Second award for Sri Lankan family business
4:22pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A FLEDGLING Thornbury family business is fast establishing itself as a top quality brand after picking up its second food industry 'Oscar' in two years.
House of Ceylon, which sells a line of Sri Lankan condiments, has scooped a gold star at the Great Taste Awards, organised the Guild of Fine Food, for its pineapple and chilli chutney.
This is the firm's second accolade from the guild which handed it a gold award in 2012 for its date and lime chutney.
House of Ceylon was set up in 2011 by mother and daughter-in-law team, Judith Blagg and Manisha de Silva-Blagg. Their products are handmade in Kandy at a factory run by Manisha's mother, using mainly locally-sourced ingredients, before being imported to the UK.
It has now become a favourite on the food fair circuit.
Manisha told the Gazette: "Great Taste Awards is the acknowledged benchmark for speciality food and drink. It has been described as the Oscars of the food world and the epicurean equivalent of the Booker Prize. We are very pleased with the response we've had to the House of Ceylon products from customers and food critics alike.
"Winning the Great Taste Awards have given us a real boost, and it's a testament to the quality of the products made in my mum's factory in Sri Lanka."
She added: "The next step is to expand the distribution to a larger audience, and we are in the process of finding a local distribution company. Judith and I are very passionate about participating in local food fairs and talking to customers and receiving feedback, so we'll be at the Thornbury Christmas Food Fair in December."
To find out more about House of Ceylon go on facebook at www.facebook.com/houseofceylon or follow @houseofceylon on Twitter for recipe ideas.
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