Call for entries for Blas na hEireann, the Irish Food Awards
These annual awards have been instrumental in raising the profile of winners over the last few years. According to Artie Clifford, Chairman of the Blas Awards, “the Blas logo is now being recognised internationally as a symbol of top quality Irish produce, enabling producers to take on new markets with confidence. Business success means more jobs in the food industry and the local economy.”
Last week at the launch of the 5th annual Blas na hEireann, Irish Food Awards, two artisan producers – Kooky Dough and Pure Food - who won Gold medals last year called on small producers to enter the 2012 competition. Both companies pointed out that winning the awards gave them the confidence when expanding their businesses.
Kooky Dough now distributes to all Irish multiples, also exporting to Waitrose in the UK and will soon be on shelves in France.
Pure Food, who won for their gluten free range of cakes, biscuits and breads in their first year in business, have extended their distribution through the farmers market network, speciality retailers such as Avoca, and have also opened their own bakery.
The deadline for entry to the Awards is 27 July 2012. Entry forms can be obtained on www.irishfoodawards.com