MINEHEAD-based tea and coffee specialist DJ Miles has secured the rights to supply food and drink to the EDF Energy’s Hinkley C project.

DJ Miles tea and coffee is one of the founding members of a Somerset group of caterers called the Somerset Larder, which has been working closely with West Somerset Council to secure the interim catering contract for the proposed new nuclear power station.

Council leader Cllr Tim Taylor said: “This is a major and significant achievement and shows how successful we can be by working together.

“As a council we have worked hard to maximise the opportunities afforded by the proposed development at Hinkley Point C and will continue to do so for the benefit of West Somerset.”

Paul Marsh, director of Miles Tea and Coffee said: “This is a phenomenal achievement for small local companies to be associated with a project of this magnitude. “It shows that EDF Energy does genuinely want to support local food and drink producers – it will be of real long term benefit for jobs and the area.”

Other founding members of the Somerset Larder consortium include Cricketer Farm, Pyne’s the Butchers, Taylor Shaw, Gundenham Dairy, Cossey’s Fruit and Vegetables and Mortmer’s Bakery.