Record-breaking performance for Manx Food & Drink IndustryThis year’s Great Taste Awards were once again the showcase for a record-breaking performance by the Manx food and drink industry.
The awards, which are known as the ‘Oscars’ of the food and drink industry, saw the highest ever number of the Island’s products recognised for their quality, with 73 products winning awards in 2018, up from 56 last year.
The Great Taste Awards, running since 1994, are described as the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for fine food and drink, and are judged in a series of blind-taste tests by a panel of leading food critics, writers, chefs, restaurateurs and fine food retailers. This year, a total of 18 well known Manx producers were recognised in the Awards, with two - Berries Luxury Pudding Makers and Close Leece Farm - winning the highest accolade, the 'three-star' award which signifies a product the judges describe as ‘exquisite’.
Throughout the British Isles, 12,634 products were submitted – the highest number ever.
Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, was delighted at the Isle of Man’s performance at the Awards. He said: ‘At the Great Taste Awards all products are judged on taste alone by some of the most knowledgeable and respected individuals in the food and drink industry. Gaining an award is a superb accomplishment and an accolade of which all the winners should be extremely proud.
‘That the Isle of Man has achieved so many awards for such a diverse range of products is testament to the quality and constant innovation of our food and drink producers. And it is evidence of the continuing investment the Man Government makes in our food and drink industry.’
All winning producers can now display the Great Taste logo, with 1-, 2- or 3- stars, on their award-winning products and in their marketing and promotions.