Molly Scott Cato MEP has launched a competition to identify some of our favourite products from across the South West of England. The winners will get the opportunity to showcase their products at a special reception in Brussels early next year.

ciderThe South West is home to a wide variety of small scale local producers of craft products, such as cheese, cider, beer, wine and juices to name just a few.

There are two categories in the competition and members of the public and small-scale producers are encouraged to nominate their favourite cheese or drinks beverage from the South West region.

The nominated cheese or beverage must be produced in the South West of England (in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset & Avon, Dorset, Wiltshire or Gloucestershire) and should be distinctive to the region in some way.

cheeseSix local cheese producers and six beverage producers will be invited to attend the event in Brussels where they will get the opportunity to showcase their products to an audience of invited guests, network with other producers from the region, and meet with Dr Scott Cato to highlight any current issues or concerns.

Launching the scheme, Dr Scott Cato, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, said:

I’m really proud to represent a region which is home to many rural communities and produces some of the best food in the world, and I’d like to showcase some of those products in Europe.

“I believe we need to move away from the industrialised and intensive farming systems that dominate the EU today. For several years the Green Group in Europe has been running a food campaign to encourage farming that serves the interests of communities rather than corporations and to ensure safe, healthy, sustainable and properly labelled food for consumers.

“Through this competition we hope to give some of those wonderful products that are produced in our beautiful region the opportunity to highlight their success and showcase their products to a wider audience.

Details of the South West food competition

Cheese

We are looking for delicious locally made products from small-scale producers, made with a high degree of sustainability, which benefit the local economy, minimise any impact on the environment, and help keep rural skills alive.

Members of the public or producers from the South West can nominate their favourite local cheese by emailing Amanda Williams detailing why they love the product and why it should be chosen to represent the South West.

Producers nominating their own products should detail the number of staff employed in the region and provide any other evidence that the product meets the criteria detailed.

Please note that the milk used in the product should be from cattle that have access to outdoor grazing for all or most of the year and additional credit will be given for the use of organic ingredients, although organic certification is not essential.

Drinks/Beverages

Whatever your tipple, you can also nominate your favourite drinks products from the South West.

We are looking for your favourite craft beer, cider, wine, spirit, soft drink or other beverage, which has been made in the South West, using local ingredients, with a high degree of sustainability, benefitting the local economy, minimising any impact on the environment and helping to keep rural skills alive.

Members of the public or producers from the South West can nominate their favourite local drinks by emailing Amanda Williams detailing why they love the product and why it should be chosen to represent the South West.

Producers nominating their own products should detail the number of staff employed in the region and provide any other evidence that the product meets the criteria detailed.

Additional credit will be given for the use of organic ingredients, although organic certification is not essential.

Nominations close on Thursday 26 November 2015 at midday.

Further information

For more information please contact Amanda Williams, Senior Regional Liaison Officer to Molly Scott Cato MEP.

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