NI food and drink companies recognised in 2017 UK Great Taste Awards

Aug 02, 2017

Invest Northern Ireland congratulates the Northern Ireland Food and Drink companies recognised in the 2017 UK Great Taste Awards.

Eight companies were awarded the highest accolade of three gold stars in the prestigious annual event organised by the influential UK Guild of Fine Food, with 80 local companies securing 244 gold stars for 180 products.

Welcoming the news, Jeremy Fitch, Executive Director of Business and Sector Development at Invest NI said: "Northern Ireland produce is much sought after, not only in the UK and Europe but also in countries such as China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Awards such as these provide independent validation of the taste and quality of our local food and drink.

" I would like to congratulate all of those who have been recognised by the Guild of Fine Food for their hard work and dedication. In particular the eight three star gold award winners.

I would like to congratulate all of those who have been recognised by the Guild of Fine Food for their hard work and dedication. In particular the eight three star gold award winners. Through our extensive trade programme and inward buyer visits we are proactively helping local food and drink companies to access new markets and reach new customers.

- Jeremy Fitch, Executive Director of Business and Sector Development, Invest NI

"Through our extensive trade programme and inward buyer visits we are proactively helping local food and drink companies to access new markets and reach new customers.

"Combined with our expanding global network of offices and in-market advisers, we are helping local businesses secure the best value for their produce. This strategic approach will help drive the local food and drink industry, maximise commercial opportunities and achieve further growth in international markets."

Three Gold Star Winners

The eight companies awarded three gold stars are:

  • Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-op – Smoked eel (County Antrim)
  • Tempted Irish Cider Co Ltd – Elderflower cider (County Antrim)
  • Hannan Meats – Glenarm Salt Aged Lamp rump (County Down)
  • Hannan Meats – Sweet Cured Bacon Rack (County Down)
  • Ispíní Charcuterie – Rosemary & Thyme Bresaola (County Down)
  • Rooney Fish – Pacific Oysters (County Down)
  • The Echlinville Distillery Ltd – Single Estate Irish Pot Still Gin (County Down)
  • Erin Grove Preserves – Blackcurrant preserve (County Fermanagh)
  • Baronscourt Estate – Wild sika venison loin (County Tyrone)

Download the full list of Northern Ireland Great Taste Award winners (XLSX).

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