Salami success

Eight months after launching Trealy Farm Charcuterie, the small business in Mitchel Troy, Monmouthshire has won two silver awards for its salami and sausages at the Welsh Assembly Government's True Taste Awards.

Trealy Farm's smoked, snack-sized salami and fresh Toulouse sausage, made with local pork, received high praise at the competition, to the delight of the two families - Waddington and Swift - who started the brand.

The families met at the Abergavenny Food Festival in 2005 and decided to set up in business together producing a range of British and Continental charcuterie products. These include speciality fresh sausages, dry cure bacons and hams and air-dried products rarely made in the UK such as salamis, hams and ready-to-eat smoked sausages like bratwurst and cabanos.

Director James Swift said: "We are all really pleased with what we have achieved in such a short space of time. In the new year we will be going out to Germany and Spain to learn about typical sausage and salami production and hopefully converting our ideas and influences into an extended range for 2007."