Winners of National Organic Awards 2018 announced
Wexford-based Irish Country Meats received the overall award at this year’s Bord Bia National Organic Awards 2018
The awards, which took place on October 10th in the Bord Bia head office, take place every second year in association with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The event marked a true celebration of the best of Irish Organic food as a wide selection of produce from all over the country was represented on the winning stage.
Following rigorous judging of over 200 entries, six organic food companies were selected as overall category winners. Awards were presented in categories including foodservice, retail, direct sales, innovation and export, and a new category to the competition this year – The Business in the Community Award.
The Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD said, “The quality of Irish organic produce entered for these awards highlights once again that Irish organic food is of a high quality and can readily compete on the world stage. Today is a celebration of the achievements of these individual companies and Irish organic food and drink as a whole. It’s a sector with a bright future and before the end of this year we will be publishing the strategy for its future development to the year 2025.”
Wexford-based Irish Country Meats, was the recipient of the Overall Award, which was accepted on behalf of the company by Managing Director, Joe Hyland. “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award today,” he said. “We take great pride in being the leading innovators and organic ambassadors in the lamb space in Europe but to be recognised in the home market in this way means a lot to us.” Irish Country Meats also took the Retail Award for its Good Herdsmen Organic Half Leg of Lamb. “The product was developed and marketed to meet with a new dynamic opportunity driven by consumer demand for an organic option,” said Mr. Hyland.
The MC for this year’s event was journalist and broadcaster, Helen Carroll and the awards were presented by Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD. This year’s judging panel included Evan Doyle, owner of The Brooklodge Hotel, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow; Frank Bardet – Sourcing Director for Biocoop France; Dr. Oliver Moore, Irish Examiner Journalist, and Gillian Nelis, Food Writer with The Sunday Business Post.
WINNERS OF THE NATIONAL ORGANIC FOOD AWARDS 2018:
1. CHEFS’ CHOICE AWARD
Riversfield Organic Farm, Callan, Co. Kilkenny.
Product: Cherry Tomato Mix
- RETAIL AWARD
Irish Country Meats– Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
Product: Good Herdsmen Organic Half Leg of Lamb
- DIRECT SELLING AWARD
Highbank Organic Orchards & Distillery, Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny.
Product: Sack No. 3 Pommeau vintage 2016
- EXPORT AWARD
The Little Milk Company, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
Product: Organic Cashel Blue cheese
- NEW & INNOVATIVE PRODUCT
Beechlawn Organic Farm, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.
Product: Curly Kale in compostable bio bag
- BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY
Slí Eile Housing Community Organic Farm, Mallow, Co. Cork
For any queries please email Organic@BordBia.IE