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Two Northern Ireland food companies have achieved recognition from Innovate NI for their contribution to innovation. Leading artisan food producer Finnebrogue, headquartered in Downpatrick, has been named Platinum level Innovator while County Down-based Mash Direct was awarded recognition as a Silver Level Innovator.

Innovate NI is a Department for the Economy initiative, delivered by Invest NI in partnership with local councils and further education colleges. The programme recognises innovative businesses and provides guidance on best practice to help businesses innovate successfully.

Congratulating both companies, Michael Bell, NIFDA Executive Director said:

“Northern Ireland food and drink is truly world leading when it comes to quality, innovation and commercial success. Across the whole sector in Northern Ireland, food manufacturers are innovating and developing products that ensure we are firmly on the map as a centre of excellence in food and drink.

“Firms such as NIFDA members Mash Direct and Finnebrogue represent the very best of our local food and drink sector, and I congratulate both companies on achieving this well-earned recognition.”