Traditional foods thriving as Great Taste 2015 results go live
The highly anticipated results of Great Taste 2015 have gone live with some 31% of the 10,000 food and drink products entered claiming a one-, two-, or three-star award.
There was a strong showing from traditional foods such as artisan dairy products, fresh meat and cider at the UK industry’s longest running food awards scheme, organised by the Guild of Fine Food.
Within half an hour of the online result portal opening, more than 2,450 entrants from all over the globe had logged in to discover the fate of their products and read judges’ feedback.
A team of more than 400 judges helped to assess the 10,000 entries across 49 judging days with an end result of 2,382 one-stars, 597 two-stars and just 130 of the highest accolade, a three-star award.
“Looking at the results, there’s a clear theme of a return to simple and traditional artisan foods,” said Guild of Fine Food MD John Farrand. “We’re seeing a resurgence of products like artisan butters as well as the continued rise of fresh meat, craft beers and ciders.”
After the initial flurry of results, the Guild is due to announce the 2015 list of Top 50 Foods, chosen from the three-star winners, on Wednesday August 5. The results of the Golden Forks – the major regional, national and category trophies – will be unveiled at a gala dinner on September 7, along with the Supreme Champion.
The number of three-stars was down from last year’s figure of 153, which Farrand said demonstrated the rigorous nature of Great Taste’s judging process.
“This year’s lower total of three-stars, combined with the fact that only 31% of entrants actually receive an award, demonstrates just how robust Great Taste’s judging methods are,” he said.
He added that the number of three-star products from certain regions had gone up, citing Wales as an example.
Regardless of this year’s statistics, Farrand said that Great Taste 2015’s results should inject some much needed positivity into the sector.
“The food industry has had it tough of late – from shopping bag charges and minimum wage increases through to allergen labelling requirements and the never-ending saga of business rates,” he said.
“In light of that, it’s time for some good news. These results of Great Taste 2015 are not only a pat on the back for the many artisan producers striving hard out there but also a fillip to sales at independent retailers across the UK and beyond.”
A full list of results will be published shortly on www.greattasteawards.co.uk