Products from Northern Ireland companies have been shortlisted in the annual FreeFrom Food Awards, the UK’s only award for free from food and drink.
In the running for top awards are:
Kestrel Foods, Craigavon, County Armagh, for two branded products – Forest Feast Raspberry, Pecan and Apple Toppers in the Breakfast category, and Forest Feast Slow Roasted Nut Mix with Sea Salt and Crushed Black Peppercorn and Acti-Snack branded Keto Crunch and Apple Cider Vinegar, both in the Savoury Snack and Cracker category.
Mash Direct, Comber, County Down in Ready Meals for Green Cabbage Bake.
Otzibrew, Belfast, in the Innovation category for Organic Chicory and Cordyceps Coffee Alternative and also for the same product in Best Packaging for a FreeFrom product.
The awards, the winners of which will be announced on May 27, celebrate the very best in freefrom food and drink.
The distinctive logo assures that a product has been rigorously taste tested and has compliant/good labelling.
Food and drinks that win the awards are seen as benchmarks in the business; small producers and supermarkets compete on a level playing field for one of the coveted awards.
Since 2008 over 5,000 freefrom products have been blind tasted by specialist judging panels.
Featuring over 100 chefs, manufacturers, dieticians and allergy reactors, many of the judges are well-known figures in the food and allergy worlds.
Feedback from the panels has proved invaluable to manufacturers in encouraging development and innovation in the freefrom market.
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