Eastbourne company celebrates sweet taste of success

John and Mary from Stratta with Stephen Lloyd
John and Mary from Stratta with Stephen Lloyd

EASTBOURNE-BASED fine food producer Stratta has just won a national award and welcomed MP Stephen Lloyd into their home to share in their excitement.

The MP visited Mary and John from Stratta to taste the sweet raspberry vinegar and to see the Golden Fork Award.

The awards are run by the Guild of Fine Foods and Stratta’s delicious vinegar beat almost 7,500 other entrants to secure the title of the Best Ambient Product in the whole of the UK.

Stratta produces sweet fruit vinegars and infused olive oils from their home in Old Town and have been doing so for more than seven years.

They have stalls at many of the local farmers’ markets and food fairs and also distribute to some delis and farm shops.

Their produce is even used by Michelin starred chef, Robert Thompson.

Mary Stratton from Stratta said, “It is an amazing feeling to have such recognition for our hard work and love that we put into making all of our produce at Stratta. Having had such glowing comments from the judges, who included Charles Campion and Antonio Carluccio, we are delighted that our local MP is showing such support for our small family run business.”

Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, added, “I am so pleased at Mary and John’s success.

“They’ve been friends of mine ever since I first moved to Eastbourne, so I know just how hard they’ve worked to win this prestigious award.

“Another example of Eastbourne leading the way.”