Food and Drink

Millets Farm Centre

Catering Design Group (CDG) has completed a £280K transformation of Millets Farm Centre in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, resulting in a 22% increase in restaurant covers to date.

Horsebox bar from Kinsbrook Vineyard with staff serving from the hatch

Joe Beckett, from Kinsbrook Vineyard, tells editor Victoria Galligan about how his family became winemakers after years of running a chicken farm…

Tell us a bit about the background of the farm…

It started with my grandparents who came to the UK from Ireland in 1969 and bought a redundant chicken farm in Sussex. They brought it back to life and reintroduced chickens. My grandfather was the eldest of four siblings, many of whom were a bit unconventional. My grandfather walked the fine line between genius and madness, which he harnessed and coupled with hard work to make the farm a success. 

Chase Distillery

Farm Diversity editor Victoria Galligan asked James Chase, Director of Chase Distillery, about how the farm diversified from a potato farm to a popular gin destination…


Could you explain a bit about the history of the distillery – when was it set up, and why?

Chase is a family-run distillery producing vodkas and gins made entirely from scratch. 

BioPak Produce Trays for A Circular Economy Solution

As consumers become more eco and waste conscious, Farm Shops have an opportunity to leverage their low CO2 reputation by choosing sustainable, certified home compostable packaging. With the UK Government urging the British Farming Industry to diversify.

Jill and husband overwhelmed by support from local customers

A small business owner based near Inverness has spoken about how overwhelmed they have been by the support from local customers since the lockdown began last month.

field fare berries

Reducing food waste - one patisserie, pea or pie at a time! 

Field Fare showcases selected lines from their packaging-free, Scoop & Serve and single portion ranges, plus premium ready meals, desserts and vegan products, at …

Stand J86, The Farm Shop & Deli Show, NEC, Birmingham Monday 30th March - Wednesday 1st April 2020

And demonstrates ongoing support for independent and rural retailers by sponsoring the new Rising Star category of the 2020 Farm Retail Association Awards…

It is a shocking fact that if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, after China and the US. And 70% of the UK’s contribution takes place in the home, with the average family throwing away £700 of food in 2018, according to The Grocer. Premium frozen food specialists, field fare, with their 150-strong, multi award-winning range of ready meals, desserts and pioneering loose serve and individual unit lines, is tackling the sustainability issue in...

Bottle of Nectvs

True British Spirit brings you Nectvs, a luxurious thoroughbred spirit for the truly discerning drinker.
Nectvs is created from fruit grown and hand-picked from the Bardsley estate in the Garden of England.  This beautifully mellow fruit has been pressed and distilled before being united with pure juice drawn from the same crop to enliven a distinctly natural flavour. 
Enjoy these spirits after dinner as a digestif, over ice or with tonic or other mixers to create a refreshing long drink.

The Yorkshire Creamery dairy products

Wensleydale Dairy Products launches The Yorkshire Creamery brand with three cheeses to ‘make a stand against bland’
 The Yorkshire Creamery is making a ‘stand against the bland’ in a bid to champion exceptional quality and traditional recipes to make dairy products that ‘taste like they ought to’.
Launched by Wensleydale Dairy Products, the parent group of the award-winning Wensleydale Creamery, The Yorkshire Creamery promises to share all the same values of using locally sourced milk, investing in the sustainability of British farming and creating delicious dairy products made with love and care.

Staff from Fodder and Ramus Seafood join forces in historic move

Fodder, the multi-award-winning farm shop and café based on the Great Yorkshire Showground, has become the flagship stockist for Ramus Luxury Seafood after a new collaboration between two of Harrogate’s leading food brands.
From this week, Fodder will offer an outstanding selection of Ramus fresh, smoked and frozen Luxury Seafood products, and online orders can be taken for its stunning seafood platter.
Alistair Ramus, owner of the family business, which was founded in 1974, said: “This is the start of a long and fruitful partnership between two great Harrogate brands.

cider production in Norway - the farm diversity site with orchard in foreground

Janice Hopper heads across the North Sea to check out a farm diversity project which has brewed its own success…

Sailing up the scenic fjords of west Norway, our Fred Olsen cruise ship docked in the staggeringly picturesque harbour of Eidfjord. A quality cruise will offer quality onshore excursions, so a group of British tourists are transported to the farm of Nils Lekve for the ‘Taste of Hardangerfjord’ experience. En route the tour guide explained that Hardangerfjord is the fruit region of Norway, thanks to its mild climate and lack of snow, due to the Gulf Stream.

Cow on dairy farm

Three “fantastic” dairy operations have been visited by the independent assessors appointed by AgriScot to find Scotland’s dairy farm of the year 2019.

This year, all 3 farms – now finalists in the running for the award – are located in the same part of the country, the renowned dairying heartland of Dumfries & Galloway.

Baltier Farm, Whithorn, Newton Stewart, where the third generation of the Douglas family now milk their 580 cow herd of high yielding Holsteins 3 times per day, is vying for the award alongside Drum Farm, Beeswing, Dumfries – the 2012 award recipient – farmed by the Harvey family, and Ernespie, Castle Douglas where David McMiken milks a herd of 290 cows in partnership with his parents.

Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese

Fife Buffalo farmer and star of the BBC’s ‘This Farming Life’, Steve Mitchell, has reached an amazing £556,000 of his £800,000 buffalo mozzarella crowdfunding goal, with just under a fortnight to go until the target must be met.

Steve’s ambition to provide Scotland with its first ever home-produced buffalo mozzarella started a number of years ago, not long after the herd of buffalo arrived at his farm. Gordon Ramsay visited Steve and together they made a trial batch, giving Steve the determination to supply Scotland’s foodies with their own delicious buffalo mozzarella.

Black Cow Vodka

Black Cow is the only vodka made entirely from grass-grazed cows milk, which results in an exceptionally smooth vodka with a unique creamy character. Our Pure Milk Vodka™ is made at The Black Cow Distillery, located right in the heart of Childhay Manor organic farm, a 13th-century Manor set in the beautiful rolling countryside of West Dorset on the coast of South West England.

Dairy farmer Jason Barber who together with Paul Archard started Black Cow in 2012, recognised the potential in what was left over from the milk after making cheese. Inspired by tales of Mongolian conquests in more ways than one, the journey to producing the world’s smoothest vodka began.

British Farmed berries

12 international markets opened their doors to British produce in 2018, with exports of soft fruits reaching £22.1 million

New figures show total UK soft fruit exports soared to a record-breaking £22.1 million last year, up from £13 million in 2017.

Exports from the UK to international markets rose by 69%, with blackberries, strawberries and raspberries being some of our most popular soft fruits. Together they are worth more than £18 million in overseas sales, with the Netherlands, Spain and the Republic of Ireland being our biggest markets.

Over the past five years, the demand for UK soft fruit has risen consistently, with the total value of exports rising by £16.8 million – an increase of more than 300% since 2013.