Artisan food business marks first birthday with distributor appointment

A North Yorkshire based premium rapeseed oil business has appointed a distributor as its first year of trading ends.

Charlie & Ivy’s director, Adam Palmer chose The Cress Company to extend distribution of its dipping oils and mayonnaise outside its Yorkshire heartland after meeting the team at the Farm Shop and Deli exhibition earlier this year.

Of the partnership, Mr Palmer said: “The Cress Company is a country wide distributor which gives us great scope to get the Charlie & Ivy’s range stocked in farm shops and delis nationwide.

“We are really excited to have secured this listing with them and we look forward to growing the business together.”

 The Cress Company’s buyer, Nikki Castley is equally pleased with the relationship: “Charlie & Ivy’s is a refreshing new brand with exciting flavour combinations and fabulous packaging. It complements our existing portfolio of artisan brands very well and we’re very confident that it will sell well.”

The brainchild of Yorkshire Wolds farmers Adam and Jennie Palmer, Charlie & Ivy’s is a range of 17 British rapeseed oil based gourmet dipping oils, dressings and mayonnaise that are designed for home entertaining.

Charlie & Ivy’s Smoked Garlic and Black Peppercorn Bread Dipper was recently awarded Best Savoury Condiment at the deliciouslyorkshire and Yorkshire Post Taste Awards.

The brand, which also lends itself to the gifting market, is named after Jennie and Adam Palmers’ two young children, Charlie, aged five and Ivy, aged two.

The Palmers have been cold-pressing, bottling and labelling cold pressed extra virgin rapeseed oil on their farm, near Malton, North Yorkshire for eight years. They have won numerous awards for the quality of their products, including Two Gold Stars at the 2013 Great Taste Awards for Natural Rapeseed Oil.

The Charlie & Ivy’s range is also available online at and through independent retailers nationwide. Call Charlie& Ivy’s on 01759 369573 or email for a list of stockists.