Organic Certification for Professional organic producers, processors and distributors
If you are interested in converting your holding to organic production or in processing, retailing or distributing a product to be labelled as ‘organic’, then follow this link for 5 easy steps and your application will be underway.
The Organic Trust is the centre of excellence when it comes to organic inspection and certification in Ireland. The very broad range of organic technical expertise available within our organisation is at your service.
The Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine offers a range of financial incentives to assist those interested in getting involved in organic production. In addition capital grants are available for the purchase of specific equipment
News | 13 Aug 2018
The National Organic Food Awards celebrate the achievements of an increasing number of Irish Organic food and drink growers and manufacturers. Held every 2 years, the awards recognise 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. Entries will be accepted until Monday 3rd September. Award winners will be announced at an awards brunch on Wednesday 10th October 2018 in Bord Bia's Dublin office.
Winners will receive a tailored support package to the value of approximately €12,000 to assist in growing their businesses. They will be assigned a mentor to aid in the tailoring of a suitable supports, elements will include; commercial marketing strategy, developing communication and PR plans, branding supports and assessing market opportunities.
Winners in each category will be presented with an Irish made hand sculpted trophy and an award certificate. Winners are entitled to use the awards symbol for on-pack promotion. All shortlisted companies in each category as well as subsequent winners will be promoted by Bord Bia in print, broadcast and online media.
Award Categories 2018
1. Chef’s Award
To include products currently available through Irish foodservice channels (restaurant, hotel, café, institutional catering). Judging criteria will include taste and quality, versatility, market opportunity and value for money.
2. Retail Award
To include products currently available through Irish retail channels. Judging criteria will include taste and quality, market opportunity, value for money, packaging and branding.
3. Direct Selling Award
To include products being sold directly at farm gate, via box schemes, online or at food markets etc. Direct sales should represent a majority of sales turnover (more than 50%). Judging criteria will include, creativity and flair in sales, customer service approach and what direct selling represents to the business.
4. Export Award
To include products for sale in export markets. Judging criteria will include, innovation for the market, evidence of success (sales results), ability of company to overcome export challenges and expected export growth in 2018/2019.
5. Best New and Innovative Product
Open to products launched between January 2017 and August 2018. Judging criteria will include market opportunity, achievements in sales growth to date, innovation and insight used to meet consumer’s changing needs in the development of product, packaging or service.
6. Business in the Community Award – NEW 2018
This new category will reflect the achievements of businesses in their local communities. All entrants should submit details of the corporate and social responsibility initiatives which their company has undertaken.
A shortlist of all producers entering the awards will be judged for their achievements in this area.
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
Completed entry forms must be received by Monday 3rd September 2016. Only entries on the official entry form will be accepted.
Forms must be submitted by by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org - entry form below.
Delivery of Product for Judging
Two sample products per category entered, with packaging, must be delivered to Bord Bia offices no later than 5pm on Tuesday 11th September.
Dry goods may be delivered from Friday 7th September. Fresh produce can only be accepted on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th September.
All samples must be clearly labelled ‘National Organic Awards’.
Products must be labelled clearly with storage and cooking instructions to ensure that they are correctly stored and prepared for judging.
The organisers cannot accept any responsibility for lost or undelivered samples.
Failure to supply the samples at the requested time and date will mean that your entry cannot be judged.
National Organic Awards,
Lower Mount Street,