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Dairygold Crowned King at the 2018 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

Dairygold Crowned King at the 2018 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards
September 07
10:42 2018

Dairygold Food Ingredients was crowned company of the year at the 2018 Food & Drink Business Awards. The event, which celebrated the best of Irish manufacturing and the people behind the products, followed the Food & Drink Business Europe Conference and Exhibition. Both events were held recently at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

A total of 245 entries were received across 15 categories for the 2018 Awards. Dairygold Food Ingredients scooped the overall prize, winning the Food & Drink company of the year title and was presented with the accolade in front of a host of talented food and drink producers.

The Food Safety and Quality Initiative of the Year category was sponsored by EIQA, while the Food & Drink Innovation of the Year category was sponsored by Henderson Food Machinery.

BFree Foods won Gold in the Health & Wellness Product of the Year category.

Speaking about Dairygold’s win, John Whelan Chairman of Food and Drink Business Europe, who headed the judging panel, said: “Dairygold is a clear leader in the dairy industry, demonstrating its farsighted and technological advanced approach through its ‘Dairy Lean Farm’ programme- the first of its kind in Ireland. Dairygold has successfully applied this international management technique inside its business over the past five years. Its Advance 2020 lean programme, which was supported by Enterprise Ireland, has delivered improvements across a diverse range of the Society’s operations from Logistics, Manufacturing and Sales to Support Services and Administration. Dairygold continued last year to roll out the programme at farm level, as they see farmers are a key component of their dairy supply chain.’’

Tracey Carney, Organiser of the Food & Drink Business Awards, said: “ Innovation is key to driving growth and offering consumer value within the food sector in Ireland. These awards are unique in that they recognise the key industry players who are working hard at driving food production and manufacturing. The Food & Drink Business Awards recognise the most talented producers in the industry in Ireland.”

ALL THE WINNERS

Dairy Manufacturing Company of the Year

Dairygold Food Ingredients – Gold

Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers – Silver

North Cork Creameries – Bronze

Meat/Poultry/Fish Company of the Year

Manor Farm – Gold

Keohane Seafoods – Silver

Burren Smokehouse Ltd. – Bronze

Bakery/Confectionery Company of the Year

East Coast Bakehouse – Gold

Gallagher’s Bakery – Silver

Gem Pack Foods Ltd. – Bronze

Beverage Company of the Year

Britvic Ireland – Gold

Listoke Distillery & Gin School – Silver

Bewley’s Tea & Coffee – Bronze

SME Food & Drink Company of the Year

The Happy Pear – Gold

Blanco Nino – Silver

Keogh’s Crisps – Bronze

Sustainable Factory of the Year

Meade Potato Company – Gold

Dairygold Food Ingredients – Silver

Ballykeefe Distillery – Bronze

Food Safety & Quality Initiative of the Year sponsored by EIQA

Irish Fish Canners – Gold

Manor Farm – Silver

North Cork Creameries – Bronze

Food Service Operator of the Year sponsored by Hotel & Catering Review

Freshly Chopped – Gold

The Tea Rooms at Duckett’s Grove – Silver

The Happy Pear – Bronze

Food & Drink Innovation of the Year sponsored by Henderson Food Machinery

Blendi – Gold

Aldi Ireland – Silver

Drioglann Shliabh Liag CGA – Bronze

Best CapEx Project

Cloughbane Farms – Gold

Health & Wellness Product of the Year

BFree Foods – Gold

Freshways Food Co. – Silver

Caveman Grub -Bronze

Fresh Produce Company of the Year

Meade Potato Company – Gold

O’Shea Farms – Silver

Clarkes Fresh Fruits – Bronze

Own Label Brand of the Year

Dunnes Stores Simply Better – Gold

Marks & Spencer – Silver

Aldi Ireland – Bronze

Exporter of the Year

Keogh’s Crisps – Gold

Blanco Nino – Silver

Nutri-Snax Ltd. – Bronze

Gran Prix – Food & Drink Company of the Year

Dairygold Food Ingredients

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