With the global spotlight firmly focused on Cornwall, this short film by Cornwall Trade and Investment, dives into the local stories behind Cornwall’s award-winning food and drink industry.
Narrated by and starring Cornwall-based Michelin Star Chef Paul Ainsworth, the film showcases some of the incredible ingredients, suppliers and produce that the region is now famous for.
Already home to leading, sustainable farm-to-table practices, companies within the region are now looking at ways they can further reduce their environmental impact across the supply chain - particularly seeking carbon neutral modes of exportation and transportation. Chocolate, coffee and rum are now all arriving in the region by sail as businesses work towards a greener way of exporting their products.
Combining responsible farming and fishing with carbon neutral transporting of goods, as Cornwall’s food and drink market continues to grow, so does the innovation behind it.
Cornish Seasalt: Cornish Sea Salt was set up to bridge the ancient and modern worlds. Production is still
inspired by the original methods of harvesting the goodness of the ocean. They are one of very few sea
salt companies harvesting from open waters, more specifically the protected waters of the Atlantic lapping
at the shores of The Lizard, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. During the past year the
company has seen a huge increase in their export market - now exporting to over 33 countries across the
Chocolarder: Chocolarder is one of the only small-bath bean-to-bar makers in the country. They produce
sustainable chocolate which is transported using wind power - with the company shipping as many beans
this way as possible from each year's harvest. New Horizons Traders, who offer this transportation
service, load the cocoa from the farmers directly into their hold for journey back to Falmouth, Cornwall,
the chocolate is then exported in the same way where possible. They work with farmers across the globe
paying them directly for their produce.
Scilly Spirit Distillery Island Gin: At the most south westerly point of the UK, husband and wife team, Arthur & Hilary Miller established their Scilly Spirit Distillery on St Mary’s island, in the enchanting archipelago, the Isles of Scilly. From the initial idea, back in the Spring of 2017, they were finally able to start at their distillery in May 2019, and impressively were receiving awards within weeks of releasing their initial “Island Gin”, as their truly striking bottle was awarded “Winner – Best Design Packaging in Spirits” for the UK in the Drinks Business Awards on 21st May 2019.
Roddas: A cornerstone of Cornwall’s food offering Rodda’s clotted cream has been aade by the same family for five generations with milk that comes from within 30 miles of the creamery. Roddas have been exporting to a global market for many years. The company has put a big focus on reducing their environmental impact - working hard to remove 2.5 tonnes of plastic out of their business in the past two years and reducing food waste by 75% in the last 3 years.