Gold Award in Global Marm Comp!

Official Press Release

Local marmalade producer Mama Bear has found success at the World Artisan Marmalade Awards, receiving a GOLD Award for their Island Orange (Seville Orange and Jamaican Rum) marmalade, proving it really is some of the best in the world!

A firm favourite with MB buyers and clearly the judges agreed! They were very impressed with the marmalade’s appearance, colour, consistency, aroma and flavour.

Despite the pandemic and multiple UK lockdowns, the Marmalade Awards received a record-breaking number of entries this year, with over 3000 jars from more than 30 countries worldwide including Japan, Canada, Australia, Kuwait and the Dominican Republic.

The Artisan Awards are judged by an expert panel including food writer Dan Lepard and Fortnum & Mason Grocery Buyer Sarah Metcalf, and this accolade denotes a marmalade of exceptional quality.  

Owner and artisan marmalade maker Meriesha says ‘I am so pleased to have won this award against such strong competition from all over the world. We have been making our marmalade for years and have always thought that it is some of the best marmalade I’ve ever tasted, so it’s nice to have the Award to prove it!’

Founder of the Awards Jane Hasell-McCosh says: ‘We have always been so proud to champion quality artisan producers, and this year it has been more important than ever. Small businesses have been hit incredibly hard by the pandemic, but I think it has made people realise how vital good, local food is, and I hope that Mama Bear will have huge success with their marmalade both locally and further afield. The quality of artisan marmalade has never been higher and I am so proud of our Award winners this year.’

Due to continuing restrictions, the Awards were not announcedin March as usual, and instead the winners were celebrated as part of the annualPlant Fair at Dalemain in June. Marmalade enthusiasts flocked to Dalemain totaste preserves from all over the world, see the winners announced and takepart in ‘Marmalade Question Times’ with the experts.


The Awards are sponsored by Fortnum & Mason andRathbones and are proud to raise money for palliative care around the world.This year’s key beneficiary is once again Hospice at Home Carlisle & NorthLakeland, and to date the Awards have raised over £270,000 for palliative carearound the world.


For more information about the Marmalade Awards visit