Hawkshead Relish is an artisan producer renowned for its handmade multi award winning preserves and condiments. Based in the heart of the English Lake District in a 16th century farm building, all the preserves are cooked in small batches in traditional open pans. All the ingredients are sourced through local suppliers ensuring quality and consistency.
The range which spans over 130 products, each an individual creation blended and honed with a passion for perfecting flavour combinations that highlight the ingredients. The company is considered a trend leader within the speciality food sector.
All the products are free from Gluten and Nuts, and all are suitable for vegetarians, they also are made without any artificial flavourings, preservatives, colourings and are GM free.
With the S.A.L.S.A accreditation they can supply safely with consumer assurance that all legislative processes are adhered to.
The business was founded by Mark & Maria Whitehead in 1999 when they took over running a small but busy café and restaurant in Hawkshead. Together they created a menu featuring local producers for meats, cheese and vegetables but were unable to find condiments that they were happy to serve, so Mark developed a small range to serve in the café and a few extra to sell retail. The demand for their homemade relishes began to grow. But in February 2001 after a long slow winter disaster struck in the form of Foot & Mouth in the region, visitors were advised to stay away from the countryside and the business took a serious nosedive.
Ever resourceful however, Mark and Maria devised a plan to make more of the Relishes and take them to sell in markets and to delis to try and keep the business afloat, within a few months wholesale orders were flooding in and the following year a host of awards for the preserves proved they were on the right track. In 2001 they won the coveted Great Taste, Producer of the Year Award and to date have secured over 50 Great Taste Awards.
The company sells either direct or through distributors to over 400 independent stores in the UK and some 30 countries worldwide. They do not supply any of the multiple supermarkets.
The pursuit of excellence underlines the essence of Hawkshead Relish, and his is equally matched by the service and consideration offered to partners and customers alike.
Visit Stand 926 for more info.
Tel 015394 36614