Ocado has named family-owned garlic producer The Garlic Farm as Britain’s Next Top Supplier.
The Garlic Farm will be stocked on Ocado.com and receive a £20,000 marketing budget after winning the annual Ocado competition, which opened in March.
The Isle of Wight-based family business produces a range of products based around garlic, including chutneys, chilli sauce and vodka.
It is the third recipient of the award, which was established in 2014 to find small undiscovered producers in the UK.
Entrants are sifted through with six finalists eventually being chosen from by a panel that must decide one ultimate winner.
The panel this year included Ocado head of buying Rose Price and Rosie Birkett, food journalist and blogger at A Lot on Her Plate.
Ocado marketing and commercial director Lawrence Hene, who was also on the panel, said: “Every year we are surprised and delighted by the diversity and quality of produce that suppliers bring to our attention. It was a tough decision but in the end it was the combination of the quality of the products, Natasha and her team’s passion for garlic and their innovative use of a much loved ingredient that led us to the final result.
“The panel was truly wowed by the unique use of garlic, with the Garlic Peach & Mango Chutney and Black Garlic Vodka being a couple of products that particularly stood out.”