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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.

Award winners:

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