Double win for Huntly Herbs at BOOM Awards 2021
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A LOCAL producer has won two prizes at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.
Huntly Herbs picked up the Best of Organic Storecupboard – Jams and Spreads and Overall Best of Organic Storecupboard awards for their hot lemon relish at the Best of the Organic Market (BOOM) Awards 2021.
The UK's only organic awards ceremony was held on July 8.
Huntly Herbs' hot lemon relish was deemed the best in the category after a rigorous taste test conducted by three esteemed food professionals in May.
The awards, run by leading organic certifier Soil Association Certification in partnership with online retailer Ocado, celebrated those who are working hard to produce certified organic food and drink.
Anna Wilson of Huntly Herbs said: “Winning these awards is fantastic for us.
"Even just winning in the jams and spreads section was really exciting for us as such a small company, but when the judge announced that we had won the overall category of Best of Organic Storecupboard we couldn't believe it.
"We work really hard to make the highest quality preserves so this impartial recognition that our product was the best tasting is a great reward for all that work.
"The judges praised not only the flavour but the texture of the relish, which makes all the hand-chopping of lemons worthwhile!
"We’re proud to work in ways that support nature and the environment and we know in the past 12 months or so, this has become more and more important to our customers.”
Soil Association Certification business development manager Clare McDermott added: “The return of the BOOM awards in 2021 has landed at a time when the organic market is thriving.
"It’s clear that habits made in last year’s first lockdown – for example the demand for organic veg and fruit box schemes soaring, people increasingly choosing to shop in their local independent retailers or buying direct online for choice – have stuck.
"Despite that, the past year has been uncertain for organic food and drink producers, given the complexities of Brexit and levels of uncertainty it has caused, so celebrating this year’s winners – and all the wonderful finalists – feels even more special."