEAST2 (Food Enterprise Advisory Support Team) project, and its seat on the Food and Drink Sector Strategy Board for SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership).

 

For more details on the projects listed below, please click on the relevant link, or get in touch via our ‘Contact’ page:

 

 

Northamptonshire’s food and drink claims to fame:

  • Northamptonshire has twice the national average of producers and manufacturers, whose food output was worth over £600m in 2016 (Source ONS)
  • Weetabix makes 70 million biscuits a week at its Burton Latimer factory – that’s more than 3.5 billion every year – with one box sold every second
  • Warner’s, the internationally award-winning craft gin distillers founded in 2012, started on the family farm in Harrington with just one gin and now proudly produces 8 flavours – including its famous Rhubarb Gin which kick-started the pink gin craze –employs more than 40 people
  • 95% of British householders owns a product containing a herb or spice from Northampton’s British Pepper & Spice
  • Whitworth Bros Ltd, based in Wellingborough, process 1.65 million tonnes of wheat every year, making them the third largest flour miller in Europe
  • Northamptonshire farming produces over 687 million loaves of bread, 32 million litres of vegetable oil, 300 million eggs and employs over 4,000 people (Source NFU)
  • Between 1997 and 2016, output from food and drink manufactures rose on average by 57% across Northamptonshire (Source ONS)
  • Guests at The Ritz and The Savoy tuck into chocolates made in Brackley by Belflair Chocolates
  • Northamptonshire boasts over 20 quality food and drink festivals and fairs throughout the year – attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the county from across the country

 

For more details on the Awards, please visit www.northamptonshirefoodanddrink.co.uk or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and on LinkedIn

 

Owing to the postponement of the 2020/21 Awards launch, prompted by the coronavirus outbreak, the competition is currently focussing on supporting the sector through the crisis and celebrating the amazing work of our many local food heroes. You can follow our regular updates on the social media platforms listed above.

 

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The Mallows Company is the proud organiser of the annual Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards, a competition which celebrates all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector. In the eleven years to date, we have overseen the successful growth of the competition from four categories to eighteen, including ‘Restaurant of the Year’, ‘Booker Young Chef of the Year’ and ‘Weetabix Local Food Hero of the Year’ and secured sustained sponsorship from some of Northamptonshire’s major businesses within the sector, including from our headline sponsor Weetabix as well as Booker, British Pepper & Spice, Dawn Farms, Heygates Flour and Animal Feed and Whitworth Bros. Ltd Flour Millers. We manage every stage of the competition, including:

 

Staging a high-profile launch event, which attract key sponsors and sector supporters

Attracting countywide participation from potential entrants and public engagement through interactive categories

Staging various judging processes including panel sessions, cook-offs and mystery shopping

Securing support from celebrity chefs, food writers and catering companies of national renown

Organising and hosting the end-of-year black tie Awards Dinner for 530+ people

Planning and co-ordinating all press and public relations activity

 

For more details on the Awards, please visit www.northamptonshirefoodanddrink.co.uk or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and on LinkedIn

 

Owing to the postponement of the 2020/21 Awards launch, prompted by the coronavirus outbreak, the competition is currently focussing on supporting the sector through the crisis and celebrating the amazing work of our many local food heroes. You can follow our regular updates on the social media platforms listed above.