Dublin Food Academy producers celebrate success at Blás na hÉireann Awards

by Rose Barrett
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Five Dublin-based producers have been recognised at Ireland’s biggest food awards, Blás na hÉireann.  All part of Supervalu’s Food Academy, winners include Cherry Orchard Community Garden, Dainty Greens, Dan & Monstro, Sushi King and Zingibeer.

Cherry Orchard Community Garden grows fresh seasonal produce using traditional gardening techniques, while Dainty Greens operate a sustainable Microgreens operation grown in Organic soil with organic seeds, both took home the prestigious Chef’s Larder award.  

Zingibeer,owned and operated by Kevin and Rachel Byrne, scooped Silver fortheir refreshing alcoholic ginger beer. Dan & Monstro took home Bronze awards for their healthy, nutritious, convenient and tasty sauces, suitable for both kids and families. Sushi King won a number of awards including Bronze for their Fish Fetish product and also Best in County for Dublin.  

Mari Donelan – Dan & Monstro

Now in its 16th year, the Blás Na hÉireann awards is the biggest annual competition for quality Irish produce across the island of Ireland with thousands of products entered hoping to win Gold, Silver or Bronze Awards across 100 food and drink categories.

Producers of SuperValu, Ireland’s largest grocery retailer, took home a remarkable 94 Blás na hÉireann awards at the awards ceremony, in another winning year for the retailer and its local producers. SuperValu Own Brand and its Food Academy producers picked up a total of 94 awards – winning 26 Gold, 24 Silver, 30 Bronze, 5 Chef Larder and 9 speciality awards! 

SuperValu Signature Tastes won 5 Gold awards: highlighting the exemplary quality across the top-tier range. This brings the total number of awards won by SuperValu and its suppliers over the last three years up to an incredible 303 awards across SuperValu Own Brand, SuperValu Signature Tastes, Food Academy, and The Happy Pear.

As Ireland’s largest grocery retailer, SuperValu understands the importance of supporting local and is committed to supporting Irish food producers throughout the country. With SuperValu’s continued success at the awards, winning over 303 accolades in the last three years alone, shows the commitment SuperValu has to the very best quality Irish food.

Cherry Orchard Community Garden-Peadar Lynch

Congratulating the Dublin food producers, Ian Allen, Managing Director, SuperValu said, Huge congratulations to all the Dublin food producers. Without the hard work and commitment to quality from these Irish food producers, we would not have the excellent range of award-winning products available in SuperValu stores.

“We are incredibly proud of our local producers as they receive the recognition they deserve. Along with supporting sustainable food producers SuperValu is committed to helping our customers make sustainable choices. We recently launched our ‘Local Action, Global Impact’ initiative which showcases the small actions we can all take to make a global impact.” 

*SuperValu serves over 2.7m customers every week and 222 stores nationwide. 

Featured Image: Dainty Greens – Paul Curry, Carol Lopez

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