Shane McEntee, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for Food, Horticulture & Food Safety this week announced the winners of the National Organic Awards 2011 at an awards ceremony in Bord Bia. Crowe’s Farm, Gortussa, Dundrum, Co.Tipperary was awarded the Best Organic Fresh Meat Product at the National Organic Awards for its Organic Back Rashers.
2011 marks the fifth year for the National Organic Awards, organised by Bord Bia, and this year saw a 100% increase in the number of companies entering products. A total of 169 individual products were judged with awards given in eight different categories.
Minister of State Shane McEntee, who presented the awards, took the opportunity to congratulate Bord Bia on the work that they are currently doing within the organic sector, and have now been doing for several years, to help develop it into the future stating, “These awards have now become recognised as being an important and permanent feature of the organic food and drink industry in this country. It is events like this that continue to raise awareness among consumers about what organic food and farming is all about and where they can source organic produce”
Speaking about the 2011 award entries Eileen Bentley, Manager, Small Business Department, Bord Bia said ‘It was really encouraging to see so many new award entrants which shows the range of organic production in Ireland and the greater availability of organic produce to Irish consumers. We had a 100% increase in the number of companies entering products this year and we were delighted to present awards in eight different categories.”