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Melton Mowbray Pork Pie announced as 2014 Soil Association Organic Awards Finalist

Published Monday, 1st September 2014 vote for us image

Leicestershire-based Brockleby’s has been selected as a top 10 finalist in the prestigious 2014 Soil Association Organic Awards.

Their Organic Melton Mowbray Pork Pie has been selected as finalist in the Fresh Food category.

This year sees the inclusion of an online consumer vote, where the public will be able to vote for their favourites in each category throughout Organic September – a month long celebration of all things organic, led by the Soil Association. 

Voting will open on the Soil Association website on Monday 1 September and will end on Tuesday 30 September. The winners will then be awarded at an exclusive ceremony, as part of the Soil Association Annual Conference on Wednesday 8 October 2014.

Our Organic Melton Mowbray Pork Pie is hand produced in our small bakery at Asfordby Hill, Melton Mowbray. True to the original recipe it is just pork, salt and white pepper, encased in hot water pastry with a generous helping of jelly made from the Organic pig’s  trotters

Previously known as the Organic Food Awards, the awards – sponsored by Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative, OMSCo, and O’live house – have been showcasing the best in organic for 28 years. 2014 saw an expanded range of categories for the first time so that organic fashion, restaurants, health and beauty products and even holidays can be recognised. 

Initial shortlisting for each category was undertaken by panel of well-respected and high profile judges including Radio 4’s Sheila Dillion; organic beauty brand founder and TV personality, Jo Wood; Liz Earle, ethical entrepreneur, writer, presenter & organic farmer;  and Daily Telegraph writer, Xanthe Clay [3]. This year the judges based their decisions not only the quality of the product, but the organic story behind it –  such as how the business and product went the extra mile in animal welfare, protecting the environment and wildlife, promoting health and serving the community. 

We’re delighted to be shortlisted for the 2014 Organic Awards and have our commitment not only to organic recognised but also to the world famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pie.

Helen Browning, chief executive of the Soil Association said: “This year’s Organic Awards are so exciting – a wonderful opportunity for such a wide range of businesses to tell the public how they are organic champions  and I am delighted that the public get to have the final say on the overall winners.

“The awards are therefore a great opportunity for not only the products and businesses themselves to be recognised and celebrated, but also the passion and creativity of the people behind them who care so much about what they do.” 

2013 was the first year that the organic sector has seen growth since 2008, with organic sales growing 2.8% and four out of five households now buying organic products [4]. 

For press enquiries, please contact:

  • Sarah Weston, Press Office Manager – 0117 914 2448/ 07827 925380 – sweston@soilassociation.org 
  • Hayley Coristine, Digital Communications and Press Officer – 0117 314 5170 – hcoristine@soilassociation.org 

Organic September is led by the Soil Association. For more information about activities and events taking place throughout the month and how you can get involved, please visit: www.soilassociation.org/organicseptember 

The full list of judges is:

  • Rosie Boycott, journalist
  • Xanthe Clay, Daily Telegraph writer
  • Mark Diacono, founder of Otter Farm 
  • Ed Dowding, founder of Foodtrade.com
  • Liz Earle, ethical entrepreneur, writer, presenter & organic farmer
  • Josh Eggleton, Michelin-starred chef
  • Oliver Heath, Sustainable architectural & interior designer, TV presenter and writer
  • Sophie Mather, Director of Biov8tion – sustainable innovation in fashion textiles
  • Wendy Shand, founder of Tots to Travel and author
  • Tristram Stuart, author and food waste campaigner
  • Jo Wood, organic beauty brand founder and TV personality

About Us

Brockleby's are farmers and pie makers from Leicestershire. We promote and sell our  pies at Farmers Markets, shows, events and via selected stockist throughout the UK 

The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by farmers, scientists, doctors and nutritionists to promote the connection between the health of the soil, food, animals, people and the environment. Today the Soil Association is the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. To find out more, visit www.soilassociation.org.

OMSCo (Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative) is the largest and longest established organic milk supplier in the UK, with a turnover last year of £90m. OMSCo is farmer-owned and farmer-run, with 200 farmer members up and down the country. Our farmers are passionate about and proud to produce over two thirds of the UK's organic milk. We are committed to driving the awareness and consumption of British organic milk and dairy produce both in our businesses in the UK and abroad. OMSCo celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and the values which united its founder members are as ingrained in the cooperative today as they were then. http://www.omsco.co.uk/

O’live house, part of the G’s Fresh brand, are passionate about fresh organic food. We have been farming organically for 16 years and have been committed to the benefits of looking after the environment around us for as long as we can remember. We are enthusiastic about bringing you outstanding quality and freshness in every bite. We select only the best for you and your family. http://www.gs-fresh.com