Every year, Taste of the West organises its annual award ceremony lunch celebrating the finest food and producers within the South West region. For the last few years, Agrantec has sponsored a category within the awards, and I have had the privilege to rub shoulders with the greats.
A tough competition where 230 judges analyse 1100 food and drink products from across the South West, Taste of the West is the largest independent regional food group in the UK and we are very proud to be associated with them.
This year we sponsored the category, ‘Champion Ready Meals, Soups and Light Eats’ where the wonderful Bini from the Bini Fine Foods took away the prize for her Classic Chicken Curry. The other two finalists from our category included Jay and Will at Hill side Foods with their Mature Cheddar Cheese Nibbles, and Dan at the Traditional Free Range Egg Co with his Waddling Free- Free Range Duck eggs.
The award ceremony lunch itself was no simple affair. Held at the ‘Great Hall of Exeter University’, the menu was designed and created by the team of award winning chefs from the University; and was attended by 600 guests including food producers, top retailers, restauranteurs, food writers, buyers and leading chefs from across the region.
Each year I find more categories are added to the running order which to me is an example of our industries commitment to high standards and good practices; and a moment of real pride was to see our own client, Capreolus Fine Foods take home the Champion in Cured Meats award.
These businesses are a testimony that with commitment and hard-work you can achieve great things no matter how humble your beginning. On my drive home, I wondered what was next for these businesses as they soak in their victories.
As businesses grow so do their requirements from data to supply chain management, time is limited and the fear of misplacing vital information- very real! This is where I think we at Agrantec can step in. I believe we have the solution to help empower these businesses to future proof themselves and ensure they stay on track with the latest in technology.
Adrian Talbot, Business Development Director
Adrian Talbot holds extensive software sales and leadership experience at Agrantec. His ability to customise and seek the best fit for businesses ensures customers receive the perfect solution to their operational problems. With an eye for opportunity, Adrian directs sales strategy and drives revenue for the company.
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