NIFDA Annual Dinner 2019 – Highlights
Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive for Food at the Co-Op was the keynote speaker at the 23rd Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association’s (NIFDA) Annual Dinner – the largest annual gathering of the Northern Ireland food processing industry. The event, run in partnership with Danske Bank, was held on Thursday 17th October in the Hilton Hotel, Belfast.
Over 250 people attended the event, which is recognised as an opportunity for food and drink industry leaders to discuss how the industry and its customers can address challenges and achieve successful growth.
The biennial Northern Ireland Food and Drink Awards are the most important awards in Northern Ireland’s entire business calendar. That is because some 100,000 private sector jobs depend on the agri-food supply chain with an industry turnover of £5bn.
The 15th NIFDA Awards took place on Friday 22nd March 2019 at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast.
Ulster Bank Best New Product, Large Company
Linden Foods Ltd, 4 Lamb Loin with Honey Roasted Parsnips – Joint Winner
Finnebrogue Artisan, Naked Unsmoked Back Bacon – Joint Winner
Dale Farm, Milk Plus – Highly Commended
Ulster Bank Best New Product, Medium Company
Mash Direct, Beer Battered Onion Rings – Winner
Ulster Bank Best New Product, Small Company
Cloughbane Farm Foods, Spicy Lentil & Root Vegetable Casserole – Winner
The Echlinville Distillery, Echlinville Irish Pot Still Gin – Highly Commended
Big Pot Co Ltd, Classic Chicken and Vegetable Handmade Soup – Highly Commended
Deloitte Service Sector Award
Gilfresh Produce, Sliced Leeks – Winner
Linden Foods, Turf and Clover Chuck and Cheek Burger – Highly Commended
Rademon Estate Distillery, Shortcross Gin Bar Tenders Series #1 – Highly Commended
DAERA Agri-Food Supply Chain Excellence Award
ABP, Blade Farming Project – Winner
Foyle Food Group, Aberdeen Angus Quality Beef Superior Genetics Programme – Highly Commended
Invest NI Best International or GB Product Launch
Kestrel Foods, Forest Feast Fruit Ball Range – Winner
Dale Farm, WPC80 Lactosyn, low lactose high protein whey – Highly Commended
Linden Foods, Beef Teriyaki Stir Fry – Highly Commended
safefood Food Safety Champion Award
Hilary Faith, Pritchitts – Winner
Ulster Bank Outstanding Contribution Award
Trevor Lockhart, Chief Executive, Fane Valley Foods – Winner
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