Celebration is in the air at the picturesque Clandeboye Estate, situated outside Bangor in Co.Down, with news that the estate’s artisan yoghurt had tickled the taste buds of the judges at prestigious industry awards in Dublin earning the small local food company a coveted Irish Food Quality Award 2015.
The winners were announced by Irish celebrity Chef and proprietor of restaurant L’Ecrivain Derry Clarke, on 16th September at the Round Room, Mansion House, in Dublin and Bryan Boggs from Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt accepted the award on behalf of the estate.
“We are delighted to have been recognised and honoured at the Irish Quality Food Awards in Dublin. These awards cover the whole of Ireland and there was plenty of competition in our category,” says Bryan. “For a small food business like Clandeboye to compete and win on a national playing field is a great achievement and will give our business an important boost for the year ahead.”
Clandeboye Estate Yoghurts are created from the milk from Clandeboye’s award winning herd of Holstein and Jersey cows and are still the only yoghurts made in Northern Ireland.
Over 350 food and drink products were shortlisted in 85 categories. The awards were open to all food and drink retailers, producers and manufacturers across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
These prestigious accolades, now in their third year, set out to recognise excellence in food and drink product development from a wide variety of companies across Ireland.
The awards repeated last year’s trade-media partnership with Retail News magazine, and consumer-media partnership with Easy Food magazine.
The awards themselves are organised into two distinct sections: Quality Food Awards – products for the multiple and independent grocery retail market and Quality Drink Awards – alcoholic drinks for the retail sector.
Organised by Metropolis Business Media, group events manager Lara Newton comments: “This has been the most exciting year for all of us here at the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards – we have been absolutely amazed at the incredibly high standard of both the food and drink put forward this year. It has been a difficult job for our teams of expert judges but we are very proud of all our winners and finalists and hope their success will help them grow their business and reward their dedication and hard work.”
A selection of shortlisted and winning products will be showcased at the Food & Hospitality Ireland exhibition on September 16th-17th in Dublin.
Full details about the awards are available at irish.qualityfoodawards.com. Make sure you stay up to date with the latest news and competitions via the IQFA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IrishQualityFoodAwards and on Twitter @IrishQFAs, #IQFA.