Clandeboye Estate in Northern Ireland has been named Product of the Year 2021 in the influential UK Quality Food Awards for its Madagascan Vanilla Greek Style Yoghurt, a product which was also chosen as Best Yoghurt earlier in the week.
Based in Clandeboye Estate, near Bangor in Co Down, the small company is Northern Ireland’s producer of luxury yoghurt for retailers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Clandeboye has developed a portfolio of natural and fruit-infused yoghurts from milk from a pedigree herd of Holstein/Jersey dairy cows which graze the estate’s rich pasture land.
This is the first time that a Northern Ireland company has won the coveted Product of the Year title in the prestigious UK Quality Food Awards. In addition to the quality award, the independent company has won UK Great Taste Awards over the years for its natural and natural fruit yoghurts.
Other Northern Ireland companies collected awards across all sectors in food production, making it one of the best-ever years for the industry here, the region’s biggest single manufacturer and one which exports products to over 60 global markets, the most important of which are Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
Other Northern Ireland successes in the Quality Awards 2021 were:
Avondale Foods, Lurgan, Co Armagh
Winner for Suoergreen, Quinoa and Kale Salad for Asda
Commended for Extra Special Coleslaw for Asda
Dunbia, Dungannon, Co Tyrone
Winner – Unflavoured Beef Steaks Lidl Birchwood Steakhouse Selection Extra Thick Cut, Grass Fed 12oz Sirloin Beef Steak 36 Days Matured
Beef Joints Highly Commended Lidl Birchwood 28 Day Matured Beef Sirloin Steak with Parmesan & Thyme Butter
Burgers, Meatballs and Kofta Winner for Co-op Irresistible Rib and Brisket Burger with Creamy Vintage Cheddar and Caramelised Onion
Finnebrogue Artisan, Downpatrick, Co Down
Winner in Vegan Meat and Fish Substitutes for Plant Based Fishless Fillets for Asda
Winner in Meat Substitutes for Naked Without the Cluck No Chicken Kievs for Asda
Winner Plant Based Chorizo-Style Sausages for Asda
Highly Commended Naked Without the Splash No Fish Goujons
Asda Plant Based Meat Free Sausages
Sausages Asda Butchers Selection Maple & Bacon Sausage Squares
Mash Direct, Comber, Co Down – Commended for Curry Chips
UMI Foods, Armagh, Co Armagh
Winner in Prepared Vegetables for The Best Oak Smoked Cheddar & Sundried Tomato Mini Stuffed Mushrooms for Morrisons
The Quality Food Awards are designed to recognise and reward those products which are leading the way in the market. They have a strong influence on food retailing especially among major supermarkets.
Research shows the awards showcase the quality of a winning product and bring confidence to consumers and increase in sales. It shows that 74 percent of consumers would trust the quality of a food product carrying the quality logo; 72 percent of consumers had seen the logo before; and 68 percent said they were more likely to buy a product which had won one of the quality awards.