Now that's sweet
Joy at Ochil Fudge Pantry after client nominates them for Radio 4 award ...
THE Ochil Fudge Pantry has been nominated in BBC Radio 4's Food and Farming Awards, leaving its co-owners feeling "blown away" by the support they've received.
It was a nomination from one of the Alva-based company's online customers in Surrey which got the ball rolling, and entered the confectioner into the Best Food Producer category of the competition.
The revelation took business partners Susan Fleming (42) and Angie Craven (34) - who hadn't heard of the awards before - by surprise.
Susan said, "We were actually blown away that the guy had taken time to nominate us. The responses that we have had back is just incredible - people have filled in nominations for us and we have had lots of lovely emails on the back of it.
"We were more amazed that somebody had actually taken the time to do this. That's immensely flattering. We thought, why don't we run with this and see where it goes."
The Ochil Fudge Pantry produces fudge, tablet, macaroon and puff
candy using recipes and methods which are over 100 years old.
Everything is made by hand in Susan's kitchen which is nestled between the Ochils - giving the perfect view of Craigleith.
It supplies to farming shops - such as Cafe des Fleurs in Dollar and Ochil Coffee Mill in Alva - delis, takes produce to farmer markets and
The aim is to provide something unique and Susan explained, "We are quite different in that way and
we have set out to be different
because what we want to do is give proper old-fashioned, quality
confectionary but do it at a price
everybody can afford."
It's a 'labour of love' for both
owners who gave up their former full-time jobs to pursue making
traditional confectionary - Susan as a buyer at Prudential and Angie as a Morrisons employee.
Susan said, "The best thing about it is that we are still excited by it and it's fun for us to do it too. And we absolutely love getting feedback for it. We do about 20 different flavours of fudge and a lot of that comes from conversations with customers."
She added a thanks to everyone in the local area who had shown their support. To nominate visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zxv3j
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 25 Jul 12
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