Bell and Loxton is among the Great Taste winners of 2019

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, Bell and Loxton of South Devon was awarded a 1-star Great Taste award for their Basil oil and 2-star Great Taste award for their original kitchen staple cold pressed rapeseed oil, which means judges dubbed it above and beyond delicious. The judges said that their Basil oil was “a clean well balance oil with a silky smoothness, buttery, subtle and delicate with the freshness just a hint of bail. Drizzled on pasta would enhance not mask the pasta flavour and would be excellent on salad”.  And judges loved their original rapeseed oil “we loved the delicate vegetable notes and did not feel it was overpowering, it would work well in many dishes, an extraordinary clean finish”

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.        

Rachel Bell from Bell and Loxton explains: We are very proud of our relationship with the Great Taste and the awards we have won over the years, our oils are consistently praised for their flavour year on year. The symbol of Great Taste adds value to our business and creditability of our amazing oils.  

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar, , bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

There were 12,772 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 208 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,326 received a 2-star and 3,409 were awarded a 1-star accolade.

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