THE HEAD­LINE SPON­SOR

EDP Norfolk - - Food & Drink -

EAST OF ENG­LAND CO-OP Roger Grosvenor, joint chief ex­ec­u­tive: “The East of Eng­land Co-op has proudly served lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties across Norfolk, Suffolk, Es­sex and Cam­bridgeshir­e for over 150 years. To­day they have over 230 branches across the re­gion, in­clud­ing food stores, fu­neral ser­vices, phar­macy, op­ti­cal and travel ser­vices, petrol fore­courts, stone­ma­sonry and a prop­erty di­vi­sion.

“We’re in­cred­i­bly proud to once again sup­port these awards that cel­e­brate our tal­ented network of restau­rants, re­tail­ers, chefs and pro­duc­ers who each share a com­mon goal with us, of mak­ing great lo­cal food, drink and hos­pi­tal­ity avail­able to those who live in and visit Norfolk.

“We’ve been cel­e­brat­ing lo­cal pro­duce in our stores each day, for a decade, through our own award-win­ning Sourced Lo­cally ini­tia­tive, work­ing with over 100 pro­duc­ers to bring thou­sands of prod­ucts to our shelves.

“East Anglia as a re­gion is renowned for pro­duc­ing great tast­ing food and drink, with high qual­ity hos­pi­tal­ity to match.

“From ce­real crops, fruit and veg­eta­bles, to rear­ing live­stock and catch­ing seafood off its iconic coast­line, Norfolk is home to some of the best pro­duc­ers in the UK, as well as many ded­i­cated and tal­ented chefs. Com­bine this with wel­com­ing ar­ray of ho­tels, pubs, restau­rants and cafes, you can be sure of a culi­nary treat, all topped off with great ser­vice.

“This is the fourth year that we’ve sup­ported the awards as head­line spon­sor. We’re al­ways ex­cited to see who has been nom­i­nated, from those who have ded­i­cated a life­time to their trade to new faces tak­ing their first steps into the in­dus­try.

“As with ev­ery year, what re­ally shines through is peo­ple’s gen­uine pride and pas­sion in what they do and mak­ing a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence through food and drink.

“From speak­ing with our own lo­cal pro­duc­ers, we know that re­ceiv­ing thanks from their cus­tomers is hugely im­por­tant in giv­ing them the drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion to keep do­ing what they’re do­ing and gives them the con­fi­dence to push for­ward and grow their busi­nesses.

“As a cus­tomer or busi­ness, what bet­ter way to say thank you for the hard­work­ing, ded­i­cated peo­ple work­ing in the back­ground to bring us the pro­duce we en­joy, and pro­vide the ser­vice that makes din­ing out a true ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Roger Grosvenor, joint chief ex­ec­u­tive, East of Eng­land Co-op

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