Made in Northants group celebrates fifth birthday

Northamptonshire food and drink group Made In Northamptonshire (MIN) has celebrated its fifth anniversary.

More than 100 members of MIN attended the event at Beckworth Emporium, Mears Ashby on January 25, including local producers, food retailers and restaurateurs, who enjoyed a specially-designed, gluten-free birthday cake made by MIN member Vicky Robertson of The Happy Little Cake Company.

MIN's fifth birthday cake

The Happy Little Cake Company’s specially made celebration cake

MIN was set up by Rachel Mallows of The Mallows Company who, through her role as director of the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards, recognised that providing collaborative working opportunities to the sector could bring a boost for the county.

The group produces an annual directory that lists more than 100 products and drinks made in Northants – including meats, pies, cakes, chocolates, beers and wines – and venues across the county where they can be sourced. It also operates a logo scheme.

Among those to speak about how their membership had been beneficial to their business was Simon Varney of Moulton Fruit & Veg in Northampton and Phil Saxby of Saxby’s Cider in Irchester.

For more details about MIN or for a free copy of the directory, please contact Rachel at The Mallows Company on 01933 664437 or email

The author:

Jane lives just outside Uppingham in Rutland with her family. She loves eating out, home cooking, dabbles in a bit of sewing and is at her happiest sitting on the terrace in the sunshine relaxing with a perfectly made gin and tonic!