Cornwall based Crantock Bakery has won the most prestigious bakery industry award at a glitzy London award ceremony, held on 15 September 2008. Cornwall’s best bakery has become Britain’s best as they took the title of ‘Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year.’
The award categories attract entries from the UK’s biggest and best bakeries and the Baking Industry Awards are known as ‘The’ event for the industry. Crantock Bakery beat off tough competition in the final round from London and the North of England to walk away national champion.
Crantock Bakery produces more than 60,000 traditional hand crimped Cornish pasties every day and supplies outlets across the UK and Europe
The winning combination of great local produce, creativity in new product development and a dedicated team of 130 full time staff has enabled Crantock Bakery to grow from a village butchers to a national industry leader.
Managing Director of Crantock Bakery, Nick Ringer said: “This is a huge achievement for us and we are delighted that we have been recognised and rewarded for our dedication to producing excellent products.
“By wining this award we hope to raise the profile of the Bakery and our products. Cornish Pasties are a deliciously wholesome food and our aim is to encourage even more people to try one of our pasties, to see for themselves why we are national champions.”
The award ceremony was attended by more than 900 people and categories were judged by independent industry experts and a representative from British Baker. Melanie Somerville, Marketing Manager from ADM said: “This year saw the highest number and quality of entrants into this category than ever before. We were assessing entrants in terms of product quality, operational excellence, product innovation, marketing activity and looking for a business that really distinguishes themselves from others in the industry.
“Our winner really stood out, excelling in all of these areas with a £2m investment programme enabling the company to grow by 30%, generating opportunities in new markets, successfully launching exciting new ranges in a traditional market whilst maintaining their quality hand made products they are famous for and increasing customer service levels to 99%. Without a doubt, despite the tough competition, Crantock Bakery are truly worthy winners.”