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Local Food Centre wins Britains Best Food Hall award

Local Food Centre wins Britains Best Food Hall award
A Shropshire food producer and retailer has won a prestigious national award. 2014 is the first year that William Reed Business Media have run The Farm Shop & Deli Awards and today it announced the twelve category winners in this year’s awards.The categories range from best butcher to best online food business with hundreds of businesses throughout the UK entering.

Shropshire’s Ludlow Food Centre picked up the title of Britain’s Best food Hall beating off stiff competition from Suffolk Food Hall and Fodder in Harrogate. 

The Food Centre opened in 2007 and brought an entirely new concept to the world of farm shops and food halls.  Surrounding its 4000 square foot food hall it has eight production kitchens with glass windows.  These kitchens employ local people to hand make everything from cheese to bread and jam to pies. 

Managing Director, Edward Berry says
'We are overjoyed to win such a prestigious award.  Being recognised amongst the calibre of competition in the Food Hall category is both exciting and humbling.  The dedication of our staff for the last seven years has helped us establish a business that our customers enjoy shopping in and that we are proud to be part of.’

The production kitchens at the Food Centre boast Britain’s Best Blue Cheese called Remembered Hills which is made by dairy team Dudley Martin and Paul Bedford using milk from the Centre’s own cows.  Butchery Manager, John Brereton, has won national awards for his butchery skills with lamb and pork and also with products such as Beetroot Bacon, a favourite of celebrity chef Simon Rimmer on Channel 4s Sunday Brunch.

The Food Centre was named the Farm Retail Association’s Farm Shop Of The Year in 2013 and seems to be going from strength to strength picking up this latest accolade for 2014. 

Mr Berry adds
‘This marks a fantastic start to what we hope will be a great year for Ludlow Food Centre.  Our aim for 2014 is to continue to produce award winning food for our customers and to be best in our field.’

As part of the Earl of Plymouth Estate just outside the foodie town of Ludlow the Centre is part of a group of businesses including the Clive Hotel, cafe/restaurant Ludlow Kitchen and The Plant Centre. The Food Centre now employs over 100 local people and offers apprenticeships to young, ambitious foodies who want to start a career in the food industry.

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