Chepstow marmalade to go on show at BBC event

7:07pm Thursday 12th June 2014

AN AWARD-winning Chepstow cook will be taking her firm to an international exhibition this week.

Angharad Underwood, who runs The Preservation Society from her Bulwark home, will be travelling up to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham to show off her products at the BBC Good Food Show from Thursday to Sunday.

And the business has won one of only four bursaries available to producers at the show.

She will be taking her assistant, Daryl Hoult, who secured his first job at the business last October through a placement with Jobs Growth Wales and was recently officially given an apprentice position.

And the mum of two, who started the business two years ago, said: “I think it’s great news. This is his first job and he’s really amenable.”

With Mr Hoult, The Preservation Society has been able to produce 4,000 to 4,500 jars of marmalade in the last three months to cope with demand. Each batch of marmalade they produce usually makes about 100 jars.

Mr Hoult, 21, who lives in Tutshill and is a former Chepstow School pupil, said he was enjoying his job, was particularly looking forward to the exhibition later this week and said his job is now akin to “a military operation”.

The business won a gold award for its produce from the world’s biggest marmalade festival last March.

The World’s Original Marmalade Awards Festival in Cumbria gave the commendation for The Preservation Society's Limey Lime Marmalade.

It is made by leaving sugar and limes to cook for about two hours, which is then left for six to eight weeks.

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