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By Nigel Slater 25/05 Updated: 29/05 16:44
A VALE food company has achieved some tasty success after winning a prestigious industry award.
Evesham based Scott Farms International, the UK's leading sweet potato grower and importer, scooped the award for the Importer of the Year at this years Re:fresh Awards.
Celebrity chef James Martin presented the awards in front of 500 industry guests at the gala dinner at the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel on Thursday (May 17).
The Vale growers beat other firms throughout the country including DG Fruit, Dole Fresh UK and Finlays Horticulture Holdings to grab their hands on their award and were selected by a judging panel of the industry's peers of the Fresh Produce Consortium executive committee.
Their award comes after the firm launched a sweet potatoes campaign last year which saw them team up with one of the area's top chefs, Felice Tocchini, to promote the humble, but hard-working vegetable.
Stan Smith, Scott Farms international chief executive, said: "We are extremely proud to have won the Importer of the Year category at this year's Re:fresh Awards.
"The category was very competitive and to have won is recognition of our commitment to the industry as a whole and our passion for sweet potatoes. Our aim is to increase the nation's appetite for the product and for Scott Farms sweet potatoes to be asked by name."
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