A Dorset food company has won Supplier of the Year at a national award ceremony. The prestigious awards organised by the Farm Retail Association (FRA) crowned The Flying Fork in Bridport after impressing judges.
The awards highlight farm retailers across the county and are the only awards judged by fellow farm retailers. The FRA was formed in 1979 to support the industry and celebrate the best farm shops, farm cafés and restaurants, farmers’ markets and trade suppliers.
Judges were impressed by the enthusiasm and friendliness of Edward Berry, director at The Flying Fork and said they would be “extremely likely” to use his services. The Flying Fork is an independent Food and Retail consultancy for independent food retailers, farm shops, delis and food producers .
The independent consultancy was highlighted for being the go-to supplier to help businesses that are new to the industry. The full entry on the FRA website reads: “Judges were impressed by Edward who was enthusiastic, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They said they would be extremely likely to use his services to help get a business off the ground.”
The Flying Fork were joint winners of the Supplier of the Year award with Malcolm Scott Consultants who are based in Worcester.
There are eight main award categories that celebrates farms and farmers across different sectors. These are:
- Café/Restaurant of the Year
- Small Shop of the Year
- Rising Star of the Year
- Large Farm Shop of the Year
- Farmers Market of the Year
- Supplier of the Year
- Pick Your Own of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement Award
The FRA posted a Twitter update congratulating The Flying Fork, which prompted director Edward Berry to comment and show his gratitude for the award. In a Tweet, he wrote: “Very proud to have been given this award. Thank you to the judges and my wonderful clients – am honoured to help and work in this exciting industry.”
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