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Drink producers: Shaken Udder in Tolleshunt Major

PUBLISHED: 15:52 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:42 20 February 2013

Jodie Farren and Andrew Howie

Jodie Farren and Andrew Howie

A LOVE affair with simple good food and great live music inspired Jodie Farren and Andrew Howie to a fabulous new frothy creation.

A LOVE affair with simple good food and great live music inspired Jodie Farren and Andrew Howie to a fabulous new frothy creation.

The couple would visit many of the UK's music festivals during the summer months, but at Chelmsford's V Festival in 2004, Andrew felt there was something missing from the usual catering on offer.

Musing the melodies in the summer sunshine he craved a taste from his younger years - a really good thick shake. When he and Jodie returned home from the festival they held a meeting in their kitchen in Tolleshunt Majot. With a blender to hand, they hit upon the idea of producing thick shakes which were brimming with only the finest ingredients which could be sold to other festival goers.

They tested the market in 2004 with one trailer and one flavour and it went so well that Jodie set about designing a proper brand for them - the funky cow.

'I could see the cow logos in my mind and we didn't like what other marketeers came up with, so we went with mine,' said Jodie.

Then the couple began experimenting with flavours and good wholesome Essex milk to create the perfect mix.


Shaken not stirred
They were both adamant there was going to be no room for any nasty artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. After three years of research to create the perfect blend they launched Shaken Udder with four flavours; Strawberry Stash, Top Banana, Choco Lush and Shake the Cake - which tastes divinely of strawberry cheese cake.

'We road-tested our first shakes on friends and family, then launched properly in 2007 at the Good Food Show at Olympia,' Andrew explains.

Since their first few bottles were produced they have proved to be incredibly popular. Not only are they now sold at most of the major music festivals around the UK, but they are also featured in Fortnum & Mason and Harvey Nicks too.

If you're looking to try them a little closer to home, you can call into the farm shop at Wicks Manor Farm in Tolleshunt Major near Maldon.



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