Many of Cornwall's tastiest food product arise as a result of local produce partnerships
PUBLISHED: 09:35 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 February 2013
Our food and drink columnist Sadie Phillips, from Cornwall Food & Drink, discusses joint working for mutual benefit
When enjoying, say, ice cream flavoured with hand-made fudge and clotted cream from nearby producers, its easy to appreciate the local flavour of a community. However, what you may not realise are the unique partnerships and business savvy it took to get that food from the field to the delicious first bite.
Its good to see that more and more Cornish businesses are actively seeking out opportunities to collaborate, seizing the chance to work together and use their collective qualities to create even better products.
A simple example is Origin Coffee; delicious, freshly ground, locally roasted and hard to be improved upon. Or is it? By teaming up with Roddas and adding their fabulous, top quality Cornish milk, Origin created Cornish coffee perfection and any coffee aficionado will confirm its hard to beat this combo.
Producer partnerships that create superb value-added products are not a new concept, but its enormously encouraging that so many Cornish businesses are beginning to realise the potential benefits of working together.
Weve seen beer-flavoured bread from one of the countys successful artisan bakers - Da Bara Bakery - using St Austell Brewerys ale; Chalkys Beer from Sharps developed with Rick Stein as the perfect accompaniment to seafood; Furniss oat biscuits flavoured with Cornish Sea Salt or Davidstow cheddar.
Food producers, breweries, restaurants, charities and hotels have all joined forces in various guises to promote the great produce available here in Cornwall. Take Padstow Christmas Festival, Cornwall Food & Drink Festival and Truro Farmers Market as just a small selection. From fledgling enterprises, they have grown year-on-year.
Its wonderful that these initiatives receive so much interest, but this time of year is a great opportunity to remind everyone that supporting your local suppliers isnt just for special occasions. Thats why weve launched our Choose Cornish campaign.
We all have choices about what we buy and where we buy it from, but even the smallest changes by individuals can have a huge collective impact. For example, if everyone who lives in Cornwall were to spend just an extra 50 pence of their weekly grocery shop on local produce from a local supplier, it would deliver well over 10million into Cornwalls economy in a year.
If youre in the food and drink business and would like to find out more about how to network with other businesses, or youre a member of the public who would like to find out more about our Choose Cornish campaign, please get in touch. Call us on 01872 865101 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org