“Ensuring that we are conserving shellfish supplies is vitally important for all our futures.”
Leslie A Parsons & Sons Ltd won the Contribution to Sustainable Development (C2SD) award at this year’s True Taste Awards.
True Taste Wales Food and Drink Awards launched a ‘Contribution to sustainable development’ (C2SD) award in 2007. Recognising the challenges faced by industry the True Taste commissioned Ecodesign Centre Wales to develop this first-of-a-kind award.
Leslie A Parsons & Sons Ltd produce a range of pickled and canned shellfish, laverbread and traditional pickles. The company has been established in Wales for nearly 60 years and are the only British manufacturer of cockles and mussels in vinegar.
Parsons Pickles have been recognised because they have demonstrated the role that they can play in shellfish conservation and the long-term sustainability of the cockle beds. Ensuring that they, and others, do not over-harvest the beds is critical to the company.
They work closely with the South Wales Sea Fish Committee , Carmarthen Council, CCW and all relevant authorities to protect the cockle beds of South and North Wales.
The Burry Inlet has the only cockle beds in the world with the seal of approval from the Marine Conservation Society, which recognises the need for sustainable harvesting.
The company is securing customers throughout the UK through deli, local food shops and a range of supermarkets.
Their plans for the future include a major investment in design and brand development and continuing to work collaboratively to protect more of Welsh cockle beds. These activities ensure continuity of supply coupled with sustaining their own business interests and the environment.