150 GS1 Ireland Members win Blas Awards

Oct 27, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Blas

The winners of the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards have recently been announced, with over 150 GS1 Ireland members among them. With the annual celebration in Dingle deferred for the second year in a row, this year’s winners came together on social media on the 2nd of October for a virtual celebration of the very best in Irish food. This year saw a record number of entries in the awards and the team at Blas na hÉireann has been working since March to ensure that the Blas Awards 2021 went ahead, sustaining their commitment to celebrating the very best in Irish food and drink. Chairperson Artie Clifford feels that now, more than ever, it is essential to shine a light and give a  boost to the talented producers dotted around the island.

Record Level Entry

“These are the 14th annual Blas na hÉireann awards,” says Artie, “and despite the very challenging situation, I am delighted to report a record entry level from producers right across the island. This large increase in entries has raised the bar across all categories, allowing us to introduce new products and producers to the buyers and press with whom we work, which is really exciting. Congratulations to all the winners and to every producer who participated. It is always such a rewarding experience to see the wealth of exceptional foods being produced on the island of Ireland, and this has been the best year yet.”

The Judging

The biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself, which was developed by Blas na hÉireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC and the University of Copenhagen, is now recognised as an industry gold standard worldwide. Products from every county in Ireland were entered into this year’s competition to win Gold, Silver or Bronze Blas na hÉireann awards in over 150 food and drink categories, as well as key awards like Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer.

The GS1 Ireland Blas Producer Map

Last year, GS1 Ireland worked with Blas to create an interactive map showcasing Blas finalists and winners. To find out about the award-winning food and drink producers in your area, click here. Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners of Blas 2021.

Winning GS1 Ireland Members

A Bit on the Side

ABP Foodgroup

Aine Chocolates

Arthur Mallon Foods

Aurivo Consumer Foods

Avoca Ireland

Ayle Foods

Ballyhoura Apple Farm

Ballyhubbock Farm

Ballymaguire Foods

Bandon Vale

Beara Bitters

The Bolton Family Jams

Blanco Niño

Bó Rua Farm

Broderick's

Builin Blasta Teo

Caherbeg Free Range Pork

Callan Bacon

Camos Artisan Foods

Cape Clear Island Distillery

Carleton Cakes

Carroll Cuisine

Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers

Cistin na hEireann

Clare Anne Taylor Couture Cakes

Clarkes Fresh Fruit

Clonakilty Food Company

Coghlans Bakery

Connolly Meats

Cooleeney

Copper Pan Kitchen

Couverture Desserts

CPAC Foods

Cullys Craft Bakery

Dingle Distillery

Dinkin's Bakery

Donegal Rapeseed Oil

Dromod Boxty

Dunn's of Dublin

Traditional Cheese Company

En Place Foods

Errigal Bay

Fancy Fungi Gourmet Mushrooms

Filligans Handmade Preserves

Follain

Freshcut Foods

Freshways Food Co

Funky Monkey Foods

Galmere Fresh foods

Garryhinch Wood Exotic

Gem Pack Foods

Glanbia Ireland

Glenpatrick Spring Water

Goatsbridge Fish Processors

Golden Bake

Graham's Mustard

Green Pastures Donegal

Greenfield Foods

Grove Turkeys

Hanleys Puddings

Happy Days Artisan Ice Cream

Harvest Moon Foods

Hassetts Bakers & Confectioners

Highbank Orchards

Hilton Foods

Hodgins Sausages

Hogans Farm

Ice Cream Treats

Irish Country Meats

Irish Yogurts Clonakilty

Isle of Crackers

Java Republic

Johnson Brothers (Belfast)

Jump Juice

Kearney's Home Baking

Kelly's of Newport (Artisan Butchers)

Keogh's Farm

Keohane Seafoods

Kepak Group

Kerry Foods

Killowen Farm

Kinsale Mead Co

Knockanore Cheddar

Lakeland Dairies

Liffey Meats

Lir Chocolates

Lough Gill Brewery

Love A Little

Killua Castle

Magners Farm

Manning's Bakery

Manor Farm

Mauds Ice Creams

McCarthy's of Kanturk

McCormack Family Farms

Morehampton Foods

Morgans Fine Fish

Mr.Crumb

Natural Dairies

Naturally Cordial

Natures Best

Natures Oils & Sauces

Newgrange Gold

North Cork Creameries

Oakpark Foods

O'Brien Fine Foods

O'Haras Bakery

Oliver Carty

On The Pigs Back (La charcuterie Irlandaise)

O'Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co

Pettitt's Supervalu

Pipin Pear

Prestige Foods

Quinlan's Kerry Fish

Rebel Chilli

Roll It Pastry

Royal County Puddings

Ryans Bakery Wexford

Rye River Brewing Company

Saturday Pizzas

Scup Gelato

Sean Loughnanes

Sean Stafford Bakeries

Seerys / Heatherfield

Shannonvale

Sheridans Cheesemongers

Silver Hill Duck

Skeaghanore West Cork Farm

Sofrimar

Spice O Life

St Tola

Stonewell Cider

Sunshine Juice

Sushi King

Tasty Parlour

Lisduggan Farm Foods

Terra Spirits & Liqueurs

The Burren Butcher

The Butler's Pantry

The Cupcake Bloke

The Foods of Athenry

The Hungry Vegan

The Tipperary Cheese Company

The Village Dairy

trusTEA

Tullahay Farm

Valentia Island Vermouth

Valeo Foods

Velo Coffee Roasters

VF Foods

Viking Irish Drinks

Waldron Family

Walshs Bakehouse

West Cork Distillers

West of Dingle

Wexford Home Preserves

Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese

Wild About

Wonderfoods

Zaeire Artisan Chocolates

Zanna Cookhouse

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