Marmalade masters – jam and pickle duo taste international success once again

Darren and Tess

Ludlow Food Centre’s marmalade makers are celebrating for the ninth year in a row after scooping three awards at this year’s Dalemain Marmalade Awards.

Darren Marsh and Tess Slater, who have been perfecting pickles, jams and preserves together since 2008, won a Silver award for Lady Windsor’s Rich Seville Orange Marmalade, Bronze for their Lemon and Lime Marmalade and Merit for their Medium Cut Seville Orange Marmalade.

Tess said: “To win 3 awards against thousands of other competitors from across the globe is a real honour. We continue to win awards year on year and, despite us not winning a Gold award this time round, we continue to innovate and create exciting products which we hope will win another in the very near future.

“The Awards have grown substantially since we first started competing, so we are delighted that our products are still worthy of these great awards, giving our products an important seal of approval from seasoned marmalade tasters.”

Jon Edwards, Managing Director at Ludlow Food Centre, added: “We are so lucky to have such skilled artisans not only in our Jams & Pickles team, but across the entire business. The passion, dedication and skill that goes in to each of Ludlow Food Centre’s products is second to none, and I’m delighted that Tess and Darren – and their marmalades – have once again been given the recognition they deserve.”

The ‘World’s Original Marmalade Awards’ take place at Dalemain Mansion, near Penrith, Cumbria every year. This February it celebrated its 12th anniversary, receiving near 3,000 entries, with some from as far afield as South Africa, Korea and Singapore.

For more information on Ludlow Food Centre’s jams, pickles and marmalades, visit, or more for more details on Dalemain’s annual marmalade awards, visit

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