The winners of the 2015 Great Taste Awards have been announced, and the full list includes more than 3,000 suppliers, producers and manufacturers of food and drink products.
Shirgar Welsh salted butter by Gower View Foods, beef dripping by James Whelan Butchers and creamy blue-veined Shropshire Blue from Colston Bassett Dairy are all classics from the list of winners, while more inventive flavour combinations include Beckleberry's passion fruit and tarragon sorbet and Mr Vikkis' banana habanero pickle.
John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, said: "This year's Top 50 says so much about the evolution of taste in the UK today. On the one hand, food and drink producers are refining the very best ingredients and celebrating the beauty of simplicity, while others push the boundaries to create bold and unusual products.
"What they have in common, of course, is respect for the finest produce and ingredients, letting the best flavours sing. The Great Taste Top 50 Foods logo is a badge of honour that should be displayed proudly by producers. Our judges urge everyone to go out and find the foods that are on the Great Taste Top 50 Foods list. In every deli, farm shop, restaurant, cafe and pub, there should be plenty of Great Taste stars to choose from."
The panel of judges included MasterChef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, TV presenter and cook Aggie Mackenzie, and chefs including Adam Handling, head chef at the Caxton in London, and James Golding, chef-director of the Pig hotel group. They re-judged the three-star winners to agree on the Top 50, the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste Supreme Champion for 2015. The final results will be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Dinner in London on 7 September.
Other manufacturers recognised on the list include stocks and sauces supplier Essential Cuisine for its beef, chicken, lamb, vegetable and veal stocks; Union Hand Roasted Coffee for a number of its coffees, including its organic Ethiopia Yirgacheffe; Thornbridge Brewery for its Halycon Imperial IPA 7.4% and South West Garlic Farm for its British black garlic.