Sussex Food Producer of the Year

Sponsored by Southern Co-op

For the best Sussex Food producer who stands out for their delicious, quality products and has a strong business with vision.

WINNER

Jengers Craft Bakery
Jengers Craft Bakery, Billingshurst, West Sussex

Jengers Craft Bakery freshly bake all their products on the premises daily at their traditional bakery in BIllingshurst West Sussex. Led by Mark and Helen Sheath, the team are up with the larks, creating beautiful products using the best ingredients for , community village shops, pubs, tea rooms, farm shops, businesses and restaurants. It doesn’t matter if you fancy sweet, savoury, simple or special, Jengers Craft Bakery in Billingshurst makes it fresh and full of flavour. Jengers is a great example of a traditional business doing what it does, very well indeed.

Judges comment:

Matt Elliott, Southern Co-op’s Retail Buying & Services Manager who looks after the Local Flavours range, said: ‘Jengers Craft Bakery offers baked goods items from a traditional bakery and does it to an exceptionally high standard. It is a pleasure to see a fellow south coast business have such pride for their work and clearly they have a lot of love for what they do. Their wholesale business continues to grow which is down to the great quality and reliability of the products and the team behind them.’

2021 Update
They kept doing what they do best offering quality baked products baked in Billingshurst and offered a home delivery service. They kept everyone safe -customers and team members – and they kept baking!

GRAND FINALISTS

Bangers Galore
Bangers Galore, Horsham, West Sussex

David Bell, founder of Bangers Galore of Horsham, West Sussex, has over 30 years’ experience in butchery and sausage making. His approach to quality and the continued development of new and exciting varieties of sausage, has been recognised with numerous awards since he began Bangers Galore 22 years ago. Passionate about sausages, David supplies sausages throughout the South East and has enjoyed success with his on-line shop. Bangers Galore only uses Red Tractor approved meat and offers a great variety of flavours.

2021 Update
Since the start of the pandemic their home delivery service has increased. They have found that more and more people are shopping and ‘supporting local’ which has meant that business has increased and they have stepped up production.

The Sussex Biltong
The Sussex Biltong Co, Balcombe, West Sussex

The Sussex Biltong Co, based in Balcombe, West Sussex also has shops in East Grinstead and Haywards Heath, bringing fantastic biltong from the warm heart of Africa to the county of Sussex. The biltong is hand-made by Craig, their biltong master. He learned to make it in the Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe and has been using his secret blend of herbs and spices for 30 years. Biltong is a cured meat developed by the Afrikaner trekkers of South Africa as a way of preserving meat for leaner times but which also turned out to be healthy and delicious.

2021 Update
The Sussex Biltong Co has gone from strength to strength during the COVID crisis as people have spent more locally and been more discerning in what food they buy. They have moved into new, purpose-built production facilities and also opened a new shop in East Grinstead as well as their online shop.

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