Garlic business wins £5K award

The Really Garlicky Company in Nairn, Scotland, has won a £5,000 Country Living and Waitrose Made in Britain Food Award for Best Farm Entrepreneur.

Husband-and-wife team Glen and Gilli Allingham grow 24ha of Porcelain garlic at their farm in the Cawdor Hills - supplying Waitrose and some 300 delicatessens and farm shops throughout the UK.

The couple began growing 0.4ha of Hardneck garlic in 2000 as part of a research project with the Scottish Agricultural College. The trial was so successful the pair visited garlic growers in North America to discuss how best to develop their ideas. They launched the Really Garlicky Company in 2001.

Managing director Malcolm Crabtree of the Waitrose Farm at Leckford said: "We judged the Really Garlicky Company a very worthy winner for its research work into developing porcelain garlic in the UK, clear vision for the brand, and continual innovation."


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