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National Organic Awards 2018

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.

Key Dates
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

  • The objective of the National Organic Awards is to recognise the achievements of Irish manufacturers of organic food and drink. Criteria will therefore be strictly adhered to, as follows:
  • Product must be grown or manufactured in the Republic of Ireland ie: repackaged product is not acceptable
  • Raw material (e.g. all meat and fish) must be sourced in Ireland where possible
  • Products must be certified as organic by IOFGA, Organic Trust, Global Trust or equivalent and certification must be available on request.
  • Retailers may submit private label products, however, producer details will need to be included and the associated value of prize would be for producer.
  • Judges or their related business cannot enter the awards.
  • All products must be available on the market at time of submission for Judging.
  • A single product may only be entered in a maximum of 2 categories.
  • The awards organisers reserve the right to place entries in whichever category they deem most appropriate.
  • Producers / company representative must be available to attend the awards ceremony on 10th October. If their products are short listed, they must also be available to attend advance photography sessions in Dublin on 20th or 21st September.

Entry Requirements

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: - 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.

Delivery address:

National Organic Awards,
 Bord Bia,
 Clanwilliam Court,
 Lower Mount Street,
 Dublin 2.

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