Gin makers Warner Edwards can toast more success after being named on a list of the nation’s top 50 most promising food and drink entrepeneurs.
Distillers Tom Warner and Sion Edwards only produced their first batch of gin from a converted old barn on Tom’s family farm – Falls Farm in Harrington – in 2012.
Since then they have gone on the create several award-winning types of the spirit, and picked up a number of national and international awards.
Now they are among seven Midlands start-ups and family businesses to have made the list of the UK’s 50 most promising food and drink entrepreneurs to be recognised as Food Stars in a new Government initiative.
Leading figures in retail and food launched the Food Stars scheme to help the winners grow their businesses and get more of their produce on supermarket shelves and dinner tables in the UK and across the world.
Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “The Midlands has always been a place where sparky entrepreneurs come up with great innovations in food and drink, people with the ambition to grow and take on the world.
“Now is the time to celebrate that success, which is helping to grow our economy - that is why we’ve created Food Stars to recognise the bright innovators of today and support them to become the major players of tomorrow.
“From street food to gin, coffee to baking kits, Midlands Food Stars truly represent the best of British and demonstrate the creativity and determination in this country.
“Our Food Stars show if you want to see a vision for Britain’s bright economic future, look no further than the UK’s food and drink industry.”
Those named among the top 50 are to receive a package of continued support from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Cranfield University over the next year. This includes a tailored information service and access to a range of events and development opportunities in agriculture and food, the environment, management and leadership.