Asda Extra Special Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies produced by Northumbrian Fine Foods (NFF) has been shortlisted in the 37th Quality Food Awards following a rigorous judging process.
The cookies, which are a finalist in the sweet biscuit category, were among thousands of products from across the UK to have taken part in the demanding selection process.
Offering the chance to be crowned the best product on grocery shelves, the Quality Food Awards are considered the ultimate endorsement of food products on offer to consumers. And, because each product is put through a rigorously fair judging process by a uniquely prestigious team of over 200 food experts, consumers and entrants can buy their favourite products safe in the knowledge that each winning accreditation is credible and deserved.
David Wood, director of business improvement for NFF, said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for a prestigious Quality Food Award. We take great pride in our product development team’s ability to continually deliver new products that delight consumers. Once again this has been recognised by the Quality Food Award judges.”
The winners will be announced at an award ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on 10 November 2016.
Two products from the Prewett’s biscuit range have been shortlisted at the prestigious Grocer New Product Awards 2016 in recognition of their great taste and quality.
Prewett’s Chocoful and Prewett’s Gorgeously Gluten Free Spicy Ginger & Chocolate Cookies are finalists in the ‘Free From Biscuits’ category at the awards, which celebrate and reward outstanding innovation in the UK Fast moving consumer goods sector.
Chocoful is gluten free and individually wrapped chocolate coated biscuit bar whilst Gorgeously Gluten Free Spicy Ginger & Chocolate Cookies feature indulgent ingredients such as Belgian chocolate and stem ginger. Prewett’s biscuits are manufactured by Gateshead based Northumbrian Fine Foods (NFF).
David Wood, NFF Business Director, says: “Since we launched our new Prewett’s gluten free range at the start of the year, we have been delighted at the positive response from consumers. We are thrilled that the quality of these biscuits has also been recognised by The Grocer New Product Awards.
“Innovation is at the heart of our business and we are planning further new product launches over the coming months.”
The Grocer New Product Awards 2016 will be held on Friday 7th October at the Marriott Grosvenor Square, London.
At the start of June we exhibited at the Free From Foods Expo in Amsterdam.
This was the first time we had attended a show like this as an exhibitor and it was great to speak with industry specialists and see what else is new in the ever growing free from market.
We showcased our new exhibition stand and had a lot of interest at the show, with everyone loving our premium Prewett’s packaging! The team did a great job in introducing the rest of Europe to Northumbrian Fine Foods and what we do.
Northumbrian Fine Foods Ltd (NFF), the UK’s biggest gluten-free biscuit manufacturer, is investing £1.2m in new baking production capabilities that will create around 40 new jobs at their Gateshead facility.
The investment is the result of soaring demand for their biscuits in the ‘free from’ sector that has seen turnover increase over the last five years by 80%.
The baking oven will increase production capacity at NFF by 40% and will principally focus on the manufacture of ‘indulgent’ cookies, rotary moulded biscuits and bake bars such as Granola. The 40 new jobs created by the investment will see total employment at the plant increase to around 200 people.
Stewart McLelland, managing director of NFF, said: “This investment is great news for Gateshead and is testament to the hard work of everyone at Northumbrian Fine Foods. We have seen significant growth in the ‘free from’ market for our ‘indulgent cookies’ and other biscuits, especially from the multiple retail sector.
“The new baking oven will play a key role in meeting current demand and also ensure that we can continue to grow the business significantly over the coming years.”
As well as supermarket own-label products, NFF also manufactures biscuits under the Prewett’s brand, which has enjoyed recent success with a significant expansion in its range to include milk-free biscuits, ‘indulgent’ all-butter cookies and individually wrapped chocolate coated biscuit bars, all of which are gluten free.
“We are planning further extensions to our range that will focus on everyday favourite biscuits in a variety of formats,” said McLelland.
About 60% of the UK’s gluten free sweet biscuit production is carried out at the NFF site in Gateshead. The new bake transporting oven will become fully operational by September and the recruitment process for new employees has now commenced.
This autumn we are proud to present our newest Prewett’s range.
These delicious gluten free biscuits are made with all butter and the highest quality ingredients. It’s that little moment of luxuary you’ve been waiting for.
All available in Waitrose.
Dark Chocolate Ginger and Oat & Raisin available in Sainsburys.