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Small family-run Bristol food business wins chance to put products in Co-op

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Written by: The Business | Posted 15 November 2017 9:23

Small family-run Bristol food business wins chance to put products in Co-op

Yossi Foods, a small family-run business based in Bristol, has won Quality Food Awards Small Producer of the Year in partnership with the Co-op and now has the chance to put its products on the community retailer's shelves.

Using recipes from his parents and grandparents, owner Yossi Nassim and his wife produce authentic falafels, which are all made by hand, and are then frozen for freshness. They also makes pastes to go with the falafels or to use as marinades and in sauces.

The judges said they were impressed by the "passion, drive and love" that went into the business. 

Rebecca Channack of Yossi Foods said: “We are absolutely thrilled and overwhelmed to have won Small Producer Gold at the Quality Food Awards 2017. All of us at Yossi Foods feel proud that our hard work and focus on quality and integrity has been recognised in this way.”

As part of the prize Yossi Foods will spend a day at Cactus Kitchens (the creative kitchen space located above the set of Saturday Kitchen Live) for innovation testing and product development with professional product developers Taste-makers.

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Other finalists from this year’s awards will also get the chance to work with the Co-op to see their products on its shelves as part of the Co-op’s commitment to celebrating and supporting local suppliers. It is part of a package of benefits designed to provide a big boost to smaller businesses. 

Simon Dryell, head of local sourcing for the Co-op, said: “Great British food is world renowned and the standard of entries has once again been truly amazing.

“It has been a real pleasure to explore the diversity and creativity of produce and we would like to congratulate Yossi Foods on gaining this award and recognition.

“We know that food provenance, quality and trust are key for our customers, and we are proud to give local producers pride of place in our stores.

It’s exciting to collaborate with smaller producers with their innovation, quality, pride, passion and traditions.

The Co-op is dedicated to championing and showcasing local producers, breaking down the traditional barriers that can often challenge smaller businesses - as a community retailer, we are keen to work with the finalists and offer support and guidance that could help to see their product on the shelves of their local Co-op.”.

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