- The winners of Blas na h-Éireann Irish Food Awards have been announced, with a fresh crab meat from Kerry being named the country's Supreme Champion
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The awards attracted over 2,000 entries from across Ireland, and prizes were awarded for 100 categories with products having been judged over the course of three weeks by 400 judges.
The Best Artisan Award, sponsored by An Bord Bia, was awarded to Bainne Codhladh of Kanturk Co Cork for its Lullaby Milk, which contains naturally high levels of melatonin to help with sleep, and the Supreme Champion title was given to Quinlan’s Fish, based in Caherciveen, Co. Kerry, for its fresh crabmeat.
Liam Quinlan of Quinlan’s Fish said, “We are absolutely thrilled. We have four premium fish shops as well as three seafood bars supplying our produce direct from tide to table. My father, Michael, started the business 52 years ago and it has been 52 years of hard work since then.
“This is the biggest award and honour we have ever received and I hope it shows that quality always shines through.”
Artie Clifford, chairman of Blas na h-Éireann said, “This year we saw a rise in the entries in several categories like beers, coffee, and dietary-specific products and, once again the judges faced a challenge in selecting the very best.
“For the winners, I wish them very well as they go forward with these awards to their name.”
Other winners include:
Best New Product (Sponsored by Invest NI): Wild Irish Foragers of Birr, Co. Offaly for Honeysuckle Shrub
Best Export Opportunity Award (Sponsored by Pan Euro Foods): Hannan Meats of Moira, Co. Armagh
Best Start-Up (Sponsored by AIB): Cornude Popcorn: Cornude Artisan Popcorn of Dublin
Best Seafood Innovation (Sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara): Kinsale Fare Limited, Co. Cork for Hake in a Mild Yellow Curry
Rogha na Gaeltachta/Best Emerging Producer in Gaeltacht area: Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella of Cill na Martra.
Best Packaging Innovation Award (UCC School Food Nutritional Sciences): Dingle Brewing Company of Dingle, Co. Kerry
Producers’ Champion 2015: Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture and Food
A full list of winners can be found on the Irish Food Awards website here
Image: Don MacMonagle
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