High standards at Blas na hEireann 2013
7 October 2013
With twice as many categories in 2013, Blas na hÉireann , proved once more the high standard of Irish food and Irish food producers. The awards, now in its sixth year, were held in Dingle over the weekend and showcased the best of the best and awarded those that went above and beyond to produce high quality food products.
For the second year running, SuperValu has scooped the most awards at the awards, winning 25 awards in total. The company says that the awards are an endorsement of its position as number one supporter of Irish food producers.
With seven gold, ten silver and eight bronze awards, SuperValu suppliers from all over Ireland were recognized for their superb quality, flavour, taste and innovation. The award winners included Kepak, Dunns Seafood, Keohanes Seafood, Freshcut Servcies, Irish Cheese Direct, Seery’s Bakery and Genesis, all of whom won gold for their products.
Just in time for Christmas, SuperValu won gold for its Signature Taste Christmas Pudding produced by Seery’s Bakery and their Signature Taste Stollen made by Genesis.
Martin Kelleher, managing director, SuperValu said: "We are very proud of our own-brand and Signature Taste range winners, who have been recognised as the very best food producers in Ireland."
Aldi also won a number of awards at the event over the weekend bring to a total of 66 Blas na hÉireann Awards won since 2009. This year Aldi’s Irish products won six gold medal, seven silver medal and eight bronze medal awards. In the conserves category it took gold, silver and bronze for its Grandessa Irish Handmade Conserves in Autumn Fruits, Summer Fruits and Rhubarb & Vanilla flavours respectively.
Other gold medal winning products include Brannans Premium White Pudding from Loughnanes of Galway, Brannans Hickory Rashers supplied by Oakpark, in Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Del Rivo 100% Pure Pressed Apple Juice from Mulrines in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal.
Chocolatier Olivia Curran from ‘An Olivia Choclate’ in Monilea, Mullingar was declared Blas na h-Eireann Supreme Food Champion this year. Curran beat off competition from over 2,000 Irish food products vying for the award.
Blas na hEireann is the biggest blind tasting competition of its kind in the world. Over 2,000 Irish products were entered into 80 different categories, ranging from soup to seafood and chocolate to cheese, with winners from all over the country taking gold, silver and bronze medals in each category.