Yoghurt, ice-cream and gin up for awards

A bottle of Hepple Gin.
A bottle of Hepple Gin.

Three Northumberland products from two local producers have reached the finals of the delicious. Produce Awards 2017.

For the second year, delicious. magazine is running its Produce Awards, which put Britain’s top producers centre-stage.

Jackie Maxwell of Doddington Dairy

Jackie Maxwell of Doddington Dairy

The winning products and producers are announced in the glossy food magazine’s October 2017 issue and will then be featured throughout the year.

Among the eight North East finalists, with a total of 11 products, are Doddington Dairy, for its Raspberry Fruity Bottom Yogurt and Heather Honey Ice Cream, and the Moorland Spirit Company’s Hepple Gin.

The regional judges were Jane Thornber, general manager at award-winning farm shop Fodder; lecturer and broadcaster, Annie Stirk; and soup producer and founder of Yorkshire Provender, Belinda Williams.

The regional finalists will be judged at the national final in London in July by some of the top names in the food industry.

Editor Karen Barnes said: “delicious. magazine has a huge, loyal following of food-loving fans and these awards build on our heritage as a publication dedicated to great-tasting food.

“We want to celebrate producers and artisans who are committed to quality and heritage.

“We aim to give a voice to the quiet heroes of the food world – the protectors of provenance and shepherds of sustainability.”

delicious. is delighted to have the home appliance company, Fisher & Paykel, as sponsors of the Produce Awards for the second year.

Visit deliciousmagazine.co.uk/produceawards