By SAM BUTLER
Irish Black Butter, which is based at Portrush, one of Northern Ireland’s smallest food companies, was a major success at last week’s Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards (IQFDA) held at the Mansion House in Dublin.
The company, owned and run by Alastair Bell, which has also won the coveted three gold stars in the Great Taste Awards for exceptional flavours, gained a gold medal in the Chutneys and Relishes category at IQFDA for its unique sweet/savoury spread.
Alastair, commenting on the award, said: “I am thrilled to have won the gold, which came as a complete surprise.
“I hope that it will increase awareness among supermarkets in particular in the Republic of Ireland. Major retailers play a key role in the awards.”
Irish Black Butter was among a group of local companies recognised in the prestigious annual awards, which recognise and celebrate the best in retail, wholesale and foodservice food and drink products available in Ireland.
Winning at IQFDA is seen as an endorsement that a brand/product reaches the very highest standards in term of quality and taste.
Among the other local winners were:
n McCracken’s Real Ale, Portadown, which was named Best Drink Product for its unique Black Irish Stout;
n Gilfresh Produce, Portadown, took the Rising Star Award for farm manager Richard Gilpin and bronze for its vegetable fajita kit;
n Milgro, Coleraine, was awarded Gold for flame grilled steak flavour crispy onions;
n Deli-Lites, Warrenpoint, secured Best Product for its Beets and Spirulina Crunch Pot;
n Moocha Kombucha, Benburb, won the marketing prize of 10,000 euros;
n Latia Juanita, Londonderry, took Gold in Sauces;
n Around Noon, Newry, was awarded Gold for apple and ginger cold pressed shot.
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