Irish food company wins Gold Medal at UK Food Awards

Oakpark produces meat products for sale under supermarket own-brand names. Image: Oakparkfoods.ie

Oakpark Foods from Tipperary has taken home Gold at the UK food awards, confirming its popularity and the overall popularity of Irish produce in UK supermarkets

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8 June 2017 | 0

Oakpark has won a gold medal at the prestigious annual Own Label Food & Drink Awards, which took place in London recently. The company, based in Cahir, Co. Tipperary, is part of the Brett Group.

The event awards the most outstanding products on sale in UK supermarkets in the own-label category.

Oakpark won the top award in the chilled bacon category for its Thick Cut Honey Cure Rashers, produced under the Brannans range for Aldi UK and Ireland. It beat entries from several major UK retailers including Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, and Tesco.

Thousands of own-label products were entered in the competition, which is organized by the Grocer magazine. Oakpark’s rashers have received the prestigious gold medal for the second year in a row, and the third time in the past four years.

At the event, the judges acknowledged the unique flavor and the premium packaging, describing it as hard to resist for consumers.

Oakpark managing director, Jimmy Brett, said the award will be of huge benefit to the company’s presence in Britain,where it has already established itself as a key supplier of own label bacon products to UK retailers. “We produce private label products for Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl, and Farmfoods in the UK,” Brett said, “and this award is a major endorsement of our credentials in what is a very competitive market place.”

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