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Finalists Announced For 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

Finalists Announced For 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards
July 12
11:42 2019

The finalists have been announced for the 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards. The prestigious awards programme, which was first introduced last year, is the first of its kind on the island of Ireland in celebrating and promoting the best of the Irish food and drink manufacturing industry and the people behind the products.

The Awards recognise innovation and excellence across the entire food and drink industry on the island of Ireland.

The winners of the 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards will be named at special ceremony and gala dinner at the Citywest Hotel & Convention Centre in Dublin on the evening of Thursday, 5 September 2019.

18 Categories

The Awards cover 18 categories across the full spectrum of the Irish food and drink industry. This encompasses the major sectors – ingredients, fresh produce, dairy, meat/poultry, seafood, beverages, bakery, confectionery and spirits. The Awards also recognise achievements within specific product categories – free from/vegan, health & wellness and own label brand. Other Award categories include: Food & Drink Innovation Company of the Year, Food Service Company of the Year, Sustainable Company of the Year, Supply Chain Company of the Year and Packaging Company of the Year.

The SME Food & Drink Company of the Year Award category reflects the vital importance of this sector within the Irish food and drink industry. Over 90% of the more than 1,000 food producing companies in Ireland are classified as SMEs. Indeed, SME food and drink companies have a greater regional spread than any other manufacturing sector.

The finalists in each of the 18 categories are listed below.

Sylvia McCarthy, Director of the Food & Drink Business Awards, comments: “Innovation and industry excellence are crucial to driving growth and offering consumer value within the food and drink 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.”

She adds: “We are delighted with the quality of entries this year of the Awards and we look forward to building on its success in years to come.”

Overall Winner

The overall winner – the Gran Prix Company of the Year – will be selected from the winners of each category. Dairygold won the Dairy Manufacturing Company of the Year category within the 2018 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards, and also scooped the overall prize, taking the Food & Drink Company of the Year title.

The Awards allow entrants to promote their businesses before the biggest names in the Irish food and drink manufacturing, grocery and food service sectors, while raising their profile and receiving industry-wide recognition. Participation in the awards scheme provides an opportunity to showcase a company’s products and services to a wider audience, including potential buyers and investors, and also to gain publicity from media coverage.

The Awards have also been introduced to highlight and encourage new talent and innovation in the food and drink industry and to promote this in both domestic and international markets. Furthermore, the Awards presentation dinner provides an excellent opportunity for networking with other finalists and winners.

The Irish Food & Drink Business Awards were established by Premier Publishing & Events, the Dublin-based international conference and exhibition organiser and the publisher of Food & Drink Business Europe magazine and the www.fdbusiness.com industry news portal.

2019 National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition

The awards presentation dinner will follow this year’s National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition, Ireland’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing and retailing sectors, which is also being held on 5 September 2019 at the Citywest Hotel & Convention Centre in Dublin.

2019 Food & Drink Business Awards Finalists

BAKERY/ CONFECTIONERY COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Bretzel Trading Company Ltd

Foods of Athenry

Lily O’Brien’s

Offbeat Donuts

Thunders Bakery Ltd

BEVERAGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Allied Retail Solutions

Java Republic

Kinnegar Brewing

RTM Beverages Ltd

Silk Tree Botanics

CRAFT BEER/CIDER COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Dead Centre Brewing

Dundalk Bay Brewery and Distillery

Kinnegar Brewing

Poterhouse Brewing Company

Rye River Brewing Company

DAIRY MANUFACTURING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Gino’s Gelato

Glenisk

Kerrygold Butter Packing Ltd

Natural Milk Company

North Cork Creameries

FOOD & DRINK INNOVATION COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Alltech Beverage Division Ireland

Copper Castle Foods Ltd

Freshways Food Co

Nobó

RTM Beverages Ltd.

FREE FROM/VEGAN PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Applegreen

Birds Eye Pizza

Freshways Food Co

KBH Nutrition

The Gluten Free Kitchen Company

FRESH PRODUCE COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Allfresh Wholesale Ltd.

Clarkes Fresh Fruit

Delicious Food Company

`Hapi Food Co Ltd

Kilbride Classic Cuisine

FOOD SERVICE COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Blanco Niño

Freshly Chopped

Freshways Food Co

Kilbride Classic Cuisine

Sweet Cicely Ltd

HEALTH & WELLNESS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Everest

Freshly Chopped

Glenisk

Ice Cream Treats

KO Kombucha

Proiseail (An Clochan Liath) Teoranta T/A Irish Fish Canners Ltd

Sadie’s Kitchen Ltd

The Irish Biltong Company Ltd

INGREDIENT SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

NCC Food Ingredients

Oriel Sea Salt Company

Rebel Chilli

MEAT/POULTRY COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Dawn Meats

Foyle Food Group

Hilton Foods Ireland

Manor Farm

Waldron Family

OWN LABEL BRAND OF THE YEAR

Dunnes Stores Simply Better

Funky Monkey Foods

Aldi Ireland

Mama Nagi’s

TS Foods

PACKAGING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Down2Earth

NevPak

SEAFOOD COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Keohane Seafoods

Nicholas Lynch Ltd

Proiseail (An Clochan Liath) Teoranta T/A Irish Fish Canners Ltd

SME COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Blanco Niño

Gino’s Gelato

Hogan’s Farm (Hogans Turkeys Ltd)

Ice Cream Treats

Kilbride Classic Cuisine

Miena’s Handmade nougat

Smokin Butcher

Velo Coffee Roasters

SPIRIT COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Ballyvolane House Spirits Company Limited

Dingle Whiskey Distillery

Galway Gin Company

Great Northern Distillery Limited

SUPPLY CHAIN COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Foods Connected

Versatile Packaging

SUSTAINABLE COMPANY OF THE YEAR

ABP Food Group

Coca Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland

Java Republic

Manor Farm

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