The humble duck egg has been elevated to new heights following the announcement of the Great Taste Top 50 Foods 2016, with Waddling Free from The Traditional Free Range Egg Company named as the only eggs to receive this accolade. Formerly known as Blackacre Farm Eggs, The Traditional Free Range Egg Company rebranded earlier this month in order to show its commitment to ensuring a sustainable future for independent family-run farms, so this latest award represents a big stamp of approval from the most respected food accreditation scheme around.
Great Taste judges heaped praise upon “a perfect egg that is hard to fault”, with its “rich marigold yellow yolk, firm pure white and beautifully rich flavour”, agreeing that the Waddling Free duck eggs are “as good a duck egg as you can get!” This is the second year running that the duck eggs have scooped a coveted Great Taste 3-star award, with owners Dan and Briony Wood’s entire Free Collection also landing Great Taste stars in 2016.
Coming away with five Great Taste awards in total, the Somerset-based free range egg producer achieved two 2-star awards for its Rambling Free hen eggs and Foraging Free quail eggs, along with two 1-star awards for its Naturally Free organic hen eggs and Dabbling Free goose eggs, the newest addition to the collection.
Dan Wood, managing director of The Traditional Free Range Egg Company, commented;
“It feels incredible to have our Waddling Free duck eggs named as one of this year’s Top 50 Foods and even more special to know that we’re the only egg producer on the list. It’s been a whirlwind this month, beginning with the rebrand, followed by our best ever haul of awards in Great Taste, but it’s all been brilliant news for independent family-run farms. You only have to look at the dominance of lovingly produced meat, eggs and dairy in this year’s Great Taste Top 50 Foods to see how much the work of our traditional farmers is valued. This will spur us on as we continue in our efforts to educate consumers on the difference between eggs produced using traditional methods and those coming from more industrialised systems, giving people the chance to support independent family-run farms before they are lost forever.”
The Traditional Free Range Egg Company will be exhibiting at Speciality & Fine Food Fair on stand 2220/c from Sunday 4 to Tuesday 6 September and its eggs are available exclusively from independent retailers, including delis, farm shops, butchers and grocery stores across the UK.
For more information about The Traditional Free Range Egg Company visit www.TheTraditionalFreeRangeEggCompany.co.uk.