National Organic Awards shortlisted entries announced
Awards to take place on October 10th
Bord Bia has announced the twenty entries that have been shortlisted for The National Organic Food Awards 2018 taking place on Wednesday, 10th October. The shortlist represents the wide selection of organic food and drink products available through an increasing variety of consumer channels including foodservice, retail, direct sales and export.
Hosted every second year by Bord Bia; in association with the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, The National Organic Food Awards celebrate developments in the sector across key categories as judged by a panel of experts. A new award in 2018 highlights the sustainability achievements and contributions of organic producers to their local communities.
Speaking about this year’s Awards Karen Tyner, Senior Manager, Food and Beverage, Bord Bia said: ‘The Irish organic market is currently valued at over €200 million and the global export market is set to jump in value to €224 billion by 2022. Innovative products are continuing to contribute to growth in the sector and consumers are seeking more opportunities to choose organic. These awards recognise producers and manufacturers whose products differentiate themselves in the marketplace to meet this growing consumer demand both at home and internationally.’
The shortlisted entrants were selected from the following categories: Chefs’ Choice Award, Retail Award, Direct Selling Award, Export Award, Best New & Innovative Product Award and the newly added Business in the Community Award. Among the key judging criteria for this year’s Awards were taste and quality, market opportunity, value for money, packaging and branding, versatility, and ability to overcome market challenges.
Winners will receive a tailored support package to a significant value from Bord Bia to assist in growing their businesses.
The judging panel for this year’s awards comprises a cross section from foodindustry, academia, media and hospitality as follows: Evan Doyle, Brooklodge, Dr. Oliver Moore, Irish Examiner Journalist, UCC Lecturer and Organic Expert; Gillian Nelis, Sunday Business Post; Frank Bardet - Sourcing Director Biocoop France.
Shortlist for the national Organis Food Awards 2018:
1. Chefs’ Choice Award
- Regan Organic Produce Whole Duck – Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford
- Irish Country Meats Organic Lamb Burger – Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
- Riversfield Organic Farm Cherry Tomato Mix – Callan, Co. Kilkenny
2. Retail Award
- Good Herdsmen Organic Half Leg of Lamb – Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
- Dunnes Stores Organic Irish Heirloom Tomatoes, produced by Marc Michel Organic Life- Kilpedder, Co. Wicklow
- Mulberry Meadow Farm Living Oriental Organic Salad – Listinny, Co. Monaghan
- Mulberry Meadow Farm My Organics Supergreen Mix – Listinny, Co. Monaghan
- Wrights of Howth Irish Organic Smoked Salmon – Howth, Co. Dublin
3. Direct Selling Award
- Highbank Organic Orchards & Distillery Sack No 3 Pommeau 2016 – Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny
- Ballinrostig Organic Cheese Nettle and Garlic Cream Cheese – Whitegate, Co. Cork
- Ballymore Organic Farm Stoneground Wholemeal flour – Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare
4. Export Award
- Burren Smokehouse Smoked Irish Organic Salmon with Seaweed – Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
- The Little Milk Company Organic Cashel Blue – Dungarvan, Co. Waterford / (Cashel Blue Cheese makers - Tipperary)
- Golden Irish Organic Eggs – Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
5. New & Innovative Product
- The Merry Mill Organic Gluten Free Oat Flour – Vicarstown, Co. Laois
- Highbank Organic Orchards & Distillery Apple Balsamic Vinegar - Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny
- Beechlawn Organic Farm Curly Kale in compostable bio bag – Ballinasloe Co. Galway
6. Business in the Community
- Dunany Organic Farm Flour – Togher, Co. Louth
- Slí Eile Housing Community Organic Farm – Mallow, Co. Cork
- Green Earth Organics Irish Veg Box – Corrandulla, Co. Galway
- 3rd September: Deadline for applications.
- 11th September: Deadline for delivery of products
- 12th September: Judging Day
- 20th & 21st September: Photography of shortlisted entrants
- 10th October: Award Ceremony & Brunch (Bord Bia)
Rules of Entry
- The objective of the National Organic Awards is to recognise the achievements of Irish manufacturers of organic food and drink. Criteria will therefore be strictly adhered to, as follows:
- Product must be grown or manufactured in the Republic of Ireland ie: repackaged product is not acceptable
- Raw material (e.g. all meat and fish) must be sourced in Ireland where possible
- Products must be certified as organic by IOFGA, Organic Trust, Global Trust or equivalent and certification must be available on request.
- Retailers may submit private label products, however, producer details will need to be included and the associated value of prize would be for producer.
- Judges or their related business cannot enter the awards.
- All products must be available on the market at time of submission for Judging.
- A single product may only be entered in a maximum of 2 categories.
- The awards organisers reserve the right to place entries in whichever category they deem most appropriate.
- Producers / company representative must be available to attend the awards ceremony on 10th October. If their products are short listed, they must also be available to attend advance photography sessions in Dublin on 20th or 21st September.