John Brennan & Séan McGloun of Blakes Always Organic
Three County Leitrim organic food producers have been shortlisted for the upcoming National Organic Awards, organised by Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
The Organic Salad Bag from The Organic Centre, Rossinver is shortlisted in the Best Fresh Product category, Culture Blend Coffee from Blakes Always Organic is shortlisted for Best Prepared Product, and Gooseberry & Seaweed Chutney from Bluebell Organic Farm is a shortlisted finalist for the Direct Selling Award.
The National Organic Awards, which mark the achievements of Irish organic food and drink growers and manufacturers who create excellent quality organic products in Ireland, will take place at Bord Bia’s Dublin headquarters on Thursday, October 13.
Following judging by a team of industry experts, just 20 companies were shortlisted across seven categories.
Commenting on this year’s Awards, Mary Morrissey, Senior Manager in Bord Bia’s Food and Beverage Division said ‘in addition to a record 278 entries, we are delighted to see that the quality and diversity of the products continues to go from strength to strength each year.
“The judges had a difficult task in shortlisting the finalists showing the dedication of Irish organic food producers with the awards offering a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the best the industry has to offer.”
This year’s prestigious judging panel included JP McMahon, Michelin-starred chef from Aniar restaurant, Co. Galway; freelance journalists Suzanne Campbell and Oliver Moore; Alan Kinnear, International Buying Manager, Ocado, UK online retailer; Al Overton, Head of Buying, Planet Organic, UK’s largest fully certified organic supermarket; Lisa Garrett, Innovation Chef with Le Pain Quotidien restaurant, based in Kildare Village and finally, Evan Doyle, Owner The BrookLodge Hotel, Macreddin Village, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow.