Tipperary rashers win top organic food award

At the National Organic Awards 2012 in Bord Bia, the Best Overall Organic Product was awarded to Crowe’s Farm, Dundrum for its Organic Dry Cure Back Rasher product which was chosen for its high quality, superior taste and smart packaging.

At the National Organic Awards 2012 in Bord Bia, the Best Overall Organic Product was awarded to Crowe’s Farm, Dundrum for its Organic Dry Cure Back Rasher product which was chosen for its high quality, superior taste and smart packaging.

This year was the sixth year of the National Organic Awards, which take place during National Organic Week each year. Organised by Bord Bia, over 100 entries were received and awards were given in eight different categories.

Minister Shane McEntee said - “It is a pleasure to present these awards to some of Ireland’s foremost food companies who are leading the way in organic food production. The awards honour a range of both new and veteran Irish organic food companies with an exciting range of products representing all of the main food groups. I would like to wish all of the companies continued success in bringing high quality, innovative products to market”.

Commenting on the overall winning product, Tara McCarthy, Director Food & Beverage Division, Bord Bia said - “The judges said that the Organic Dry Cure Back Rashers from Crowe’s Farm represent a traditional Irish product taken to a new level. The packaging is smart - full of information about the product and the farming family behind it. It also tastes great with samples devoured by the judges! The rashers were a really high quality - they held their cooking shape and were full of flavour, but not overly salty. They are worthy winners, representing all that is good about Irish organic farming”.

NATIONAL ORGANIC AWARD WINNERS 2012

Overall Winner/ Best Organic Meat

Organic Dry Cure Back Rashers, Crowe’s Farm, Dundrum, Co. Tipperary

Best Organic Fruit & Vegetable

Irish Organic Potatoes, Keogh’s, Oldtown, Co. Dublin

Best Organic Fresh Seafood Product

Irish Organic Sea Trout, Irish Seafood Producers Group, Connemara, Co. Galway

Best Organic Grocery

Organic Jumbo Oats, Kilbeggan Organic Foods, Westmeath

Best Organic Dairy Product

Organic No Added Sugar Vanilla Kids Yoghurt, Glenisk, Killeigh, Offaly

Best Organic Prepared Food

Smoked Irish Organic Salmon, Burren Smokehouse, Co. Clare

Best Organic Beverage (Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic)

Bloom Mountain Organic Irish Cream Liquer, First Ireland Spirits Co. Ltd, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois

Best Organic Confectionery & Baked Good

Wilkies Dark Chocolate, Wilkie Chocolate, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

The independent judging panel for the 2012 National Organic Awards was chaired by Dr. Oliver Moore, Journalist, Researcher and Organic Blogger and included Darren Grant, Proprietor, The Organic Supermarket Blackrock, Co Dublin, Miah Buckley, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland, Evan Doyle, Proprietor, Brooklodge Wells & Spa, Suzanne Campbell, Researcher and Journalist and Mark Caviston, Retailer.

Chair of the Judging panel Dr. Oliver Moore said - “There was a real emphasis on honest, very good quality, affordable foods - foods for everyone and for everyday. Iconic yet simple Irish staples like porridge, potatoes and pork shone alongside the vitality of vegetables, from curly kale to rainbow cherry tomatoes. Organic meat and dairy too are flourishing, with world leading innovative companies and small new regional endeavours flying the flag. What also heartened the judges was how some companies were clearly listening to feedback and improving their packaging as well as their product ranges, year on year”.