Diversification is the key to our successes

Tom and Gill Mellor receiving their award
Tom and Gill Mellor receiving their award

Multi-award winning Wold Top Brewery has done it again.

They have just picked up another award, this time not for their range of beers but range of different ways they have grown their farm business. Wold Newton based owners and directors Tom and Gill Mellor won the Diversification Farmer of the Year award in the large business category at the national British Farming Awards.

Judges were impressed with the variety of businesses including Agricola Bottling and Muddy Soul events, and said: “Tom and Gill Mellor are making use of everything the farm has got along with all their attributes, skills and personalities, and in a unique manner. We particularly liked the fact people could have a beer with their own labels for weddings on the farm.”

Gill Mellor said: “It’s brilliant, we are really thrilled. This award will be hugely important to our staff who are fantastic and the absolute key to running a successful business.”

The 2014 British Farming Awards are designed to celebrate the best in British farming innovation.

The national awards dinner, held in Droitwitch, was attended by almost 500 farmers and industry representatives who enjoyed a locally sourced meal followed by an after dinner speech by Falklands War veteran Simon Weston. It comes hot on the heels of news they won the contract to supply Morrisons supermarkets with a selection of their home brewed bottled ales. Wold Top brews traditional real ale from home. Agricola Bottling launched in 2010 and is a bottling plant that processes and bottles many different beers and ales for small to medium size breweries in Yorkshire and beyond and Muddy Souls Events takes advantage of Hunmanby Grange’s stunning top of the Wolds location to create a unique wedding and party venue.