405 judges including leading retail buyers, chefs and food writers were involved in the seven-week judging process that involved over 10,000 individual products from the UK and Republic of Ireland.
This year’s awards also included the first-ever judging session to be held in Belfast. I was delighted to be asked to be one of the judges and I spent a very interesting three days in Belfast working with some wonderful people who are simply and totally passionate about food.
This year six Irish Food Producers claimed the ultimate 3-Gold Stars:
James Whelan Butchers, Donegal Rapeseed Oil (Castlederg), The Cloudberry Bakery, Bell Lane Coffee, Nobó Foods and Irish Atlantic Salt Ltd.
For your information - "Teo.Ltd" means "Company Ltd." in Irish Gaelic - this implies that the company is based in a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region of Ireland.