BBC Food & Farming Awards – Finalists Announced

Islander Rathlin Kelp has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious BBC Food & Farming Awards 2017

The BBC Food and Farming Awards in association with The BBC Food Programme has a mission to ‘honour those who have done most to promote good food’. The competition receives thousands of entries from all over the UK and the judges have the difficult task of shortlisting these nominations to 3 finalists in each category.

We are absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for the BBC Food & Farming Awards in The Future Food Award category. This award recognises manufacturers, retailers and farmers driving innovation in the food industry with visionary thinking which could make a real change to how food will be produced, sold or distributed in the future.


Islander – Rathlin Kelp is ‘Good for the ocean, Good to eat and Good for you’

Congratulations to the other 2 finalists in our BBC Food & Farming Awards category:

Growing Underground sustainably grow mouth-wateringly fresh micro greens and salad leaves 33 metres below the busy streets of Clapham. They use the latest hydroponic systems and LED technology which means their crops can be grown year-round in the pesticide-free environment that these forgotten tunnels provide. Thanks to this controlled environment the greens are unaffected by the weather and seasonal changes. Also, their central London location reduces the need to import crops and drastically reduces the food miles for retailers and consumers.

The Seed Co-operative grow seeds for the health and well being of both people and planet. They are a community-owned seed company, not interested in seed biotechnology, or dominating the world’s seed supply. Instead, they believe passionately in breeding open pollinated seeds that everyone can grow, everyone can save for the next year, and everyone can afford. The co-op believes all of our sustainable futures depend on protecting genetic biodiversity.

The overall winners will be revealed at The Food & Farming Awards Ceremony in association with BBC Radio 4 Food Programme. This event is scheduled for Wednesday 20th September 2017. More information can be found here.

Listen to Managing Director Kate Burns discuss our innovative aquaculture business with BBC Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon. Sheila visited Rathlin Island back in January 2017.