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~ Bord Bia announces shortlist for the Food and Drink Industry Awards ~

More than 350 Irish food and drink industry leaders will gather for Bord Bia's biannual Food and Drink awards, hosted by Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan, on Wednesday 29th November in the RDS Concert Hall. Bord Bia has announced the details of 24 companies who have been shortlisted for these awards which recognise excellence and celebrate success in Ireland's largest indigenous industry. The shortlist, which includes Dawn Meats, Flahavans, Pip & Pear and The Little Milk Company, represents the most progressive, ambitious and forward-looking companies in Ireland's thriving food and drink industry.

The Little Milk Company of Dungarvan and Dawn Meats in Grannagh have both been shortlisted for two awards. Dawn Meats and The Little Milk Company are shortlisted for Export Awards, which recognise the outstanding achievement of Irish food and drink companies who continue to grow their business overseas. The Little Milk Company can be found in 14 countries while Dawn Meats do business in over 50 countries around the world.

In addition, Dawn Meats has been shortlisted for the Sustainability Award, which recognises companies that have executed sustainable commitments in relation to sourcing, resource efficiency and contributions to their local community, while The Little Milk Company will also compete with Flahavan's for the Digital Marketing Award, showing how the imaginative use of digital platforms can strengthen a company's brand and profitability. Flahavan's has been shortlisted for its online campaign for 'National Porridge Day' in conjunction with RTE's Operation Transformation and The Little Milk Company for the production of an innovative 360-degree video.

In the Innovation Award category, Pip & Pear, based on George's Street in Waterford, has been shortlisted for its development of a fresh food offering for babies and toddlers and demonstrating that they are thinking ahead and proactively delivering solutions to meet ever-evolving consumer needs.

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