The Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, are now in their 18th year and going from strength to strength. 7481 products were entered from 1600 companies for the 2011 Great Taste Awards. It took 350 experts 34 days to blind taste all the entries and decide which entries would achieve the coveted one, two and three star gold awards.
Arlene Foster said:
“The awards demonstrate the vibrancy of the local food and drink industry, particularly in terms of new products and, most importantly, the ability of our companies – both large and small and including several recently started enterprises – to compete and win outside Northern Ireland.
One company, Hannan Meats (Food NI Member) in Moira gained a record 14 awards – one ‘3 star’, six ‘2 star’ and seven ‘1 star’. En Place Foods, Cookstown, an associated company of Hannan Meats, gained three ‘1star’ awards.
Food NI Members’ who achieved Great Taste Awards include:
Bailie’s Hand Roasted Coffee Bella Jo, Boozeberries , Cloughbane Farm Shop , Dale Farm/United Dairies, Glastry Farm Ice Cream, Hannan Meats, Hoy’s Farmhouse Ice Cream, Irwin’s Bakery, Suki Tea, The Clandeboye Estate Company, The Yellow Door Bakery,Fane Valley Co-Operative, White’s Speedicook and Abernethy Butter.
View NI Good Food website on https://www.nigoodfood.com/default.aspx to check out how many stars each member achieved for their products!