Sunday, 18th February 2018
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Bord Bia announces 2017 Food and Drink Industry Award winners

Irish food and drink companies, including Waterford based Dawn Meats and Pip & Pear, received top industry honours at Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Industry Awards in the RDS, Dublin recently.

The awards celebrate businesses who have demonstrated excellence in the production, promotion and growth of the Irish food and drink industry in Ireland and overseas.

The 'Innovation Award’ went to Pip & Pear, based on George’s Street in Waterford, who demonstrated a very impressive and well thought out marketing strategy to create a new category within the baby food sector for chilled fresh baby food. The company demonstrated a consumer- focussed approach to developing a new product based on a core insight that parents want to feed their baby the best.

Dawn Meats in Grannagh received the 'Sustainability Award’ for the development of a sustainability strategy in conjunction with key stakeholders including farmers and customers. A member of Origin Green, the food and drink industry’s sustainability programme, the company has illustrated progress in operations and a commitment to the future through Sustainable Sourcing; Animal Welfare; Resource Management; People and Community; Innovation and Nutrition. Dawn Meats is a second-generation family owned Irish company with operations in nine European countries marketing quality beef and lamb products to over 40 countries.

The awards were presented by Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bia said, who said "Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Awards provide us with an opportunity to acknowledge the trailblazers in the Irish food and drink industry. These companies have demonstrated excellence and innovation in their use of marketing principles and consumer insight and provide an example of best practice which new and emerging businesses can aspire to.

I would like to congratulate and applaud all winning companies for their vision and determination to succeed which is helping us to develop the positive reputation for Irish food and drink on the global market."

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