Cotswold Fayre and Partridges Announce Support for New Producer Awards

19 May 2017, 11:03 AM
  • Figures of the fine food industry have thrown their weight behind Speciality Food's New Producer Awards, with wholesaler Cotswold Fayre announced as one of the awards' sponsors and judges, and MD of Partridges, John Shepherd, unveiled as the chair of judges
Cotswold Fayre and Partridges Announce Support for New Producer Awards

The New Producer Awards, run in association with Bread & Butter, aim to shine a spotlight on new producers that are exemplary within their field, and offer promotional support both within the magazine and online as well as the opportunity to get exciting new products in front of some of the highest-regarded professionals – including renowned retailers, distributors, consultants and magazine editors – in the fine food industry.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony taking place on Friday 6th October 2017 at the Bread & Butter Festival, held at the Institute of Directors in London.
Paul Hargreaves, chief executive at Cotswold Fayre said, “We are putting our name to the Sustainable Business Award category of the New Producer Awards. There is a lot of work to do within the speciality food world on developing more sustainable businesses. By providing a consolidation service, we as a wholesaler are part of a drive towards more efficient and sustainable supply chains. However, there is much work to be done and we want to support any businesses developing within this area.

“The New Producer Awards can benefit start-ups by the publicity that is gained through entering, and maybe winning an award, but perhaps most importantly, providing an opportunity to network within the sector. Drawing knowledge from those that have been around the block a few times could stop them making the same mistakes we have!”

John Shepherd, chair of judges said, “I decided to get involved in the New Producer Awards because it is a great way to support the success and achievements of the food and drink start-up community – who are all heroes by definition. It will also highlight a lot of new products that otherwise may go unnoticed. It is particularly good to see that one of the categories is Sustainable Business, which will become of increasing importance to all new producers going forward.

“I believe that the New Producer Awards can benefit start-up companies in a number of ways. It will create awareness of a growing new business sector, generate publicity for up-and-coming brands and increase confidence to those who have had little recognition for their work. Good food shops need good new producers.”

Holly Shackleton, editor of Speciality Food said, ”I’m delighted to have these fine food heavyweights on board – it only goes to show how much this industry needs to celebrate and support start-ups.”

To enter the New Producer Awards, fill in the online form at

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