Big award success tasted by little food company

Lindsey Anderson, left, and Michelle Wilkinson
Lindsey Anderson, left, and Michelle Wilkinson

A tiny Fife company producing speciality vinegar has seen off the big boys to win a prestigious Quality Food Award.

The Little Herb Company faced the might of Tesco and Asda to take the award at a glittering ceremony in London.

It’s an early success for Lindsey Anderson and Michelle Wilkinson, who only took the business on in April. Since then, as well as developing and producing their range of flavoured vinegars, they have been concentrating on establishing a new brand for the company.

“We were completely surprised to be short-listed and astounded to actually win,” Lindsey said, adding she believed it signalled a growing trend of consumers moving away from supermarket produce in favour of local, artisan fare.

“The support we receive from local people is fantastic but it was super to have some industry experts like our vinegar too!” she added.

The two friends, who met at the school gate, operate between their homes in St Andrews and Pittenweem, where they spend their time at the kitchen table boiling fine white wine vinegar with their locally-sourced herbs and fruit, before cooling and bottling, labelling and date stamping.