Irish products win big at the Great Taste Awards
19 August 2014
Aldi Ireland has picked up 35 awards at the international 2014 Great Taste Awards in London, winning more titles than any other retailer in Ireland.
Many of Aldi’s Great Taste Award winning products are sourced from industry-leading Irish suppliers and producers. Winning Irish sourced products include Aldi’s Duneen Specially Selected Farmhouse Strawberry Yogurt produced by Killowen, Aldi’s O’Shea’s Traditional Irish Pale Ale, produced by The Carlow Brewing Company, which received two gold stars, Aldi’s Specially Selected Single Origin Ethiopian Coffee, produced by Bewley’s, which also received two gold stars and Aldi’s Specially Selected Irish Angus Fillet Steaks, produced by ABP Cahir, which received a gold star.
Commenting on the success, Aldi Ireland’s group buying director Rob Farrell said: “The Great Taste Awards are the definitive independent accreditation of quality and offer absolute confidence to the customer that the product they are buying comes with a seal of approval purely based upon its fantastic taste. We are delighted that so many of our Irish suppliers have once again picked up awards. We are continuously introducing new and exciting Irish sourced products and engaging more and more Irish suppliers.”
Lidl Ireland won 26 awards at this year’s awards, including 19 awards for products sourced exclusively from Irish suppliers, such as Kilderg Organic Honey and Glensallagh Smoked Streaky Bacon. In total, 23 products took home one Gold Star, whilst two Gold Stars went to Inisvale Hereford Cheddar and Onion Beef Burgers, Comte de Brismand Champagne and Melangerie Ethiopian Premium Roasted Ground Coffee.
Commenting on the retailer’s performance Jasmine O’Brien, Lidl, said: “As one of the most prestigious award schemes in Ireland and the UK, recognition of our products at this level is a clear indication of the emphasis our local buying team places on sourcing and producing the highest quality products at great value prices.
Among this year’s successful suppliers are 10 products made on Wexford’s Killowen Farm. The Wexford Blackcurrant, Lemon Curd and Blueberry glass jar yogurts were all awarded 2 Gold Stars, while the Strawberry and Wexford Rhubarb flavours won 1 Gold Star each. Four yogurts produced by Killowen for Dunnes Stores, Aldi and SuperValu won 7 gold stars, along a Gold Star for Dunnes Simply Better Whiskey Cream, with bringing the Farm’s overall tally to 16 Gold Stars for 10 products. “Considering that only 50 yogurts in the UK and Ireland achieved Gold Stars, we are very proud that almost a fifth of these are produced right here on Killowen Farm”, explains Pauline Dunne, sales manager. “We constantly strive to produce the highest quality, best-tasting yogurt, and to have it independently judged in such a demanding environment as Great Taste is a real acid test”.