Rain

Rain

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Free range egg firm and pesto producer named as food award finalists

Havensfield Eggs is in the running for the East of England Co-op�s Producer of the Year 2018. Picture: EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP

Havensfield Eggs is in the running for the East of England Co-op�s Producer of the Year 2018. Picture: EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP

Archant

A free range egg company and a handmade sauce producer are in the running for an annual award.

Purely Pesto is in the running for the East of England Co-op�s Producer of the Year 2018. Picture: EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP Purely Pesto is in the running for the East of England Co-op�s Producer of the Year 2018. Picture: EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP

Suffolk producers Havensfield Eggs and Purely Pesto will compete for votes against other regional firms in the East of England Co-op’s Producer of the Year Awards 2018.

Throughout January, Co-op members and customers are being asked to back their local producers as part of the annual competition in its sixth year.

Also shortlisted are Gnaw Chocolate and Buxton Potatoes, in Norfolk, and Wicks Manor (pork products) and Ken Green Fish Merchants, in Essex.

Three county champions will be selected from the region, before a panel of food and farming experts visit each in February to choose a winner announced at the Co-op’s ‘supplier supper’ in March.

Havensfield Eggs is in the running for the East of England Co-op�s Producer of the Year 2018. Picture: EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP Havensfield Eggs is in the running for the East of England Co-op�s Producer of the Year 2018. Picture: EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP

Joint chief executive Roger Grosvenor said: “Food provenance is incredibly important to the East of England Co-op and we are proud to stock hundreds of fantastic producers from across the region as part of our Sourced Locally campaign.

“I would like to urge everyone to take two minutes to vote and show your support for some of Suffolk’s best-loved food businesses.”

Fiona Brice, who runs Havensfield Eggs with husband Alaistaire, swears by her motto that “a Havensfield happy hen equals an excellent egg”.

She said: “Here at Havensfield Eggs, high standards are at the forefront of everything we do.

Purely Pesto is in the running for the East of England Co-op�s Producer of the Year 2018. Picture: EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP Purely Pesto is in the running for the East of England Co-op�s Producer of the Year 2018. Picture: EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP

“The welfare of the chickens is paramount to us, they are part of our family and here, both the chicken and the egg come first.”

Gavin Battle, of Purely Pesto, which also produces hummus, soups and dips, said: “At Purely Pesto we are proud to say that we source all our ingredients locally, with basil leaves from Essex, peashoots nurtured in Norfolk, rapeseed oil from Hillfarm, in Halesworth, and most recently, wild garlic for our new wild garlic pesto, foraged in Suffolk.”

More than 19,000 votes were cast in 2017, when Coggeshall’s Great Tilkey Honey won the award.

Michael Coe, who set up the firm with wife Deborah, said: “Producer of the Year promotes the best food suppliers in East Anglia and I encourage the public to vote for their favourite.”

Michael Coe, of Great Tilkey Honey, named the East of England Co-op’s Producer of the Year 2017. Picture: EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP Michael Coe, of Great Tilkey Honey, named the East of England Co-op’s Producer of the Year 2017. Picture: EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP

Votes can be cast online and in stores. Everyone who votes will be entered into a draw for £150 of shopping vouchers.

To find out more, visit eastofengland.coop/poty2018.

The region’s mental health trust has pledged to eradicate the use of out of area beds by 2021.

An Ipswich resident whose 
street was targeted by car vandals says she has found it hard to sleep through fear they will return.

The jury in the trial of four men accused of murdering father-of-five Dean Stansby has been hearing how evidence was collected during the investigation.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, and Chief Constable Gareth Wilson are staging a series of public meetings across the county through the coming months – and are encouraging Suffolk residents to attend.

Violent crime rose almost a third in Suffolk last year, according to latest figures.

An Ipswich man was banned from driving when he ploughed a BMW into a tree leaving his wife with possible life-long injuries.

Kare Plus had their new branch on Queen’s Street opened by Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber on Wednesday afternoon.

The incident took place on Wellington Street, near Norwich Road, this afternoon.

Average speed cameras are now operating on both lanes of the A14 Orwell after a camera was finally replaced – four months after it was damaged in an accident.

Just short of 100 Ipswich locals are set to come together this weekend to “finish” the London Marathon in memory of 29-year-old Matt Campbell, who collapsed on Sunday with 3.7 miles left to run.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24