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Cotteswold Dairy wins Dairy Food Provider of the Year at Food Awards Wales

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 03 May 2016 6:44

Cotteswold Dairy wins Dairy Food Provider of the Year at Food Awards Wales

Thousands of nominations were received but when it came to the count the Welsh public had made their decision – the dairy food provider of the year in their country was Cotteswold Dairy.

The Tewkesbury–headquartered family business won a top prize in the prestigious Food Awards Wales.

Cotteswold Dairy was in the Dairy Food Provider of the Year category up against seven others, including Caws Cenarth Cheese, Snowdonia Cheese, Daffodil Foods, Castle Dairies, The Village Dairy and Pant Mawr Farmhouse Cheeses.

George Workman, managing director of Cotteswold Dairy, said: “We were thrilled even to be shortlisted in this category and to win was just fantastic.

“This is a real credit to our welsh farmers who supply us with top quality milk and all our staff for helping produce our products and provide a great delivery service all over Wales.

“Our dragon brand of milk and cream are widely recognised and extremely popular throughout Wales.”

Andy Ward, depot manager of North Wales and Gwyn Roberts, sales manager for Wales said: “I would like to say that the award, which hopefully will be the first of many is the recognition for a lot of hard work and commitment by the whole North Wales team.”

It has been a year of highs and lows for the long-established business and major employer.

Last year saw it sponsor the Taste of Gloucestershire Awards, announce a multi-million pound rebuild and investment programme at its Northway Lane headquarters, reveal a major re-brand of the business and walked away with the Family Business of the Year award at the Food & Farming Industry Awards held at the House of Commons.

A low came in February this year when Harry Workman, the founder of Cotteswold Dairy, died after a short illness. The respected 98-year-old started the Tewkesbury’s dairy in 1938 after borrowing money from his mother to buy a 30 gallon per day milk round from his brother-in-law Eric Brown.

Food Awards Wales raised money for Make A Wish Foundation UK.

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