Belfast company in line for top award for healthy super protein

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ABOVE: Darlene McCormick, founder of That Protein in Belfast.

VEGAN entrepreneur Darlene McCormick is in the running for a 2020 Nourish Award for a healthy product developed by her Belfast-based That Protein, a multi award-winning small company.

The product, Chirpy, Chirpy Choca Mocha Organic Super Protein, is shortlisted in the awards to be announced next month.

The Belfast company, which was established by Ms McCormick, a qualified nutritionist in 2014, has won major awards in previous Nourish competitions.

That Protein has been voted “Best Protein and Sports Nutrition”, in the UK two years in a row. This year’s shortlist was drawn up by remote judging for the first time, due to Covid-19. Out of 159 entries 101 made the shortlist – which means received 3.5 points or more from the judges or was voted to receive an award by more than two judges.

Ms McCormick says: “I am delighted to have been shortlisted once again in what is the most important awards for the healthy foods industry. Our mocha super protein has a delicious taste of chocolate and is a vegan product free from sugars. It’s high protein, rich in fibres, minerals and a great plant-based source of energy.”

The powder has three basic ingredients organic raw cacao, real organic coffee and organic brown rice protein.

Winners will be announced during an online event on September 18 by Naomi Devlin, chef tutor at River Cottage, author and nutritionist.

The award has some unique categories including High Protein and Sports Nutrition (where all products must be dairy free), Fermented & Gut Friendly Foods, Purely Plants (vegan), Paleo & Keto and the new Low & reduced sugar category. All entrants must be free from refined sugar, with a few exceptions, however organisers wanted to create a category dedicated to products that were created with the aim of reducing overall sugar content compared to similar products.

The awards are judged by a panel of nutritionists, nutritional therapists, health food experts, chefs and other industry professionals.

Dubbed as the “toughest health food awards” in the UK, Nourish Awards were created by founder Diana Murphy to support and recognise business that create healthy, naturally free-from foods without the use of refined sugar and artificial additives.

In 2017 the Nourish Awards were born with the aim to find healthy food options that are created with less processing, a lot less sugar and made without the use of glutenous ingredients and in most cases dairy. The Award supports good quality dairy products of course which can enter into the dedicated Dairy with a Difference Category or the Wild Card category.

The awards were designed to recognise and support small producers who were working tirelessly to provide foods and drinks which are naturally free-from gluten and dairy, nutritionally sound without containing refined sugar, artificial additives and of course also delicious.

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