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Family Firms Celebrate The Cream Tea!

23rd May 2019 Paul Andrews

Rodda's Clotted Cream and Wilkin and Son Tiptree the purveyors of simple jam and cream pleasures – are calling on the nation to host a cream tea in the name of charitable fundraising.

So, whether you serve your scone with jam or cream first, everyone’s invited to come together to raise money for a worthy cause of their choosing and help to celebrate the nation's fifth ‘National Cream Tea Day’.

The Cream Tea Society was official formed in February 2015, when Tiptree and Rodda's Clotted Cream came together to creating an official occasion to bring people together over a cream tea. With both organisations dedicated to community giving and also large supporters of various charitie, the idea for National Cream Tea Day was born - a day dedicated to the love of cream teas whilst raising money for worthy causes. 

Now in its fifth year, National Cream Tea Day is considered a global success. 2018 saw #NationalCreamTeaDay officially trending on Twitter with the likes of Dawn French, Nigella Lawson and Ant & Dec jumping in the ‘jam first’ debate. Even Grant Harrold – the Royal Butler – cast his ‘cream first’ vote. 

Fruit growers and producers of good food, Wilkin & Sons Ltd have been making Strawberry Conserve in the village of Tiptree since 1885.  Their farms in the heart of the Essex countryside provide a rich harvest of soft fruit such as the famous Little Scarlet strawberry, stone fruit (cherries, damsons and Victoria plums) and a selection of unusual fruits that make amazing jams and jellies (quince, medlar and mulberries). 

The jam making business started by Mr Arthur Charles Wilkin in June 1885 has evolved and expanded with Tiptree preserves being enjoyed in more than sixty countries, on major airlines, first class hotels and on cruise liners.  You are never far from a jar of Tiptree and a reminder of the rich tradition of English summer fruit, perfect for afternoon tea. 

Traditional methods supported by sophisticated equipment ensure that the quality of the fruit entering the factory is kept to the highest standard: all fruit is checked by hand before it is processed, oranges are still split by hand and the delicate mulberries each have the central core removed by a small team of dedicated ladies who cut the cores with tiny scissors.

As for Rodda's, it was back in 1890 when great-great-grandmother Eliza Jane Rodda started making Cornish clotted cream in her farmhouse kitchen in the heart of Cornwall.  The business, now in its fifth generation, is still crafting clotted cream in the very same way it did all those years ago; through cherished family recipes and time-honored traditions.

Clotted cream is so special it has become a treasured Cornish export. 

Following a long five-year campaign spearheaded by the Rodda family, Cornish clotted cream gained Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status in 1998 to join the prestigious ranks of Champagne, Stilton cheese and Parma ham.

Rodda's use the very best Cornish milk, which is sourced from directly from Cornish farmers within a 30-mile radius of our Creamery. It gives our cream that rich golden colour.

Rodda’s is now considered the most loved clotted cream brand in the world, being enjoyed from Land’s End to John O’ Groats and as far away as Australia and Asia.’

As Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United adds, "The cream tea is a quintessentially British 'thing' that is now enjoyed the world over.  The fact that two great British family businesses have come together to promote the day is fantastic and to see so many people supporting charities and raising funds for charitable causes each year by hosting cream tea's around the country is even better."

"What a great day and a great way to enjoy scones with jam and cream and raise money at the same time."

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