The shortlist for the 2018 National Organic Awards is out.
Organised by Bord Bia, the National Organic Awards run every other year in association with the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.
2018’s award winners will be revealed on Wednesday 10 October at a ceremony and brunch in Dublin.
The shortlisted entrants were selected from the following categories: Chefs’ Choice Award, Retail Award, Direct Selling Award, Export Award, Best New & Innovative Product Award and the newly added Business in the Community Award. Among the key judging criteria for this year’s Awards were taste and quality, market opportunity, value for money, packaging and branding, versatility, and ability to overcome market challenges.
National Organic Awards 2018 Nominees
Here’s a look at and links to each of this year’s nominees.
1. Chefs’ Choice Award
- Regan Organic Produce Whole Duck – Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford
- Irish Country Meats Organic Lamb Burger – Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
- Riversfield Organic Farm Cherry Tomato Mix – Callan, Co. Kilkenny
2. Retail Award
- Good Herdsmen Organic Half Leg of Lamb – Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
- Dunnes Stores Organic Irish Heirloom Tomatoes, produced by Marc Michel Organic Life – Kilpedder, Co. Wicklow
- Mulberry Meadow Farm Living Oriental Organic Salad – Listinny, Co. Monaghan
- Mulberry Meadow Farm My Organics Supergreen Mix – Listinny, Co. Monaghan
- Wrights of Howth Irish Organic Smoked Salmon – Howth, Co. Dublin
3. Direct Selling Award
- Highbank Organic Orchards & Distillery Sack No 3 Pommeau 2016 – Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny
- Ballinrostig Organic Cheese Nettle and Garlic Cream Cheese – Whitegate, Co. Cork
- Ballymore Organic Farm Stoneground Wholemeal flour – Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare
4. Export Award
- Burren Smokehouse Smoked Irish Organic Salmon with Seaweed – Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
- The Little Milk Company Organic Cashel Blue – Dungarvan, Co. Waterford / (Cashel Blue Cheese makers – Tipperary)
- Golden Irish Organic Eggs – Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
5. New & Innovative Product
- The Merry Mill Organic Gluten Free Oat Flour – Vicarstown, Co. Laois
- Highbank Organic Orchards & Distillery Apple Balsamic Vinegar – Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny
- Beechlawn Organic Farm Curly Kale in compostable bio bag – Ballinasloe Co. Galway
6. Business in the Community
- Dunany Organic Farm Flour – Togher, Co. Louth
- Slí Eile Housing Community Organic Farm – Mallow, Co. Cork
- Green Earth Organics Irish Veg Box – Corrandulla, Co. Galway
“The Irish organic market is currently valued at over €200 million and the global export market is set to jump in value to €224 billion by 2022”, said Bord Bia’s Karen Tyner of the awards.
“Innovative products are continuing to contribute to growth in the sector and consumers are seeking more opportunities to choose organic.”
“These awards recognise producers and manufacturers whose products differentiate themselves in the marketplace to meet this growing consumer demand both at home and internationally.”