Scarlett & Mustard’s Ruddock among the winners at Investec awards
Scarlett & Mustard co-founder Sandy Ruddock was among the small food and drink producers to win an award in the inaugural Investec Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year competition.
Ruddock, named Best Newcomer at a ceremony at the House of Commons last week, set up the company in her family kitchen in Suffolk during early 2012 and has seen it gain listings with more than 500 retailers and expand its range to 24 products.
The Scarlett & Mustard line-up includes dressings, oils, marinades and a range of fruit curds.
A judging panel that included Lord Bilimoria of Cobra Beer, Julian Metcalfe of Pret a Manger and Sahar Hashemi of Coffee Republic decided the winners.
The founder of online coffee company Pact, Stephen Rapoport, was named overall winner of the competition.
Among the other people to win awards were the founder of preserve-maker Rubies in the Rubble, Jenny Dawson (Best Young Entrepreneur) and Sarah Dunning (Best Retail Entrepreneur, £20m+ turnover) chief executive of Westmorland, which runs the acclaimed Tebay and Gloucester Services.
Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy was highly commended in the smaller retailer category.
As well as a roster of winners, the awards organisers also listed made a Ones To Watch list of producers and retailers, including Tom Little of Tom’s Pies, Ross Bearman from Ross & Ross Foods, Lynne Malinson of Country Puddings, Charlie Beldam of rapeseed oil producer Cotswold Gold and Tom Warner from Warner Edwards Distillery.
For a full list of winners, visit www.investecfoodanddrinkentrerpeneuroftheyear.com