Devon’s rising starts of food and drink recognised by Government
Seven South-West firms – including two from Devon – have made the list of the UK’s 50 most promising food and drink entrepreneurs to be recognised as Food Stars in a new government initiative.
The South-West’s Food Stars, carefully selected from hundreds of award-winning businesses, range from Friary Liqueurs luxury meads, vodkas and liqueurs, to Moorish’s Smoked Humous and artisan dips.
The revival of UK food and drink has seen a new generation of entrepreneurs emerge in the South West, whose innovative ideas and can-do attitude are creating jobs in local communities and contributing to the record £103 billion generated by the UK food chain last year.
Leading figures in retail and food—including Justin King, former CEO of Sainsbury’s, and Dame Fiona Kendrick, CEO of Nestle UK and Ireland—will launched the Food Stars scheme to help the winners grow their businesses and get more of their produce on supermarket shelves and dinner tables in the UK and across the world.
Totnes-based Moorish produces award-winning smoked humous and other dips using ingredients that are gently and naturally cold smoked in Britain.
Founder Julie Waddell said: “I am thrilled to be recognised by the Government as a UK Food Star. Britain is a real place of opportunity for entrepreneurs; food is a great way to make something from nothing, delighting customers and adding to the country’s economy with capital and jobs.
“Being a Food Star will enable Moorish to keep on our stellar trajectory of growth in the UK and overseas.”
Food and farming remains the biggest manufacturing sector in Britain, employing 1 in 8 people. In 2013 entrepreneurs set up 30,000 new food and drink businesses generating thousands of jobs in the sector.
The industry’s continual innovation is bringing 16,000 new products to the market each year—more than France and Germany combined. Our 50 Food Stars are helping to grow this sector even further.
Exports of UK food and drink are also booming with almost £19 billion worth shipped to more than 150 countries in 2013. Since 2010 the UK government has opened more than 600 new international markets supporting more businesses to sell their produce abroad.
The South West’s Food Stars are:
· Bath Soft Cheese, Kelston
· Camel Valley Vineyard, Bodmin
· Friary Liqueurs, Frome
· Moorish, Totnes
· Pilton Cider, Pilton
· The Artisan Kitchen, Gloucester
(from a press release)