A Scotsman Takes Traditional Products Made in Transylvania to UK Supermarkets

saschizFood products made in the Transylvanian Saxon village of Saschiz could soon retail in UK supermarkets as Romanian manufacturer Pivnita Bunicii received the Global Food Safety standard by the British Retail Consortium, The Scotsman reports. The certification recognizes best practices in food production and allows the company to export its output, says Romania-Insider.com.

Transylvania Food Company, the maker of Pivnita Bunicii (Grandma’s Cellar) products, was established by Scotsman Jim Turnbull six years ago. The first preserves were made in Saschiz in 2006 but the plant was set up in early 2010. It makes a range of traditional local foods and drinks, such as jams, chutneys, wildflower honey, elder-flower cordials and preserves.

Up until now the products retailed in Romania, where they can be found in supermarkets, and at small farmers’ markets in the UK. They are also sold at the gift shop in Highgrove House, the private residence of Prince Charles. The British royal, who owns an 18th century guesthouse in the Transylvanian Saxon village of Viscri, visited the plant in 2012.

The village of Saschiz is home to a fortified church listed as an UNESCO world heritage site.

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