- Winner of the Great British Food Awards 2020 – Hand-cut Lime & Laver Marmalade wins Preserve Category
- New export listing at 17 Premium Spinneys stores across UAE, with a further 10 stores in 2021
- Export of products to new Food Hall in Macau
- Great Taste Award for Apricot Conserve
- Perfect score of 20 out of 20 at the 2020 World Marmalade Awards
- Opening of new production unit in Newtown
- Set of Luxury Sweet & Savoury Preserves to be aired on shopping channel, QVC
- New Ecommerce website
During these challenging times for food and drink businesses in Wales, Radnor Preserves, a mid Wales artisan preserves company is expanding, picking up numerous awards and securing export deals in Asia and the Middle East.
Radnor Preserves has been honoured in The Great British Food Awards 2020 for their Hand–Cut Lime & Laver Marmalade. It received the overall winner of the Sweet Preserve Category, judged by food writer and influencer, Rosie Birkett who described the product, “I love the unexpected combination of laver and lime in this beautifully zesty marmalade. The laver brings a beautifully saline, umami note which works in contrast with the sweet, zingy lime. Delicious on generously buttered toast.”
The Great British Food Awards, which was announced recently showcases the finest artisan food and drink from across the British Isles and are judged by a panel of celebrity judges, including The Hairy Bikers, Michel Roux Jr, William Sitwell, and Raymond Blanc.
The Hand-Cut Lime & Laver Marmalade sources its dried Laver seaweed from the Pembrokeshire Beach Company and was created in 2018 to celebrate the Year of the Sea. This Great British Food Awards winner also received a Gold Medal at the World Marmalade Awards in 2018.
Further exciting news for the company, The Great British Food Awards 2020 winning Hand-Cut Lime & Laver Marmalade is amongst eight flavours that will be launched in UAE at 17 Premium Stores of Spinneys, next month. It joins their Hand-Cut Orange & Date Marmalade, a new flavour developed especially for the market; Great Taste Award winners Strawberry & Rose El Hanout Preserve, Raspberry & Crushed Cardamom Preserve, Hand-Cut Radnor Three Fruit Marmalade and Hand-Cut Radnor Classic Seville Orange Marmalade, plus two other favourites Blackberry & Cracked Black Pepper Preserve and Rhubarb & Caramelized Fig Preserve.
Four pallets of marmalades and preserves have been ordered for the launch, and Spinneys will then roll out the range to a further 10 stores across the UAE in early 2021.
The deal was secured having met with the buyer initially at the TasteWales international food and drink trade event, and then again having attended Gulfood, one of the world’s largest food and drink trade events on the Welsh Government Food & Drink Wales stand.
In September, Radnor Preserves also exported two pallets of preserves and marmalades to Macau for a new Food Hall that is launching there as part of a new complex in early 2021.
To keep up with demand, the business has recently moved to larger premises in Newtown.
Commenting Joanna Morgan of Radnor Preserves says; “We’re thrilled to receive these overseas contracts for Spinneys in the Middle East and for the new Food Hall in Macau. It is a fantastic boost of confidence for us.
We’re excited too to move to new premises in order to meet demands of production, and really delighted to win the Preserve Category at the Great British Food Awards. Many customers have written to us to say that our preserves have been a highlight during lockdown and the only thing keeping them going which is the greatest praise of all.”
Following on from the Great British Food Award, earlier this year, Radnor Preserves won another Gold Medal at the World Marmalade Awards 2020, one of the marmalade world’s most prestigious accolades, for its Smoky Bourbon Marmalade, scoring 20 out of 20, the highest marks for its appearance, colour, consistency, aroma and flavour, consolidating their reputation as one of the country’s best marmalade makers and as a leading artisan producer of exquisite hand-made preserves. Last but not least, Radnor Preserves also won a 2020 Great Taste Award for its Apricot Conserve, part of a new range of products that will launch in 2021.
The Great British Food Award Winning Hand-Cut Lime & Laver Marmalade will also feature in a set of Luxury Sweet & Savoury Preserves due to air on QVC in November.
Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, said:
“I would like to congratulate Radnor Preserves on all their achievements this year. They are a company who should be very proud of themselves and an excellent example of the drive and determination they’ve shown.
“It shows that Welsh food and drink businesses can continue to thrive in these challenging times, and we are here to help in any way we can.”
The company, founded by Joanna Morgan in 2010, started making jams and marmalades when she lived in a cottage with no electricity. Such was the subsequent demand to buy her products, she trialled them at local farmers’ markets with great success and now has a reputation for producing exceptional innovative marmalades. Joanna has an all female-team who make each product by hand. All marmalade peel is hand-cut to give a superior flavour. All products are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Radnor Preserves supports local food banks and this year is particularly pleased to be supporting The Marmalade Trust who combats loneliness with gifts of marmalade to their Christmas Hampers.
Radnor Preserves creates many delectable delights, ranging from their stunning gift boxes to Christmas Chutney, made with pomegranates and cranberries, and now available on their new e-commerce website www.radnorpreserves.com.
Stand up for slowing down speed campaign launched
INAPPROPRIATE speed contributes to around 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police, with 15% of collisions resulting in a serious injury and 24% of collisions resulting in fatalities.
Starting on the 26th July, the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) Speed Campaign will kick off across the UK, with GoSafe and the four Welsh Police Forces participating in both engaging with the public about the risks of speeding and enforcing the speed limits on the roads of Wales.
In 2019, 60,073 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued in Wales to drivers/riders for speeding.
Speeding is a major contributing factor to collisions on the roads of Wales. This includes both ‘excessive speed’, where the speed limit is exceeded, as well as driving or riding within the speed limit when this is too fast for the conditions at the time; for example, in poor weather, poor visibility or high pedestrian activity.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, we saw less traffic but higher speeds. Now our restrictions are lifting, traffic volumes are up and as we are holidaying in the UK more, we are seeing more people speeding on the roads in Wales. We want to change this, but can only do that with your help.
Over the next few weeks you will see an increased presence on the road network of Wales as we aim to keep all road users safe and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.
We know that the majority of road users comply with the speed limit; but the minority of those who do not increases the risk to the safety of all road users and need to be educated on the risks to their own safety as well as to the safety of those around them. Throughout this campaign, GoSafe and our partners in the Police and Local Authorities will encourage and educate more people to reduce their speed to save lives.
Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said: “GoSafe enforce at sites across Wales in order to encourage motorists to comply with the speed limits and in turn make our roads and communities safer for everyone. If we all play our part and stand up for slowing down we can make a difference, and we can save lives on the roads of Wales.”
Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change said: “I am very pleased to support this campaign. Driving at high speeds costs lives and a greater police presence on our roads will mean motorists will be more likely to drive within the speed limits, protecting lives and avoiding a speeding fine.”
Cardigan man accused of murder in court
A CARDIGAN man who is accused of stabbing a man to death has appeared in court today (Jul 28).
Ashley Keegan, 22, of Golwyg y Castell, Cardigan, appeared before court via video link where he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.
Swansea crown court heard how Keegan is accused of stabbing 37-year-old John Williams Bell seven times in the back.
Mr Bell’s body was discovered in the early hours of Wednesday Morning, July 21, on the road to Cardigan Bridge.
The court set a provisional trial date for January 3, 2022.
Keegan will remain remanded into custody until the trial.
Suspected drink driver tracked for two miles by police dog
A SUSPECTED drink driver was arrested after a police dog tracked him for two miles along a cycle path.
Dyfed-Powys Police dog Storm and his handler PC Mike Barnsley located the driver following a collision between Bont and Tregaron on Sunday, July 25.
Officers had attended the scene of the collision, discovering that a car had hit a tree and overturned – however, the driver was not present.
PC Barnsley said: “There were concerns that the driver could have been injured due to the significant damage to the car, so a search was immediately launched to find them.
“With PD Storm, I focussed on the cycle path running alongside the road, where Storm picked up a track and followed it for around two miles.
“Local response units accessed the cycle path ahead of us, while another unit searched from the main road along an unclassified road in the same direction.”
PC Barnsley and Storm reported a sighting of a man on the cycle path, and he was stopped and arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
Sergeant David Hawksworth said: “This was an excellent demonstration of teamwork and coordination by officers, whose good local knowledge resulted in the suspect being swiftly found and arrested.”
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