Bord Bia Food & Drink Awards 2017

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Bord Bia Food & Drink Awards 2017

Bord Bia Food & Drink Awards 2017

The Bord Bia Food and Drink Awards are designed to celebrate success in our industry and showcase excellence in Irish food and drink marketing.

There are seven categories to enter:

  • Branding Award
  • Consumer Insight Award
  • Digital Marketing Award
  • Entrepreneurial Award
  • Export Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Sustainability Award

The awards are open to all food and drink products manufactured in Ireland, who are verified members of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Programme.

Key Dates for Bord Bia’s Food & Drink Awards 2017

  • Closing Date for Entries – Friday, 8th September 2017 at 5pm
  • Awards Ceremony – Wednesday, 29th November 2017 at 12 noon in the RDS Concert Hall, Dublin 4

Overall Eligibility

Companies must be in business for a minimum of two fiscal years, with a minimum turnover of €100,000.

  • The Awards are open to companies that produce and market products and to those who operate directly from the Republic of Ireland. Products that have been imported or rebranded and repackaged are not eligible to enter the Bord Bia Awards.
  • Entrants must be either verified members of Origin Green or have submitted a plan to become a member of Origin Green.
  • Where a Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme exists (Bacon, Beef, Chicken, Duck, Eggs, Fruit, Lamb, Pork, Turkey and Vegetables) for the core product, it must be Quality Assured.
  • Companies may enter multiple categories, but each entry must be tailored to meet the criteria for the specific category. Bord Bia reserves the right to re-assign an entry to another category if deemed more appropriate.
  • Applications containing inadequate financial details will not be accepted.

Tips for Entering Bord Bia’s Food & Drink Awards 2017

  • Ensure that your application is clear and concise. Remember the judges are looking at a considerable amount of entries. You need to make an instant impact to stand out.
  • To start, closely review all entry categories available and determine which is appropriate for your business.
  • If relevant and you believe you have a winning entry, you should enter multiple categories. However please note that there are different criteria for each category (These are available on the website and in the Awards Brochure).
  • Entries should relate to activities that took place in 2015 and 2016.
  • Take time to complete your submission. A considerable amount of thought is needed when deciding which information tells the best story.
  • Read the entry criteria for each category to understand what the Judges will be looking for. Refer to the Award Criteria to make sure each point is addressed.
  • Remember to market your company. Include samples of publicity material, press cuttings and other relevant material. However, do not overload judges with material. Only include what you feel will illustrate your results, soft copies of which can be sent to Awards@BordBia.IE with the subject line clearly stating your company name and category entered.
  • Prepare your submission on a word document first before pasting it onto the online form and entering. This will allow you to double check it. Presentation is key—use spellcheck several times before submitting your entry online.
  • Why not ask someone external to your company to proof read your entry and see if it makes sense to them.
  • Where possible, use bullet points to make it easier for Judges to read.
  • Ensure that you meet the deadline date (Friday, 8th September at 5pm).
  • Keep within the stated word count under each heading.

Best of Luck!