Essex Life - - FOOD & DRINK -

Judges: David Burch and Si­mon Gotelee Spon­sored by: Mr.Wheeler Wine Cel­lar Highly Com­mended: Lil­lyPuds, Chelms­ford Highly Com­mended: The Olive Branch, Wiven­hoe

Win­ner: Brad­fields Farm Dairy, North Ben­fleet

What the judges said:

The business man­aged to break even well be­fore its business plan and has plugged it­self into the lo­cal farm shop net­work. It was im­pres­sive to see their de­ter­mi­na­tion to save one of the county’s last seven dairy farms and all the team had an un­der­stated pas­sion. There are in­no­va­tions too, with a coin op­er­ated shop, a pro­file at lo­cal mar­kets and prod­uct de­vel­op­ments in­clud­ing new cheeses and crème fraiche.

What the win­ner said:

It means the world to us to win this award. We are re­ally pleased, it has just been a mas­sive change for us and a real chal­lenge to take on this new business. This award and recog­ni­tion re­ally en­dorses that we have made the right de­ci­sion. Hope­fully we will get some great pub­lic­ity from this.

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