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09
Aug
2018

Great Taste Awards 2018

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 09th Aug 2018 11:00

The Great Taste awards are the Oscars of the fine food world – where peers and food lovers give recognition to outstanding food and drink in the sector. More than 500 judges, including food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, producers, food writers and journalists, took part this year to review more than 12,600 products….and that is a […]

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28
Jul
2017

We're super proud to have been shortlisted for.....

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 28th Jul 2017 09:02

I’m so  super happy and super proud to be have been shortlisted for Cambridge News Food and Drink Awards 2017 – we are in the running of best food producer! I work so hard to make the best soft drinks ever, and its just lovely when all those efforts are recognised by peers.  The results […]

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06
Mar
2017

More than chuffed to bits...Finalists again!

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 06th Mar 2017 11:10

Just when we thought we couldn’t be more happy about being in the final for East of England Family Business of the Year, we’ve only been nominated and in the final of another award!  Wow!  We’re finalists in the SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards for Innovation. We’re a family owned business, and we constantly strive to […]

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31
Jan
2017

Whoop.....We're shortlisted for East & East Anglian Family Business of the Year 2017

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 31st Jan 2017 07:27

We’re doing little whoops of joy here at Breckland Orchard HQ, as we’ve heard we’ve been shortlisted for Family Business of the Year in the East/East Anglian region 2017.  The rest of the shortlist include some pretty formidable household names – like Aspalls and Adnams….who we know and love….so actually just to be in the […]

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15
Aug
2016

Whoop.....another clutch of Great Taste Awards 2016!

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 15th Aug 2016 01:28

I’ve been floating on cloudy-9 since hearing that my drinks were awarded 2 Great Taste stars by the Guild of Fine Food this year. Great Taste, is the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2016. Judged by over 500 […]

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13
Jan
2016

Shortlisted for Family Business of the Year Award 2016

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 13th Jan 2016 12:56

Oh my…to say we are just a little bit excited is an understatement…We’ve been shortlisted for the East/East Anglia Family Business of the Year Award….Whoop! The awards pull together a vibrant bunch of family owned companies – some very well established, some newer…above all they look for companies that are both family owned and have […]

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07
Aug
2015

Cambridge Food and Drink Awards 2015

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 07th Aug 2015 11:19

Spent a splendid afternoon yesterday at the Cambridge Food and Drink Awards at Quy Mill. Afternoon tea was served whilst some jittery finalists got excited to hear the results. I was there as I’d been asked to be the  judge of the Farm shop/Deli category…  which I’d judged a few weeks back from a  short […]

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16
Aug
2014

Great Taste Awards 2014

by Claire Martinsen on Sat 16th Aug 2014 09:20

Had some fantastic news this week when I found out that two of my drinks had won prestigious Great Taste Gold Stars at the 2014 Great Taste Awards.  These awards are when products are tasted and judged ‘blind’ by the great and the good of the fine food world.  They’re kind of like the Oscars […]

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18
Aug
2013

Great Taste Awards 2013......

by Claire Martinsen on Sun 18th Aug 2013 11:52

The Great Taste Awards are run by the Guild of Fine Foods, and are kind of like the Oscars of the Fine Food world.  Every year products get entered to be judged by foodies/chefs – and can be awarded either one-star, two-stars or the coveted 3-star award. In 2013 there were 9,738 entries, of which […]

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14
Aug
2012

Strawberry and Rhubarb Posh Pop gets Gold!

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 14th Aug 2012 01:57

Very very proud that Breckland Orchard Strawberry and Rhubarb got a Gold [one star] at the 2012 Great Tastes Awards! It’s a flavour that fascinates people and has some really enthusiastic fans!  One of the joys of attending food  festivals and county shows is seeing the reaction on people’s faces when they taste Strawberry & […]

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25
May
2012

We are loving our new Rosette!

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 25th May 2012 02:20

Last weekend Breckland Orchard went ‘triple’ in terms of food shows.  Through much jiggling, organising and calling in the help of my mum [aka Ma Breckland] and her friend Netty, we managed to be at three different shows last Saturday! Hadleigh Show Letchworth Food Festival Greene King Food Festival The weather wasn’t kind last weekend […]

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20
Feb
2012

Best Website Win..........Conquering the Americans!

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 20th Feb 2012 12:14

I spent 6 days last week attending the NAFDMA Conference in Virginia.  NAFDMA  stands for North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association – its UK equivalent is FARMA.  I was there with a group of 19 others on a study trip from the UK, attending the conference and seeing how Farm Shops and retail are done […]

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09
Feb
2012

FoodBev Awards 2012 - Winner Best Social Media Campaign

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 09th Feb 2012 04:09

Absolutely thrilled to be the winner of the FoodBev 2012 Best Social Media Campaign.   FoodBev provide a global insight into food and drink trends and innovation – they span from large to small companies and have a razor sharp insight into everything going on in the world of food and drink. The judges comments were: […]

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12
Oct
2011

Its here to stay! Dandelion and Burdock.........

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 12th Oct 2011 11:32

In an earlier blog I shared that we started making a new flavour – Dandelion & Burdock.  It came about really from customer requests……..so we launched it as a trial flavour. The feedback  from customers has been just amazing…in fact we’ve been more than a little bowled over by how much people love our Breckland […]

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28
May
2011

East of England Businesswomen Start Up of the Year

by Claire Martinsen on Sat 28th May 2011 16:15

I was thrilled, delighted and extremely happy to be awarded Start Up of the Year at the East of England Businesswomen Annual Awards on Thursday night. There were six very strong finalists in the start up category which made it very special indeed.  Thank you to Lloyds TSB as the sponsor of the category and […]

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07
Jan
2011

Top of the Ginger Beer Pops

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 07th Jan 2011 10:18

The website Summerfruitcup recently did a taste test of Ginger Beers in the UK Market.  They tested 20 Ginger Beers back to back [phew], which gave a pretty exhaustive snapshot of the Ginger Beers available. My little drink was taste tested up against some of the biggest names in the Ginger Beer world – Old […]

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09
Oct
2010

EDP Best New Business Award Winner 2010

by Claire Martinsen on Sat 09th Oct 2010 18:14

I had the most lovely [and wonderful] surprise last night when I won the  Best New Business Award at the EDP Norfolk Business Awards.  The Award is sponsored by Shaping Norfolk’s Future, who pioneer and promote business in this amazing county. The event was just great – hosted by the BBC Look East’s very own […]

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18
Aug
2010

EDP Business Awards 2010....Yipeeee!

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 18th Aug 2010 06:47

The shortlisted finalists for the EDP Business Awards were announced today……and we’re literally thrilled to bits to be finalists for the Best New Business. I started Breckland Orchard in March 2009 after leaving a long corporate career. I’ve love the freedom, the autonomy and the excitement that comes from running your own business.  But one […]

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13
Aug
2010

HSBC Start-up Stars 2010 - Regional Finalist!

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 13th Aug 2010 16:34

Today is Friday 13th, and as if proof were needed that it doesn’t always bring doom and gloom…….just heard that Breckland Orchard is an Eastern Regional Finalist for HSBC Start-up Stars 2010. The awards aim to find the best new entrepreneurial talent in the UK, and in their own words ‘we’re looking for those that […]

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28
Feb
2010

Tastes of Anglia brings regional foodie delights!

by Claire Martinsen on Sun 28th Feb 2010 17:31

I was delighted to be recently voted onto the Board of Tastes of Anglia by my peer members.  Tastes of Anglia is the regional food marketing group for the Eastern Region…covering the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.  It promotes the interests of all food producers – from foods produced by individuals […]

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