The National Organic Awards, held every two years in association with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The event marks a true celebration of the best of Irish Organic food as a wide selection of produce from all over the country are represented in the awards.
The 2018 National Organic Awards took place on October 10th in the Bord Bia head office.
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 in 2018 – 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 the 2018 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 highlighted in blue
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
• 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
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
• 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
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
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