Winners have been named in the first ever national awards which celebrate the UK’s Paleo food community.
The very best Paleo food producers, bloggers, restaurants, cafes and authors from across the UK entered the inaugural UK Paleo Awards this year.
Categories included Innovative Paleo Product, International Paleo Blogger, Paleo Breakfast Product, Paleo Meat Supplier and more. There were 96 entries for the online awards, with 76 being shortlisted as finalists A total of 9,735 votes were cast by 3,857 individuals and judges scores rated from 1.14 to 9.30 out of 10.
Shropshire businesswoman and awards founder Jan Minihane said the response to the awards had been incredible and said they would be making a return in 2018.
“The thing that kept coming through in our involvement with these awards was the depth of talent and high quality in the Paleo community – the standard was incredibly high,” she said.
“We are delighted to have raised the profile of the Paleo food industry in this way, putting it well and truly under the public spotlight. The awards have been hugely successful and superbly supported.
“It is vitally important to heighten awareness in Paleo food and I would like to thank all those people who helped to make the awards such a success. I am also grateful to all those companies who took part and the people who took the time to vote.
“The whole thing has been such a worthwhile experience and we must now sit down and decide how we will proceed with 2018.
“We took the decision to have an online-only awards for this first year and will look at that to see if it is the best way to continue moving forward.
“The awards were sponsored by Free-From Heaven magazine, which was also the awards’ media partner.”
Other sponsors included Free-From Inspired online magazine, for free-from and Paleo recipes, lifestyle tips and advice; Healthy Perspective, the UK’s largest Paleo and Clean Living directory website, and the Paleo website ‘Path to Paleo’.
The awards saw major success for Gloucestershire company Primal Joy, who lifted two honours – Snack of the Year and Innovative Product of the Year, while Shropshire company Fordhall Organic Farm won Paleo Meat Supplier of the Year and was runner-up in the Business of the Year category.
A Paleo diet largely cuts out processed and artificial food, grain, sugar and dairy, harking back to our paleolithic ancestors.
Paleo Meat Supplier of the year
Runner-up: Peelham Farm Produce, Berwickshire, Scotland http://www.peelham.co.uk
Winner: Fordhall Organic Farm, Shropshire, England https://fordhallfarm.com
Paleo-friendly Restaurant, Café or Delivery Service of the year
Runner-up: Power Kitchen, Wigan, Greater Manchester http://power-kitchen.com
Winner: Primal Roost, Bagshot, Surrey http://www.primalroost.com
Paleo-friendly Drink of the year
Runner-up: Borough Broth Co, Free-Range Organic Chicken Broth http://www.boroughbroth.co.uk
Winner: Love Kombucha, Ginger & Lime Kombucha http://www.lovekombucha.co.uk
Paleo Snack of the year
Runner-up: Wilding Snacks, Wilding’s Peking Duck Crackling http://www.wildingsnacks.com
Winner: Primal Joy, Rich Chocolate Brownie http://www.primaljoy.co.uk
Paleo Blogger of the year
Runner-up: Greens of the Stone Age http://greensofthestoneage.com/
Winner: Eighty 20 Nutrition http://eighty20nutrition.com/
International Paleo Blogger of the year
Runner-up: Jill Speer, Girl Gone Paleo http://www.girlgonepaleo.com/
Winner: ChihYu Smith, I Heart Umami http://iheartumami.com
Innovative Paleo Product of the year
Runner-up: Natural Evolution Europe Ltd, Ultimate Gluten Free Green Banana Baking Flour https://www.naturalevolutionfoods.uk
Winner: Primal Joy, Fig & Orange Pudding Bar http://www.primaljoy.co.uk
Paleo Breakfast Product of the year
Runner-up: Nut Blend, Perfect Nut Butter http://www.nutblend.com/
Joint Winner: Haughton Honey, 100% Pure English Honey http://www.haughtonhoney.com
Joint Winner: Nut Blend, Golden Nut Butter http://www.nutblend.com/
Paleo Book/eBook of the year
Runner-up: Paleo:12 Weeks to Change Your Life by Rebecca Field http://www.paleodietandfitness.co.uk/
Winner: Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook by Irena Macri http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/eat-drink-paleo-cookbook/
Paleo Food Business of the year
Runner-up: Fordhall Organic Farm https://fordhallfarm.com
Winner: The Primal Pantry http://www.primalpantry.com
Best Paleo-friendly Chocolate of the year
Runner-up: The Raw Chocolate Company, Raw Chocolate Mulberries http://www.therawchocolatecompany.com
Winner: Forever Cacao, 80% Signature Bar http://www.forevercacao.co.uk
Paleo Recipe of the Year
Runner-up: Carrot Cake, Donna Crous, Eighty 20 Nutrition http://eighty20nutrition.com/
Winner: Crispy Skin Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli Slaw, Irena Macri, Eat Drink Paleo http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/eat-drink-paleo-cookbook/
Judges Excellence Awards
Winner: Peelham Farm, Rack of Lamb http://www.peelham.co.uk
Winner: Wilding’s Peking Duck Crackling http://www.wildingsnacks.com
Outstanding Contribution to the UK Paleo Community
Winner: Darryl Edwards, Primal Play https://www.primalplay.com/