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Business / Chutney lands Great Taste award

A BEETROOT chutney has become the latest Shetland product to receive a coveted Great Taste award.

The chutney, made by Mackenzie’s Farm Shop and Cafe in Cunningsburgh, has received a one-star award from the food and drink body.

Owner Hazel Mackenzie said: “We’d never entered the Great Taste Awards before but our customers love our beetroot chutney and we decided to have a go.

“Our produce is now available online and we are shipping it all over.

“This award will add value to our business and will open new doors to us. We plan to hold tasting events in the near future and our jams, chutney’s and preserves cook, Donella, will be on hand to hear customers ideas.”

This year 208 products were awarded a three-star rating, while 1,326 received a two-star and 3,409 were awarded a one-star accolade.

Thule Ventus, a local company that specialises in dried fish, landed a one-star award last year.

Shetland Sea Salt was also given a one-star rating in 2017, while in recent years Lerwick Brewery, Shetlandeli and The Shetland Distillery Company have also picked up Great Taste accolades.

Great Taste was established in 1994 and it “encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands”.

This year it was judged by a panel of over 500 people, from food critics, chefs, cooks and restaurateurs to buyers, retailers, producers and journalists.