Great Taste, the world's most trusted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2020. Out of 12,777 products sent in from 106 different countries, St Helen's Farm was awarded six great taste awards with products dubbed 'beyond delicious'.
St Helen's Farm was awarded two 2-star Great Taste awards for our blossom honey goats' yogurt and goats’ butter. Judges marvelled at the wonderful balance of sweetness together with the beautifully fresh and creamy taste of our blossom honey goats' milk yogurt. Our gently churned goats' butter was recognised as 'a product produced with skill and love that is very enjoyable and tasty'.
Our whole goats' milk and skimmed goats' milk were recognised with 1-star Great Taste awards with judges describing 'creamy milk with a satisfying consistency, fairly rich with a clean finish. A short-lived taste, but good everyday milk'. We wholeheartedly agree with judges’ comments that our wonderfully gentle goats' milk is perfect for enjoying every day.
1-star Great Taste awards were also given to our mild goats' cheese and natural yogurt. Judges remarked that our mild goats’ cheese 'is mild but packs a tangy goat milk hit that makes you want to go back for more'. While judges described our natural yogurt as 'unctuous, full in the mouth and creamy. It somehow managed to feel rich and clean at the same time'.
Judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and journalists, Great Taste is the most trusted of all food and drink awards. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to an outstanding product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting.
This year's winners have been found through a combination of remote judging and socially distanced judging sessions, after the lockdown began just one week into the schedule. This necessitated a swift and comprehensive reinvention of the Great Taste process to ensure that robust judging standards were maintained, and the quality of feedback was not compromised.
Paul Dunlea, Operations Manager at St Helen's Farm, explains “The Great Taste awards are a real testament to the incredible work of our close-knit team and their continued focus on producing great-tasting products of the highest quality.
“From Great Taste awards to Red Tractor assured, we are proud of all the achievements of our business, our products and our people. We're reflecting on just how fantastic our colleagues at St Helen's Farm have been during this strange and challenging time. They've gone above and beyond to make sure we can safely provide millions of our delicious – and for some, essential – products, just as we normally would.”
Recognised as a stamp of excellence, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is cake, coffee, kippers or kombucha being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.
There were 12,777 entries into Great Taste this year. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking, Anna Jones, celebrated Spanish chef, José Pizarro, Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom, food writer and cook, Xanthe Clay, and baker and author, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Waitrose.