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News in September 2014 from Uig Lodge

09

Sep 2014

Uig Lodge Smoked Salmon wins golden fork at Great Taste!!

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Uig Lodge Smoked Salmon wins Speciality Producer of the Year at the Great Taste Awards

https://finefoodworld.co.uk/awards/great-taste-awards/

On 8th September at a nail-biting awards’ dinner at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, Uig Lodge Smoked Salmon came away with one of the major national awards. They were presented with a Golden Fork trophy, winning Speciality Producer of the Year. This was in recognition for their consistent excellence having been awarded 3 gold stars for their smoked salmon and shortlisted to the top 50 foods for the second year in a row and third time in four years.

Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, members of the Women’s Institute, farmers and a host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. When a product wears a Great Taste label it carries a badge of honour but more importantly, the Great Taste logo is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product – and hundreds of judges have worked hard to discover the very best through hours and hours of blind-tasting a total of 10,000 different foods and drink.      

Commenting on their award, managing director Dickon Green said “it is hugely exciting that Uig Lodge has won a major national award for the very first time. My father and uncle set up the Uig Lodge smokery 30 years ago with the help of my grandfather, so this award means a lot to our family and serves as a great testament to the skill and dedication of the entire Uig team, past and present.  It will provide a perfect springboard to enhance our profile in the years ahead and also help to further highlight the great food and drink that the Hebrides has to offer.”

The Guild of Fine Food award’s scheme provides winning producers with an excellent platform to reach more customers and provides industry-respected and acknowledged PR and marketing opportunities. Any company that earns a gold star is safe in the knowledge that they have indeed produced something very special.

Great Taste is simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging. Judges are presented with a slice of smoked salmon, spoonful of jam, a pie, a slice of salami, or a cup of espresso, with no wrappings, jars or marks – and they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decision on whether a product should be a 1-, 2- or 3-star winner. In total more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.

This year a massive 10,000 products entered into Great Taste and of those products, 153 have been awarded 3-star. A panel of supremely talented judges including; Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Champion, BBC Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon, Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, MasterChef 2013 Natalie Coleman, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets, and chefs including Michelin Star chef Russell Brown have together re-judged and tasted yet again the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2014 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners as well as the new 2014 Supreme Champion.

Date: 9th September 2014

For more information: Dickon Green, Uig Lodge Smoked Salmon, 01851 672 396, dickon@uiglodge.co.uk

The Great Taste Awards Press Enquiries:

Joanne Myram: joanne@positivepr.co.uk Telephone: +44 (0)1935 389497