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Winning ways, a raft of hopefuls and wine fit for the Queen

Date Published: 16/08/2012

Boy, have our licensees been busy securing recognition for their work! We’ve been inundated with award wins and high-profile nominations for more awards that they’ve been garnering all over the place.

Grumpy Mule's award-winning Organic Bolivia Coffee, Cafe Femenina
Grumpy Mule Organic Bolivia Coffee, Cafe Femenina

The first congratulations have to go to Grumpy Mule Distinctive Coffees which swept the board with its products at the Great Taste Awards 2012.

The Holmfirth, West Yorkshire-based business scooped ten accolades, including a coveted 3 Star Gold and six 2 Star Gold awards. Four of the haul were for its organic range, certified by OF&G. You can check out their full list of achievements here.

Ian Balmforth, owner of Grumpy Mule & Bolling Coffee, said: “We are delighted with these awards as they not only represent the hard work and dedication of our team at the Roastery but also the exceptional quality of coffee produced by our partners across the globe. This is the second year that an organic Café Femenino coffee from South America has won 2 Star Gold, so we’re really happy for the farmers there too.”

Now for an impressive list of national award nominees. The shortlist for the 2012 Farmers Weekly Awards has been revealed and we were absolutely delighted to see that of the three finalists for Sheep Farmer of the Year, two were OF&G licensees. Then we discovered that the same thing was happening in the Poultry Farmer of the Year category!

You can read all about them on the Farmers Weekly pages. For sheep we have Duncan Nelless, of Thistleyhaugh Farm, Northumberland, and Charley and Andrea Walker, of Barnside Farm in the Scottish Borders.

Then in poultry, we have Gordon Whiteford, of Highland Eggs, Ardersier, Inverness, and Mark Gorton and David Garner, of Traditional Norfolk Poultry, of Attleborough, Norfolk.

Obviously that gives an organic farm a really good chance of being the winner in one, if not both, categories and that’s to be warmly welcomed. We wish all of them the best of luck!

But it doesn’t even stop there. Henry Edmunds, of Cholderton Estate, in Wiltshire, is also in the frame for a national title, having been shortlisted for the RSPBs’ Nature of Farming Award. You can read about that online too, by following this link, and in this case you can add your vote, so please do consider backing Henry, for whom our fingers are also crossed.

And in a final flourish that’s not an award win, strictly speaking, but is at least as good as one, OF&G-certified Albury Organic Vineyard, just outside Guildford, found that its first wine had been selected for the honour of being served to the royal party on Her Majesty’s barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, during the river pageant for the Queen’s Jubilee. Now that’s quite something! Read more about it on the vineyard’s blog, here.