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News | 11 Oct 2018
The Organic Trust team extends warmest congratulations to our winning licensees at the 2018 Bord Bia National Organic Awards.
Following rigorous judging of over 200 entries, six organic food companies were selected as overall category winners. The event marked a true celebration of the best of Irish Organic food as a wide selection of produce from all over the country was represented on the winning stage. Awards were presented in categories including food service, retail, direct sales, innovation and export and a new category to the competition this year – The Business in the Community Award. Organic Trust members Slí Eile Community Housing Organic Farm walked away with this award and we are truly proud of their achievements and service to their community over the years. Their work not only results in producing delicious organic vegetables but, in doing so, helps the people who work the farm recover and rebuild their lives after experiencing mental health challenges.
Longstanding members Highbank Organic Orchard picked up the Direct Selling Award for their fortified apple wine, Sack No. 3 Pommeau vintage 2016. The husband and wife team, Rod and Julie Calder-Potts, have been developing a range of products that add value to their apples, exploiting their exceptional properties of taste and flavour, which they call “Pip to Sip.” Irish Country Meats and Organic Trust members Good Herdsmen won the Retail Award for their Organic Half Leg of Lamb.
The Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD said, “the quality of Irish organic produce entered for these awards highlights once again that Irish organic food is of a high quality and can readily compete on the world stage. Today is a celebration of the achievements of these individual companies and Irish organic food and drink as a whole. It’s a sector with a bright future and before the end of this year we will be publishing the strategy for its future development to the year 2025.”
Speaking at this year’s Awards, Tara McCarthy, CEO Board Bia, said “it’s very exciting to see such a broad variety of producers and products represented at this year’s National Organic Awards. It demonstrates why Irish consumers are increasingly choosing to include organic in their weekly shop. Bord Bia is committed to supporting Irish organic producers to reach their potential and strengthen their trade both at home, and in key export markets.”
Established by the National Organic Plan under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in collaboration with Bord Bia, the objective of the National Organic Awards is to recognise the achievements and raise the profile of Irish organic food and drink manufacturers and growers. Now in their ninth year, the Awards are recognised as an important fixture in the calendar for the organic food and drink industry.