Wins in IQFA awards for Foods of Athenry and Keeling
Tesco may have swept the board at the recent Irish Quality Food Awards, but there was plenty of scope for other big winners on the night, which includes the small Galway food company Foods of Athenry, which now has the "best and highest-quality" mince pies on the market for Christmas 2018.
23 October 2018
The team behind Dunnes Stores’ Handmade All Butter Mince Pies was simply overjoyed at winning not one but two awards at the recent Irish Quality Food Awards. Galway-based Foods of Athenry won the award for Best Christmas Dessert and also the overall Christmas Gold Award at the black tie event in Dublin’s Clayon Hotel.
A fantastic achievement for The Foods of Athenry, for Dunnes Stores and the wonderful Simply Better team who work so hard to bring the best of the best to its consumers.
“To be named as the best in anything is an amazing privilege, but it also comes with great responsibility,” says Siobhan Lawless, Foods of Athenry MD. “Winning this award galvanises our determination to continue to be the best we can be, to source the best ingredients, bake the best products and continue to enrich our consumers’ lives with an enjoyable eating experience – regardless of their dietary needs or choices.
“We are grateful to have such wonderful staff in our Foods of Athenry family,” Lawless added, “and this award acknowledges the hard work and dedication of all.”
Meanwhile, Keelings won the award for Fresh Produce Unprepared for its Family Pack Strawberries for the second year running. David Keeling, CEO of Keelings Retail, accepted the award for the company.
“We are so proud to receive an Irish Quality Food & Drink Award,” Keeling said. “This nomination is a testament to our fantastic growers and all of the great team at Keelings. Our strawberries were shortlisted alongside some very tough competition, and we consider it a genuine achievement to receive this prestigious award.”