The annual Food & Drink Federation Awards celebrates innovation and leadership in the food and beverages industry across the UK. The awards seek to recognise the businesses developing new and innovative product lines, but who are also contributing to their local environments and communities.
A full list of this year’s winning case studies is available here.
Kelvin Valley Honey, a social enterprise based in Scotland, was recognised with both the Community Partner Award and Growth Business Award for its ‘Become a Keeper for Free’ programme.
The programme has enabled almost 600 residence of Kelvin Valley’s former coal mining community to take up and sustain beekeeping collectively. Through reclaiming derelict land, volunteers have created 85 hectares of additional beekeeping foraging habitats. The sale of honey and beeswax products enabled the initiative to donate over £400,000 of profits to other projects supporting deprived individuals and disadvantaged rural and urban communities in the Clyde Valley.
Through the programme, Kelvin Valley Honey created 27 full time jobs, with many other previously unemployed people also working to create replica beekeeping, honey and beeswax production social enterprises in the area.
The FDF chose to recognise Kelvin Valley Honey for its contribution in assisting in the economic, environmental and social regeneration of the local disadvantaged community, as well as its contribution to reversing the decline in Scotland’s honey bee population.
The 2016 FDF Awards will launch on 17 November 2015. For more information on the FDF Awards visit the awards website.
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