Producer of the Year 2019

Food and drink producers from across the East are set to battle it out in a bid to become 2019’s locally-sourced heroes. A public vote is set to open on 21st January for East of England Co-op customers to back the six finalists in the Producer of the Year competition, now in its seventh year.

The awards are a celebration of produce from across Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk with two companies from each area represented in the shortlist.

Cast your vote

From Monday 21 January to Thursday 21  February 2019, members and customers are able to vote for their favourite producers both online and in East of England Co-op stores. These votes will select the three County Champions, who will then be visited by a panel of food and farming experts who'll select the overall Producer of the Year 2019, to be announced at our annual Supplier Supper in March.

Pick your favourite producers in each county; Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. 

Norfolk

David and Rachel Holliday, The Norfolk Brewhouse

This successful husband and wife team love Norfolk so much they put the county name on every bottle and pint they sell.

Rachel and David are passionate about what they do and believe that local produce, particularly the finest Norfolk Maris Otter Barley, is the key to their success.

Bob Bullock and Neil Bain, Woodfordes Brewery

Based on the beautiful Norfolk broads, Woodfordes is Norfolk’s largest brewery.

Absolutely everything they do, from the water and the yeast to the shape of the vessels they use, contributes to the flavour of their beers.

Suffolk

Vernon Blackmore and Jamie Symons, Choose Spice

This two-man team have created a range of curry pastes inspired by the tastes of South East Asia.

Vernon said: “My mum is Chinese Malaysian and she is a passionate cook and professional chef and I picked that up from her.

Ian Akers and David Wright, The Cake Shop

The Cake Shop has baked using traditional methods handed down over three generations.

The multi-award-winning bakery business has expanded in recent years to increase its wholesale operation and even roast its own coffee.

Essex

Matt Raynor and Karen Potten, Raynors

Innovation is at the forefront of this family-run sandwich business in Chelmsford.

So much so that the company has released a vegan range, aims to be entirely plastic free by Easter 2019 and grows their own vegetables on site to keep their carbon imprint as low as possible.

Pele Heydon and Leah Riley, Thursday Cottage

Nestled in the heart of Tiptree, Thursday Cottage produces delicious jams, marmalades and curds and prides itself on “traditional values and traditional methods” as well as packaging that hasn’t changed in 55 years.

Cast your vote 

From Monday 21 January to Thursday 21 February 2019, members and customers were able to vote for their favourite producers both online and in East of England Co-op stores. These votes will select the three County Champions, who will then be visited by a panel of food and farming experts who'll select the overall Producer of the Year 2019, to be announced at our annual Supplier Supper in March.