Country Puddings recognised as a ‘Food Star’
Country Puddings has been recognised as a ‘Food Star’. Fifty of the country’s most promising food and drink entrepreneurs were recognised as “Food Stars” for their contribution to the UK’s growing economy. Country Puddings, based near Penrith was selected from hundreds of award-winning businesses and invited to Downing Street for the launch of the scheme.
The revival of UK food and drink, particularly in Cumbria has seen a new generation of entrepreneurs emerge, whose innovative ideas and can-do attitude are creating jobs in local communities and contributing to the record £103 billion generated by the food industry last year. The first initiative of its kind, Food Stars is part of a wider government drive to inspire entrepreneurial activity across the UK as part of our long-term economic plan.
Lynne Mallinson, Managing Director of Country Puddings visited Downing Street in March for the launch and met leading figures in retail and food including Justin King, former CEO of Sainsbury’s, and Dame Fiona Kendrick, CEO of Nestle UK and Ireland.
“I was delighted to be selected as a Food Star and it came as a complete surprise. At Country Puddings we work very hard to ensure we produce delicious puddings, using local ingredients that are made by a small team in Cumbria. We have high standards and processes and it was fantastic that this has been recognised by the government. We are proud we have played such a strong role in the UK and local economy.”
Along with the other 50 Food Stars’ Lynne attended master classes on topics from exporting through to social media, and receives a package of continued support from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Cranfield University over the next year. This includes a tailored information service and access to a range of events and development opportunities in agriculture and food, the environment, management and leadership.
Launching the Food Stars network, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said:
“We are a nation of firsts; we invented self-raising flour and introduced the first modern chocolate bar. As a country we’ve always been a place where sparky entrepreneurs come up with great innovations in food and drink, people with the ambition to grow and take on the world.
Now is the time to celebrate that success which is helping grow our economy – that is why we’ve created Food Stars to recognise the bright innovators of today and support them to become the major players of tomorrow.”
Food and farming remains the biggest manufacturing sector in Britain, employing 1 in 8 people. There is no better time to join the growing number of innovators in food and drink – in 2013 entrepreneurs set up 30,000 new food and drink businesses generating thousands of jobs in the sector.
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Priti Patel, said:
“These are exciting times for the UK food and drink industry, as British brands have never been stronger worldwide. Now is the time to take advantage of the opportunity to create some world-class products that will compete on an international level and create jobs and growth for the UK in the process”.
Country Puddings have gone from strength to strength over the years and continue to grow. In 2014 they received orders from two new customers. Retail giant Ocado, who are the largest online food retailer in the world, bought 13 lines from the pudding manufacturer. Online orders are doing well it also gives Country Puddings the opportunity to sell their puddings via the internet, which they’ve not been able to do in the past. They also took orders off Wholefood Market; an American supermarket chain who specialise in organic food who have 9 stores throughout the south of England and Scotland.
You can find out more about the awards and Country Puddings at www.countrypuddings.co.uk