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British Artisan 

Mikes Homemade is delighted to have teamed up with Susie Keenan, co-founder and Director of Brown and Green to create a bespoke and exciting new range of chutneys and preserves - the British Artisan range. 

Susie has been chief taster, after approaching me about making the range, they are presented in beautiful globe jars and simply labelled with the Union Jack in pride of place on the lid. 
I worked tirelessly with Susie, adapting recipe after recipe till each product was perfected and the range complete. Susie and I have worked closely together on every element of the development and we are both very proud of the results - the proof of the pudding will of course be in the eating, so we hope people will enjoy them! 
Susie explains the background of the British Artisan brand: 
 
“I had been mulling over the idea of a quality ‘own branded’ range for sometime, but essential to me was the total transparency for the customer in terms of who and where the products are made, and also to support genuine small and artisan producers. There are so many farm shops and garden centres which stock own label goods, but provide no honest information about where those products are made and who makes them. This leads me to think they are probably mass produced, and not that unique at all. That is not what Brown and Green is about, we believe our customers are very interested in who, where, how and why their food and drink is made - we certainly are! We are passionate about the integrity of our produce, and supporting and celebrating local and artisan food and drink producers." 
 
"British Artisan has been launched as our own umbrella brand for unique, British products, made by hand by small producers. Mike from Mike’s Homemade has been a pleasure to work since we met when Brown and Green opened, and we are delighted to be working closely with him and developing both our businesses.” 
The range is exclusive to Brown and Green and our partners Blue Diamond, and is currently available at Brown and Green’s Trentham, Derby & Newent stores - as well as within the new food department within Trentham Garden Centre - 
Im very proud to of worked with Susie, she also has been a pleasure to work with and I have enjoyed, putting my chef hat on, to develop a range that is completely different from my main range, I feel we are like minded as we are both passionate about good food, with a definitive identity. 
So if you're in any of the Brown & Green Stores or Blue Diamonds Garden Centre, make sure you pick up some British Artisan.