Retailers celebrate performances at Blas na hÉireann Awards
5 October 2022
A number of retailers are in fine fettle after their performances at the Blas na hÉireann awards, which this year returned to their spiritual home in Dingle.
Tesco Ireland said it was delighted to have received 25 rewards. Tesco products received awards across several medal classes, including beef, lamb and bacon, cured meats, ready meals, prepared foods, soups, ice cream, dairy, cheese, breakfast cereal and preserves categories. Tesco was awarded 11 gold medals including the newly launched Tesco Finest blackcurrant conserve, produced by Folláin in Cork.
“We are delighted to have the quality of our Irish produced products recognised at such a prestigious event, and to have received 11 gold medals, as well as 9 silver and 5 bronze is an achievement that we are all extremely proud of,” said Joe Manning, commercial director, Tesco Ireland.
“This is all made possible thanks to the relationships we have with our dedicated suppliers, some of which we’ve worked with for 25 years now, who provide the best quality products for our customers. Congratulations to all involved.”
Tesco Ireland also received four awards at this years World Steak Challenge that took place on Wednesday, 28 September. The third year of the competition saw Tesco Finest Certified Irish Angus Ribeye, Tesco Irish Ribeye steak and Tesco Irish Striploin steak all receive silver medals, while the Tesco Finest Certified Irish Angus Striploin received a bronze medal.
Aldi and its network of Irish food producers were also celebrating after their performance at the Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards, winning a total of 41 awards, including 11 gold medals, 15 silver medals and 15 bronze medals.
Aldi’s gold medal-winning products were produced by ABP Meats, Alltech Beverage Division Ire Ltd, Armagh Cider, Dawn Meats, Donegal Rapeseed Oil, IGWT Poultry, Kestrel Foods, Lir Chocolates Ltd, Loughnane’s of Galway, Silver Hill Duck and Vanilla Bean Patisserie.
“At Aldi, we consider quality and provenance to be the cornerstones of our success,” said John Curtin, group buying director at Aldi Ireland. “We pride ourselves on working closely with local suppliers to offer our customers only the finest of Irish produce at affordable prices. That’s why we are so thrilled to have enjoyed yet another successful year at the Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards, which set the standard for quality Irish food and drink. We wish to congratulate our producers and the buying teams for this richly deserved recognition.”
SuperValu and Centra’s wins
Meanwhile, SuperValu enjoyed huge success at this year’s Blás na hÉireann awards, taking home an impressive 119 awards. Convenience retailer Centra’s Irish producers have claimed 22 awards at this year’s awards ceremony.