Kent Crisps and Kentish Oils won “Product / Producer of the Year” at Kent Life and Kent on Sunday’s Food and Drink Awards.
The prestigious awards were held on Monday 16th October at the Ashford International. Launched in 2013, the awards are designed to champion, highlight and offer a showcase to the good and the great from the region’s food and drink industry, including local producers and suppliers, small farming businesses, chefs, restaurants, pubs and hoteliers.
Laura Bounds, Owner and Managing Director of Kent Crisps and Kentish Oils said:
“Winning this prestigious award really is recognition to all the hard work we put in to doing what we love. I believe we won due to our passion for promoting Kent as a tourist destination and the work we do to partner with other producers to create our range of crisp flavours and condiments.”
The company are proud to ‘fly the flag” for the county by supplying products to eleven countries around the world as well as supplying some of the world’s most favourite airlines. They have a strong focus on provenance, traceability and quality is at the heart of everything they do. All of Kent Crisps and Kentish Oils ranges are Red Tractor Certified.
Kent Crisps and Kentish Oils are no strangers to winning awards. This year alone they have already won two “Great Taste Awards” for their salad dressing product Raspberry vinaigrette and Smoked Chipotle Chilli Flavour Crisps. At last year’s the “Taste of Kent Awards” they won Producer of the Year.
Philip Orrell Head of PR at Hadlow College was the category judge, he commented:
“The standard of the finalists in this year’s Producer of the Year category was extremely high, so for Kent Crisps and Kentish Oils to be selected against such talented competition is testament to the superb quality of their products, commitment to supporting local producers and sheer hard work in developing the business.
“Laura and her team are positively evangelical about the products, conveying an infectious passion for what they do and an admirably restless need to develop new flavours in their ever-expanding range – which all tastes fantastic. “I loved their strong branding and the idea of provenance and local sourcing running through everything: from the Kent scenery on their crisp packets promoting the county as a visitor destination to the involvement of local producers in their flavouring.
“What clinched the decision for me was the hugely impressive work they are doing to grow the business and brand: expanding into international markets, securing key accounts with P&O, Waitrose and Southern Co-Op, winning multiple airline contracts and supplying around 90% of the farm shops in the county. “They’ve put a lot of love and care into crafting an outstanding product range and are a hugely deserving winner.”
The company’s products are constantly evolving and they will soon be launching a new flavour to their extensive crisp range.