Winner Pride of Essex Award at the Essex Food and Drink awards 2015

PUBLISHED: 17:21 14 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:21 14 October 2015

Pride of Essex award.

Pride of Essex award.

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This award recognizes individuals and businesses which actively and proudly promote the great local produce Essex has to offer residents within the county and further afield.

Winner: Wibblers Brewery

Judges said: The winner of Pride of Essex category is a business that has grown from small beginnings into something that has real potential for the future. They started off in a very small way, in fact almost as a hobby, but were encouraged to take it further until it became a full time business. They use locally sourced raw ingredients wherever possible and recycle some of their waste products as animal feed for a local farm. Their products can be found in local shops across the county as well as other more specialist outlets and they produce a wide variety of their staple product. Such has been their success that they are now looking to relocate to a bigger and better unit. All of our entrants well and truly met the criteria for this award, which made judging difficult, but this business seemed to go just that extra mile to be the Pride of Essex. They are that business with the somewhat strange but appropriate name, Wibblers Brewery.

Highly commended: Hayman Distillers

Highly commended: Hanningfield Smokehouse

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