The food research and training charity IGD have announced a double win for the West Country by selecting us, and our neighbours Thatchers Cider, as winners in their prestigious national awards.

We always knew the West Country offered something special when it comes to producing great tasting, authentic food and drink but these awards are in recognition of going even further. Our ‘100% Green’ sustainability plan formed the basis of our win as we were praised for our integrated green approach using renewable energy, water recovery, green farming and transport. We’ve always felt privileged to be able to call Somerset our ‘home’ so working with nature to reduce our carbon footprint and become 100% self-sufficient with our own energy makes total sense; we can protect our home environment and create a sustainable business just by harnessing solar and biogas. Thank you Mother Nature!

Just like us, Thatchers Cider is a family run Somerset based company with a wonderful history; to stand side by side as winners in this award calls for a celebration; cheese and cider anyone?

Well this is exciting news – we have been selected as the National Champion in the European Business Awards, in the Environmental and Corporate Sustainability category. Wow. We weren’t expecting that!

Our 100% green strategy has attracted a fair amount of wonderful attention here in the UK but to receive European recognition is a real testament to the team all based here in Somerset who have been committed to achieving the 100% self sufficient status. Our integrated green approach runs through renewable energy, water recovery, green farming and transport and all of our energy is generated from solar and biogas.

We like to say that our cheddar is ‘made from nature by nature’ because that’s exactly what’s happening here as we turn our farm waste into energy that goes on to power the fridges to keep the milk cool, the cheese production process, the cheese maturing store and even the vehicles moving around the farm.

As a National Champion we will now go on to represent the UK in the next phase of the competition. The awards this year have so far attracted over 32,000 businesses in 33 countries and the received over 170,000 votes from the general public.

Such a wonderful responsibility to have bestowed, but now it’s time to get our heads down and focus on the next stage which will include a video entry for public vote.  Watch this space!

In November we will be at the Ideal Home Christmas Fair. This year the show promises everything you need for the ideal Christmas all under one roof.

There’s a Christmas gift and decorations area as well as outside living, technology, interiors and home design.  A healthy appetite will follow if you manage to get around all of that so why not come and see us in the food arena.

The show is running from the 25 – 29th November at Olympia London – see you there!

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