MARMALADE made in East Down is set to grace the shelves of the UK’s most prestigious department store after it won multiple food awards.
Cranfields’ Foods blood orange marmalade won three gold star awards at the Great Taste Awards in London.
The judges were so impressed with the flavour of the marmalade, that after a second tasting, they included it in the Top 50 Products list.
Judges commented that the marmalade was a “great balance of sweet and bitter notes, an intense orange flavour and a deep, rich colour”.
As a result of making it on to the list, Cranfields was given a listing in Harrods in Knightsbridge, London, for three marmalades and three preserves.
The famous department store has put in an order for blood orange, pink grapefruit and hot orange marmalades, and damson, gooseberry and elderflower, and rhubarb and ginger jams.
Victoria Cranfield, chief cook and bottle washer at the company, said being given the listing proves the sort of influence awards can have on a business.
She said: “We are chuffed to bits. It’s great to have the awards on the products’ labels so that new customers will see that other people have enjoyed the product.
“The blood oranges this year were truly bloody and less sweet than in previous years, perfect for marmalade.
“But you never know how its going to go on the day, and whether or not the judge will have a really sweet tooth or not.”
Cranfields gained a total of five Gold Awards this year, including awards for their seville, grapefruit and mint marmalades, making it their most successful year yet. “We are so pleased the judges were impressed with the outcome, we are thrilled,” said Victoria.