Ten Northern Ireland companies have won a record 19 awards in the Great Taste Awards in London, the world’s most prestigious and authoritative food competition and regarded as the’ Oscars’ of the world of food and drink.
The awards, announced today at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair at Olympia Exhibition Centre in London, were welcomed by Maynard Mawhinney, Invest Northern Ireland’s Director of Food. The companies are displaying their products on a joint Invest NI/An Bord Bia (the Republic of Ireland’s food promotion agency) stand at the fair from 4-6 September.
The focus of the Speciality and Fine Food Fair is on the quality and speciality fine food and drink sectors. This year 3,000 buyers from the retail, catering, wholesale and manufacturing sectors are expected to attend.
In addition to the Olympia event, 10 Northern Ireland companies are featuring in the ‘Truly British’ food and drink promotion at Harrods department store from 5 September to 15th October. Invest NI has worked closely with Harrods in this important retail promotion.
Mr Mawhinney said: “The two events represent the biggest-ever presentation of quality food from Northern Ireland in recent years. Our companies, most of them small to medium enterprises and drawn from every province, have a golden opportunity to demonstrate that they possess outstanding quality, taste and innovation to a very discerning international audience.
“The two presentations also demonstrate Invest NI’s commitment in the ‘Fit for Market’ strategy which is being implemented by a food industry-led team led by Dan Flinter. The strategy aims to encourage and assist our companies to build worthwhile export business that will help to create wealth and additional employment opportunities across Northern Ireland.
“We are convinced that the agri-food industry offers enormous potential for sustainable growth. The companies taking part in both events will benefit enormously by the marketing and publicity support being provided the organisers of the food fair and by the team at Harrods,” he added