Baci & Co, Louth is among the Great Taste winners of 2020, taking 3 of only 78 awards in the Gelato category.

Great Taste, the world’s most trusted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2020. Out of 12,777 products sent in from 106 different countries, Baci & Co, Louth was awarded two 1-star Great Taste awards, one for their Dairy Free Fresh Strawberry Gelato and one for their Dairy Free Fresh Raspberry Gelato which means judges dubbed them as gelato’s that delivers fantastic flavour. Then for their Dairy free mango Gelato a 2-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it as a gelato above and beyond delicious. One of the judges commented “This mango tastes so fresh it could almost have come straight from the tree. The fruit is vividly flavourful, a tropical delight that tastes as if it was picked and prepared at the peak of ripeness. The texture of the sorbet is clean and bright, with a lovely smooth mouth-feel - it slips like silk down the throat, with a continuing delicate fresh taste. The mango has a distinctive flavour. Simply and perfectly made.”

Judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and journalists, Great Taste is the most coveted of all food and drink awards. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to an outstanding product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting.

Darren Swales, Owner, explains: We decided to enter the great taste awards following our success last year winning the Gelato Festival in London. Our customers tell us daily that our product is the best they have ever tasted, but, we are always striving to make improvements and to make our gelato as healthy as delicious. Louth is known for great food and I passionately believe that we must keep the flag flying for the town and Lincolnshire as a whole. The more people that get to see small artisan producers from Louth winning national awards the more people will want to visit the town, so in turn we all benefit from the increased footfall and revenue stream. Louth is packed with small family business that always go above and beyond to produce the best they can whilst offering a personal and unique service. We will not be sitting back and resting on our laurels as we need to start preparing for the Gelato World Cup in Rimini Italy in January 2021 where we will be representing England against the other countries that have qualified. (this may be delayed due to the COVID pandemic)

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is cake, coffee, kippers or kombucha being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

Great Taste 2020 will reach its exciting finale in late October, when the Golden Fork trophy winners and the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2020 are announced at the virtual Great Taste Golden Fork awards event.