Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 05-02-2019

Efforts underway to find forward thinking food producers

by TH

Efforts underway to find forward thinking food producers

Efforts are underway to find the Isle of Man’s most forward-thinking food, farming and fishing producers.

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Food, Farming and Fishing Awards which are supported by Shoprite.

Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Geoffrey Boot says: "In line with our Island’s status as a UNESCO world biosphere region, the government is actively encouraging economic expansion, diversification, innovation and care for the land, and these annual awards support this.

"DEFA launched the Food Matters strategy in 2014 with the aim of growing the Island’s food and drink sector.

"Since then we have supported a large number of businesses on the Island and seen the sector’s economic value increase from £75m in 2014 to £100m at the end of 2018.

"The awards recognise those working hard in this vibrant, challenging industry, and contribute to a culture where local food and drink is regarded as part and parcel of the Island’s national identity."

The awards will be judged by the Minister, Shoprite, industry representatives and DEFA officers.

The winners will be announced on August 9th at the Royal Manx Agricultural Show – they’ll receive £300 in Shoprite vouchers, trophies and certificates.

Amanda Noble, Marketing Manager of Shoprite, says: "Our customers demand high quality, local, produce and the awards honour the best of those who supply these.

"Supporting local produce benefits our economy and provides long-term sustainability and traceability in our food supply."

"The awards recognise those working hard in this vibrant, challenging industry, and contribute to a culture where local food and drink is regarded as part and parcel of the Island’s national identity."

Geoffrey Boot, Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister

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