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International Cheese Awards Accompaniments 2019

Cheese Accompaniments Gift Trio

To add to our proud line up of awards in 2019 we entered our Welsh Pumpkin, Fig & Almond Chutney into the International Cheese Awards Accompaniments section. Competition was fierce but we were over-joyed to receive a Highly Commended award for our deliciously moreish welsh artisan Fig, Almond & Pumpkin chutney. With a rich caramel colour and wholesome flavour it pairs well with creamy mozzarella.  It makes a lovely addition to an indoor or outdoor picnic; choose one of our Welsh Chutney Trio’s and enjoy a selection of our luxury preserves. Complimented by our collection of luxury award winning chutneys and preserves, add a tasty new dimension to your table with this delicious chutney packed full of figs and pumpkin.

Fig Almond & Pumpkin Chutney
Fig, Almond & Pumpkin Chutney – Cheese Accompaniments
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Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards 2019

Great Taste Awards 2019

One star and two star great taste awards

Following the success of a gold star award in 2018 for our Welsh Sticky Gingerbread we entered our Welsh Beetroot Chutney and Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly into the awards. What a thrill to receive a gold star for the Welsh Beetroot Chutney and two gold stars for our Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly!

Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly – Judges comments.

Judges comments: “Fabulous blush pink colour with distinct apple aroma.” “Delightfully light yet aromatic on the palate also, with a pleasing level of bright acidity.” “A beautiful blush colour on the spoon, the palest pink. The apple comes through as sweetness then underpinning is a deeper, more savoury note…bittersweet and smoky Rowan berry” “We feel this would work beautifully with partridge”

Welsh Beetroot Chutney – Judges comments

Judges comments: “Great colour from this wonderful earthy aroma chutney. Excellent texture from the well handled beetroot which is releasing well balanced, sweet and earthy beetroot flavours. Has been excellently balanced between the sweetness and acidity.” “We applaud the texture and the balance of seasoning”

Pantri Swswen is among the Great Taste winners of 2019

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, Pantri Swswen was awarded a 1-star Great Taste award for our Welsh Beetroot Chutney, which means judges dubbed it a food that delivers fantastic flavour and a 2-star Great Taste award for our Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly, which means judges dubbed it above and beyond delicious.

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.

Lizzie Jones owner of Pantri Swswen, explains: we’re thrilled to have been awarded 2 gold stars for our Welsh Rowan Berry Jelly and Welsh Beetroot Chutney. These awards mean so much to small businesses and we’ll certainly be celebrating our wins with our staff and customers.”.

About the 2019 Great Taste Awards

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

There were 12,772 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 208 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,326 received a 2-star and 3,409 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion, author, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, Gill Meller, Kavi Thakar from Dishoom, food writer and stylist, Georgina Hayden and author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2019 Supreme Champion.

Great Taste 2019 will reach its exciting finale on Sunday 1 September, when the world of fine food gathers at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London to find out the Great Taste Golden Fork trophy winners for each region, with the final applause reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2019.

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Welsh Whisky Marmalade Silver 2019

Welsh Whiskey Marmalade

Award Winning Welsh Whisky Marmalade Silver 2019

The start of the year for any artisan preserve maker is never dull and is always full of citrus sunshine. 2019 was no exception and our sunny start to the year was further enhanced with a double win at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards based in Cumbria. We were thrilled to receive a silver for our Welsh Whisky & Seville Orange Marmalade and a bronze for our Welsh Brandy & Seville Orange Marmalade. All of our marmalades feature an element of Wales in the ingredients; we have no difficulty selecting the perfect additions to our luxury handmade whole fruit marmalades.

Welsh Whisky Marmalade

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Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Awards 2018

Sticky Gingerbread Great Taste Winner

Welsh Sticky Gingerbread – Award Winning Cake

Mid 2018 saw yet another award, this time from The Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards 2018 with a gold star for our delicious Welsh Sticky Gingerbread.

Press Release for our super Great Taste Gold Star Award

Pantri Swswen is among the Great Taste winners of 2018 for their Sticky Welsh Gingerbread

Award Winning Sticky Welsh Gingerbread

The Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Awards, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2018. Pantri Swswen from Mid Wales was awarded a 1-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it a food that delivers fantastic flavour for its Sticky Welsh Gingerbread. Judges comments “a lovely rich stickiness to it.” “We very much enjoyed the light yet rich and moist texture of this cake and felt the level of ginger in the cake was just right.” “We loved the crystallised ginger”…”We certainly found the cake moreish”

Lizzie Jones owner of Pantri Swswen, explains: We’ve been proudly making our luxury cakes with fine welsh ingredients for many years. Welsh Sticky Gingerbread is a Pantri Swswen firm favourite and we decided to enter it into the Great Taste Awards on a whim this year and have been rewarded with a gold star award! The Great Taste logo adds real value to our business in terms of credibility, opening doors to new retailers, and ultimately increasing our sales. We’ll be celebrating this award which comes hot on the heels of our early 2018 World’s Original Marmalade Gold Award for our Ruby Grapefruit & Welsh Honey Marmalade. We will be holding tasting events locally to celebrate our wins.

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar , granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

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Award Winning Marmalade ~ 2018 Gold

award winning marmalade

2018 started out with another award winning marmalade accolade for Pantri Swswen with Ruby Grapefruit & Welsh Honey Marmalade winning gold. We were honoured to have been awarded a prestigious Gold at the 2018 World’s Original Marmalade Awards. There was much excitement surrounding the awards with a special invitation to Dalemain Mansions awards ceremony. We’re delighted to share one of our press releases with you! You can buy our luxury seasonal award winning marmalades from our shop.


Local luxury food producer Pantri Swswen is toasting their success! Following a prestigious award at the 13th World’s Original Marmalade Awards celebrations at Dalemain.  With record entries from around the globe, this Award proves that their marmalade really is world class.

Pantri Swswen from Caersws has just scooped a Gold award in the 13th World’s Original Marmalade Awards. Pantri Swswen won one of the marmalade world’s most prestigious accolades for its Ruby Grapefruit & Welsh Honey Marmalade. The marmalade impressed judges with its appearance, colour, consistency, aroma and flavour.

The Artisan judges for 2018 were a prestigious panel of food industry experts including Fortnum & Mason head buyer Brigette Hardy, Telegraph Food writer Xanthe Clay and longstanding Awards patron Dan Lepard, food writer and baking guru.

Owner Lizzie said she was delighted to win the award: “This is a golden award for us in more ways than one! We are so pleased to have won our third consecutive annual award at Dalemain.  Call into Derwen Farm Shop Guilsfield on the 5th May 2018 where we are holding one of our taster events and sample our Gold winner Ruby Grapefruit & Welsh Honey Marmalade. Our winning marmalade features the award winning Mêl Grug Cymreig welsh raw heather honey.”

The Awards are sponsored by Fortnum & Mason and are proud to raise money for palliative care around the world. This year’s key beneficiary is once again Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland, and to date the Awards have raised well over £220,000 for palliative care around the world.

Pantri Swswen make luxury welsh preserves, cakes and hampers which are perfect for gifting !

If you would like to stock our preserves, cakes and food hampers, include our luxury foods in your welcome hampers, give as gifts or simply want to find a stockist near you please do get in touch.

As featured in local newspaper County Times

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Rhubarb Chutney – Welsh and Spiced

Rhubarb Chutney

Spiced Welsh Rhubarb Chutney entered in the International Cheese Awards cheese accompaniments section in 2017 and a new addition to our luxury chutney collection. A late spring early summer crop Welsh rhubarb, rich with dates, warm spices and made using a locally produced welsh cider vinegar. It was a hit with the panel of judges and we were delighted to be rewarded with a Bronze 2017 ICA Award.

Spiced Welsh Rhubarb Chutney
2017 Bronze ICA Award Cheese Accompaniment

A perfect partner to a mature cheddar Spiced Rhubarb Chutney is a tasty, tart and fruity addition to your cheese selection or grazing board. It’s quickly established itself as a firm favourite accompaniment for your festive food celebrations. Also a regularly featured seasonal chutney in our gift pack trios and luxury preserve hampers.

The International Cheese Awards accompaniment section in 2017 was a relatively new section for the globally renowned cheese competition. The section has since become so successful they launched their Cheese Board Awards in 2021 for everything that goes with cheese.

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World Marmalade Awards 2017 – Lemon and Welsh Vodka Marmalade – Silver

World Marmalade Awards 2017 

We were awarded a silver roundel for our Lemon and Welsh Vodka Marmalade 2017 entry.  It’s our take on Limoncello and is made with whole fruit organic lemons and a generous slug of Pederyn V Vodka.  It’s hand cut, hand stirred and made using the open pan method.  We make it this way to preserve the unmistakable lemon flavour and is further enhanced with a delicious welsh vodka.

The World’s Original Marmalade Award judges commented on its fresh lemon flavour finishing with a good kick of vodka.  A super response resulting in a Silver Award in the Artisan Marmalade Maker section.  It’s another brilliant award for us to add to our list of World Marmalade Award winning preserves!  

Lemon and Welsh Vodka Marmalade World Marmalade Awards
The Worlds Original Marmalade Awards

If you’d like to know more about our award winning marmalade, chutneys, conserves, preserves, cakes and how to get your hands on them please do visit our shop , drop us a line or give us a call, we’d really love to hear from you!

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In Store Food Tasting

In store food tasting events

In store food tasting and meet the producer events are set up to take place within your retail outlets.  We can visit your store and set up a small pop-up taster station and engage with you customers for a few hours during your normal trading times.  Or, we can arrange samples for you to set up your own in-house taster event.  They’re are the perfect way to introduce our products to your customers.  They also offer the opportunity to sample new products and pair and up sell with other lines.

Derwen Farm Shop

We recently held local events and held an event in the busy retail outlet Derwen Farm Shop in Guilsfield.

Our tasting events are the perfect way for us to introduce Pantri Swswen to your Farm Shop and Delicatessen customers.  We get to talk about our luxury welsh products that we’ re so passionate about.  You get the chance to connect your customers to great welsh local food producers.

Meet the Producer Event Guilsfield Powys
Pantri Swswen Meet the Producer at Derwen Farm Shop Guilsfield

Cultivate Deli

We’ve also held successful taster events for Cultivate based in Newtown.  Originally situated in Glanhafren Market Hall.  They’ve recently moved to 13 High Street and have created a real hub for local producers there.

in store food tasting
In Store Food Tasting Events

We’re keen to engage with new trade customers to help you establish a loyal customer base for our luxury products 

Get in touch if you’d like to stock Pantri Swswen on your shelves and set up an event or sampling for your customers taste our delicious welsh luxury preserves and cakes.

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Artisan Marmalade

Artisan Marmalade – The Worlds Original Marmalade Awards 2016

We entered The Worlds Original Marmalade Awards in March 2016.  It was a very exciting moment for us even as experienced marmalade makers.  Having established Pantri Swswen in 2012 and after terrific comments from our customers we decided to enter our artisan marmalade for global judging. It was a decision to enter the awards that certainly didn’t disappoint!  Our entry was very successful and our Welsh Cider and Seville Orange Marmalade gained a Silver Award in 2016.    It didn’t take very much encouragement from the organisers to get us to visit the competition setting.  We soon decided to take a road trip to Dalemain Mansion in beautiful Cumbria to celebrate.  It was a great chance to check out this amazing world marmalade competition for ourselves.






A little bit of history about the awards.  These quirky awards were founded in 2005 by Jane Hasell-McCosh who had an idea to preserve grow and widen one of the most British of customs of making marmalade.
“The Awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion which is a stately Georgian home and has been lived in by the same family for over 300 years.

The Worlds Original Marmalade Awards competition is fierce and we were delighted with the accolade from the competition.   We have since entered the marmalade awards many times and awarded bronze through to  gold for our delicious welsh marmalade.  Visiting Dalemain Mansion is always a pleasure and we always look forward to the excitement of entering the awards in March.  We highly recommend a visit to the Marmalade Awards with the festival supported and extending throughout the local area and the town of Penrith.



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Welsh Food Brand

Welsh Food Brand

Launching our new branding and range of products proved a great hit at the event at Coleg Powys on 12th March 2013.  We give a special thanks to the Newtown based Ontrac team .  This is for all of their wonderful support in developing our gorgeous logo and welsh food brand design.

Welsh Food Brand

Lovely comments from Sian Lloyd at the event about our cakes and preserves.  Sian is a real champion of local welsh food.  She said to My Newtown at the event:  “I love cooking and really support the ‘piggy-backing’ of one local producer to another.  The College farm to the kitchen, and, for example, Hilltop Honey to Pantri Swswen cakes, they taste so wonderful.  It’s lovely that the students are encouraged in this way.”

Welsh food brand
Pantri Swswen welsh food branding with Lizzie Jones and Sian Lloyd

Photo Credit

We give a special thanks to Joyce Jones Photography for capturing the moment on the day.

The event was arranged through the Coleg with local tourist attractions, hoteliers, restaurants, tourist accommodation and retail outlets in attendance.  Local welsh food producers displayed their products and were able to talk directly to outlets.  With the talented Coleg team of staff and students showcasing their skills, support and the enthusiasm for local welsh food.

Welsh Government Support

Cywain is a support project delivered through Mentr a Busnes assisted us to develop the brand.  They have provided us with support to growing the business.  Their Regional Development Manager helped with our latest branded booklet for our range of luxury hampers and multi-packs.

Fast forward to 2020, support from Welsh Government has seen further growth in the business.  We were privileged to feature as a case study for Superfast Business Wales.   The coverage has promoted our business as a growing welsh food brand.  We are continually thankful for the support provided by the Welsh Government.

Welsh Food
Superfast Business Wales Case Study