Food NI member food producer Milgro was successful at this year’s Irish Quality Food Awards, with two of their crispy onion products taking both a gold and silver gong in the Meal Accompaniments category.
Their Original Flavour ONiT ONiONS! won a gold award and their Flame Grilled ONiT ONiONS! came home with silver.
The family-run business launched their crispy onions under the ONiT ONiONS! brand in the Republic of Ireland at the end of 2022 at selected Tesco Ireland locations. Throughout 2023, the availability of ONiT ONiONS! has rapidly increased across the ROI, with the products now available in even more Tesco Ireland locations and independent butchers, with more well known retailers to be announced in the coming weeks.
Milgro have been the largest grower, packer and processor of onions in Northern Ireland since it was established over 30 years ago on the outskirts of Limavady. They brought the ONiT ONiONS! brand to market to cater for consumers who wanted to add an instant burst of flavour and crunch to their meals and snacks.
Sold in fully recyclable and resealable packaging, the crispy onions have exceeded sales projections and have become a firm favourite with some high-profile foodie influencers across the country.
Speaking about the win, Gerald Miller, managing director at Milgro Onions said: “It’s a real honour that both of our ONiT ONiONS! products received awards at this year’s IQFAs. We have been available for less than one year in the Republic of Ireland so it’s very exciting that the quality and taste of our crispy onions has already been recognised at these prestigious awards.”
Ian Miller, Milgro commercial director added: “The feedback from retailers and consumers alike has been hugely positive since our launch, and to now receive awards from the IQFA is a real testament not only to our products, but to the team here at Milgro who work hard to grow, harvest, process and fry our crispy onions year round.”
ONiT ONiONS! can be used in a variety of ways, including to serve on top of steaks, burgers, hotdogs, chicken, soups, sandwiches, stews and curries, and can also be enjoyed as a standalone snack.