THE Individual Cake Company has been chosen as the favourite Manx Brand in the Manx Food Heroes Awards, organised by Shoprite in association with the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture and Isle of Man Newspapers.
As well as a certificate, they also receive Shoprite vouchers and a dinner for two at Michelin Guide listed local restaurant Macfarlane’s. The award, which was decided by a public vote, featured all 21 of the companies that originally entered the awards.
The Individual Cake Company was founded by mother and son duo Lynda and Matthew Maney in September 2010 and operates from a base in Noble’s Park Café in Douglas. They produce a range of handcrafted cupcakes as well as special occasion and large cakes and always use only local ingredients where possible. Variants include chocolate, coffee and vanilla, carrot cake and ‘red velvet’ and they also offer dairy and gluten free versions.
The company takes telephone orders and delivers island-wide. Their range of cakes are stock items at Shoprite’s Douglas store in Victoria Road and are available at Tynwald Mills on Thursdays. They will soon be available from the new-look Shoprite store in Port Erin within the fresh marketplace.
Other winners in the 2011 Manx Food Heroes included Apple Orphanage, who won the ‘Most Original Idea’ category, Greeba Mushrooms, who were judged the ‘Best Large Company’ and Brassica Foods, who produce Ellerslie Rapeseed Oil and who, along with Laxey Glen Flour, jointly took the ‘Best Small Company’ title. The Original Manx Fudge Factory and Wagstaffe’s Coffee were judged the best Food and Drink entries respectively. The presentations were made by Shoprite’s chief executive, Andrew Thomas, and John Shimmin MHK, Minister for the Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture, in a reception at DEFA’s headquarters in St John’s.
The competition was designed to highlight the excellent quality and variety of locally produced goods, and the benefit to the local economy of buying from Manx domiciled companies.
Andrew Thomas, chief executive of Shoprite, said: ‘I’m delighted that the Individual Cake Company was voted as the favourite Manx brand by the public as they are exactly the type of company that we were looking to encourage when we established the awards. They are displaying real entrepreneurial spirit and creating great quality locally produced food.’