Call goes out for this year's Brammy Award contenders

Nominations open this week for the annual Brammy Awards that recognise and reward excellence in using and promoting Bramley apples.

The judges will be looking for a number of qualities from the winning businesses, giving special consideration to those that have shown outstanding commitment and support to the Bramley apple this year.

The full list of categories for the 2011 awards is:
- Best Bramley Retailer.
- Best Bramley Apple Sauce.
- Best Bramley Apple Sweet Product.
- Best Bramley Apple Savoury Product.
- Best Bramley Catering Foodservice Company.
- Best Bramley Foodservice Product.
- Best Bramley Media Chef (Judges' Choice).
- Best Bramley Food Writer (Judges' Choice).
- Chairman's Award.

Bramley Campaign chairman Adrian Barlow said: "The commitment and continued support of retailers, manufacturers and foodservice companies is essential to the success of the Bramley campaign and the Brammy Awards are intended to recognise and celebrate all of their efforts."

The Brammy Awards are now in their 18th year. In 2010 Waitrose scooped the Best Bramley Retailer award while both Colman's and Greencore picked up prizes in the product categories.

Growers can encourage their customers to nominate themselves by completing a entry form on the website, The judges will also make awards in the Media Chef and Food Writer categories. The deadline for competition entries is 3 June, after which samples will be requested.

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