The world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, Great Taste, has just released the Great Taste stars of 2015 and Daffodil Foods is amongst the producers celebrating as not one, but two of their products are now able to proudly carry the little gold and black Great Taste logo. Their lemon yogurt gained one star and the Mango and Passion Fruit yogurt gained two stars.
‘As a relatively new business we have not entered the Great Taste Awards before but we were keen to see how our products would compete in an International blind tasting competition. We are absolutely delighted to gain awards for both our Lemon and our Mango & Passion Fruit yogurts from just 25 different yogurts from around the world which gained stars this year. The key to our success is to use the best quality locally sourced milk and cream from North Wales. The feedback from the judges was that we have an excellent yogurt and beautiful combination of flavours so they could barely withhold from polishing off the pot! We will be using the Great Taste logo to highlight these wins to our customers in Asda, Tesco and other independent shops across the region.’ Said Lynne King who founded Daffodil Foods 4 years ago and is originally from Ellesmere.
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with branding and packaging ignored. All products are removed from their wrapper, jar or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.
There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, 130 have been awarded a 3-star, 597 received a 2-star and 2,382 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges included Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, TV presenter and cook, Aggie Mackenzie, Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn, Masterchef the Professionals finalist, Adam Handling, food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer, and chefs including James Golding, Chef Director of The Pig hotel group, who have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2015 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the new 2015 Supreme Champion.