Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 3°C

ESTD 1874 Search

“Wherstead: Suffolk Salami makers celebrate after scooping East of England Co-op’s coveted Producer of the Year title

09:34 21 March 2014

Lane Farm Country Foods from Brundish, a finalist in the East of Engand Co-op Producer of the Year competition.

Lane Farm Country Foods from Brundish, a finalist in the East of Engand Co-op Producer of the Year competition.

Archant

The makers of Suffolk Salami said they were “gobsmacked” and “lost for words” after scooping the East of England Co-op’s Producer of the Year tonight.

shares
Sue, Ian and Rebecca Whitehead celebrate their successSue, Ian and Rebecca Whitehead celebrate their success

Pig farmers and salami, bacon and pork products makers Ian and Sue Whitehead and daughter, Rebecca, of Lane Farm Country Foods at Brundish, near Framlingham, received the award at the end of a celebration evening at the retail chain’s headquarters at Wherstead Park, Ipswich, attended by its local suppliers.

Guests heard that the chain’s Sourced Locally initiative, started back in 2007, has been a remarkable success which has greatly surpassed the East of England Co-op’s own expectations.

The turnover for its Sourced Locally products in the year to January 2014 exceeded its target by £1million by reaching £12m - a 30% increase on the previous year.

Ian Whitehead said: “We are just gobsmacked really, lost for words. I have to say when we walked into the room tonight it was like walking into a room of friends.”

He added: “Our business would not be here today if it was not for the East of England Co-op and we thank them.”

shares

1 comment

Volunteers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, recovered from the debris of a building that collapsed (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)

The father of a Boxford woman travelling in Nepal managed to contact her this morning, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the Kathmandu valley.

Angel Hall, missing 14-year-old girl from Leiston

A teenager from east Suffolk who was reported missing yesterday morning has been found safe and well.

Fire in Great Yeldham - stock photo

A ground floor flat was heavily smoke logged when fire crews arrived at the scene this afternoon.

Ipswich Crown Court.

A man who was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after footage showed him punching and slapping his two Labradors has had the disqualification reduced from 15 years to 10.

Lowestoft Town centre.

A fire broke out on the ground a semi-detached house on Victoria Road this morning.

Shawn Leek setting out on the first of seven marathons. Today he hopes to complete the challenge

Thousands of runners this morning lined up for the start of the 35th annual London Marathon, each with their own personal goal.

Suffolk Cycle Sportive for St Elizabeth Hospice at Alton Water.

A charity has reported a rise in the number of women joining their annual Suffolk Sportive cycle event in the wake of the high-profile Women Tour passing through the county.

Fans at the Ipswich Town v Nottingham Forest game.

The atmosphere at Portman Road was electric yesterday as fans packed the terraces to see the play-off bound Blues in action against Nottingham Forest.

Bury Fire Station.

Firefighters from the Bury station were called to the fire at The Vinefields after neighbours reported a strong burning smell.

The Mid and West Suffolk Show at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal.

Featuring the trademark bird of prey displays, stunt shows, classic cars and Suffolk punches, this year’s Mid and West Suffolk Show is drawing crowds from across the county.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages