British Growers and National Association of Cider Makers partner awards

The British Growers Association and the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) have signed up as partners for the 2015 UK Grower Awards, officially launched by farming minister George Eustice at last month's Fruit Focus event.

British Growers represents vegetable and salads growers in the UK while the NACM represents both larger producers and many hundreds of smaller-scale cider makers.

The exciting partnerships mean that all members of the associations and their affiliate organisations can enjoy free entry to the prestigious awards scheme.

For 2015, a number of new categories have been created. For growers of vegetable and salad crops, alongside Vegetable Grower of the Year and Salads Grower of the Year, a new category has been added for the Potato Grower of the Year.

For fruit growers, alongside Soft-Fruit Grower of the Year and Top-Fruit Grower of the Year, a new category rewarding the best grower serving the cider industry has been introduced as well as awards for the best grower serving the viticulture sector and best specialist grower. Other new awards include Best Production Manager and Best Agronomist.

Eustice said: "I am delighted to launch the awards. It's great to recognise our excellent growers. They now include three new categories including cider and viticulture. We have some great cider growers and English wines are a fantastic success story. I hope many growers will enter."

- To enter the awards, please see www.thegrowerawards.co.uk.


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