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ALDI’s Irish producers enjoy success at prestigious Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards with 14 gold medal wins 

ALDI and its network of Irish-based suppliers and producers were once again big winners at this year’s Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards, taking home an impressive haul of 46 awards across several categories, including 14 gold medals, 17 silver medals and 15 bronze medals, retaining its position as Ireland’s most-awarded Discount Retailer at the key food awards for 2023.

The awards were presented on September 29th at a ceremony in Dingle. Co. Kerry. 

There was further cause for celebration following the announcement that Macroom Buffalo Cheese, a longstanding supplier to ALDI, ever since it came through the Grow with ALDI programme in 2015, won the Best in Munster award.

This year, ALDI’s gold medal-winning products were produced by ABP Meats, Callan Bacon, Carroll Cuisine, Loughnane’s of Galway, Macroom Buffalo Cheese, Oakpark, O’Hara’s of Foxford, Ribworld and Wild Irish Game, among others – all long-time suppliers and valued collaborators. 

Speaking about this year’s Blas na hÉireann wins, John Curtin, Group Buying Director at ALDI, said:At ALDI, we dedicate ourselves every day to delivering quality local food to our customers at affordable prices. This requires a serious team effort, and we could not do it without the hard work of our incredible Irish suppliers. That’s why it is so gratifying to see so many of them recognised at this year’s Blas na hÉireann Awards. With many of the winning products available year-round in 160 ALDI stores nationwide, customers can rest assured that they are availing of the best of the best when it comes to Irish food and drink. Congratulations to our producers and buying teams on this fantastic achievement.” 

Now in its 16th year, the Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. With more than 150 categories, it recognises and rewards the best of Irish food and drink. The judging process, developed in conjunction with UCC and the University of Copenhagen, is regarded as an industry ‘gold’ standard worldwide with each product subjected to a blind taste test that sees packaging and identifying features removed to ensure a level playing field. The judging panel is composed of food experts from a variety of backgrounds, including chefs, restaurateurs, academics, journalists, authors, food champions, caterers and enthusiastic home cooks. 

See below for a full list of ALDI’s 2023 Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards wins:

BaconGoldButchers Selection Irish Mini Ribs – Sweet Honey BBQRibworldTipperary
Bacon with Added FlavourGoldSpecially Selected Silverside Ham with Mulled Wine & Honey GlazeCallan BaconKilkenny
Bacon SweetGoldSpecially Selected Sweetcure Topside Ham with Gingerbread Glaze & Crumb 1kgOakparkTipperary
Beef – RibeyeGoldAldi Specially Selected Irish Wagyu Ribeye SteakABPTipperary
Cured Meat, Charcuterie – HamGoldSpecially Selected Dry Cure Italian HamCarroll CuisineOffaly
Other MeatsGoldWild Irish Game Venison SteakWild Irish GameKildare
Poultry – Chicken (Added Flavour)GoldButcher’s Selection Irish Slow Cooked Chicken Wings with a Sweet BBQ SauceCarroll CuisineOffaly
Puddings – White PuddingGoldSpecially Selected White PuddingLoughnane’s of GalwayGalway
Cheese Soft & Semi Soft (Other Milks)GoldMacroom Buffalo Buffaloumi 180gMacroom Buffalo CheeseCork
Ready Meals & Prepared Foods (Hot) – VegetarianGoldBeer Battered Onion RingsMash DirectDown
Baby & Children’s FoodGoldMamia Blackcurrant & Apple Shapes 4 x 12gKestrel FoodsArmagh
Baps & Burger BunsGoldBallymore Crust Floury BapsCoghlan’s Bakery Products Ltd.Kildare
Christmas CakesGoldSpecially Selected Vintage Christmas CakeO’Hara’sMayo
Savoury Pantry – Savoury Sauces (Egg Based)GoldSmoked Onion MayoBuilín BlastaGalway
BaconSilverAldi Specially Selected Easy Carve Ham with Fig and Christmas SpiceConnolly MeatsMonaghan
Beef – FilletSilverAldi Butchers Selection Fillet SteakABPTipperary
Bacon SweetSilverSpecially Selected Sweetcure Topside Ham with Port & Orange 1kgOakparkTipperary
PorkSilverButcher’s Selection Irish Basted Pulling Pork Shoulder Joint with BBQ Glaze and a Honey BBQ Sauce variable weight 900-1200gABP CahirTipperary
Poultry – Duck & GooseSilverSpecially Selected Whole DuckSilver Hill DuckMonaghan
Puddings – Black PuddingSilverSpecially Selected Black PuddingLoughnane’s of GalwayGalway
Cheese – Hard (Added Flavour)SilverSpecially Selected Irish Flavoured Cheddar Slices with Black Pepper 140gCarbery GroupCork
Dairy – Milk (Flavoured)SilverViva 1l Chocolate Flavoured MilkLakeland DairiesMonaghan
Seafood – Prepared Fish (Salmon)SilverSpecially Selected Salmon SensationDunn’s of DublinDublin
Ready Meals & Prepared Foods (Cold) – MeatSilverONiT Crispy Onions – Flame Grilled 95gMilgro Ltd.Derry
Baby & Children’s FoodSilverMamia Strawberry & Banana Puffs 4 x 12gMackle SnacksTyrone
Packaged Breads incl/ Sliced Brown, Batch, SeededSilverTwomey’s Multiseed LoafTwomey’sLimerick
Pastries – TartletsSilverTwomey’s Bramley & Caramel Sponge TartletsTwomey’sLimerick
Other Sweet SnacksSilverSibly Energy Balls – Classic Nut ButterThe Sibly Food CoCork
Breakfast Cereal Muesli, Porridge & Other CerealsSilverGluten Free Organic Porridge OatsNational OrganicWicklow
Sweet Sauces, Preserves & Pantry ConserveSilverGráinne’s Raspberry ConserveAbbey Farm FoodsLaois
Savoury Sauces, Condiments & Pantry – Savoury Sauces (Hot Sauce)SilverSpecially Selected Mixed Condiments – Chipotle SauceFolláinCork
Bacon – Rashers GreenBronzeSpecially Selected Dry Cure Unsmoked Back Rashers 240gOakparkTipperary
Bacon – Rashers Smoked (Streaky)BronzeSpecially Selected Honey Streaky Rashers Smoked with Christmas Spruce Pine Chips 200gOakparkTipperary
Beef – FilletBronzeSpecially Selected Irish Angus Fillet SteakABP CahirTipperary
Beef – RibeyeBronzeAldi Butchers Selection Ribeye SteakABPTipperary
Cured Meat, Charcuterie – BeefBronzeSpecially Selected New York Style PastramiGlen AineLimerick
Cured Meat, Charcuterie – HamBronzeSpecially Selected Honey Roast Ham ShavingsPilgrims FoodsWicklow
Dairy – Yogurt (Flavoured)BronzeSpecially Selected Farmhouse Lemon Curd YogurtKillowen FarmWexford
Ready Meals & Prepared Foods (Hot) – PotatoBronzeWalls Honest ChipsWalls ChipsCork
Ready Meals & Prepared Foods – Wheat BasedBronzeThe Deli Spinach & Pesto Pasta SaladWonderfoodsDublin
Baps & Burger BunsBronzeBallymore Crust Seeded Brioche Burger BunsCoghlan’s Bakery Products Ltd.Kildare
Pastries – TartletsBronzeTwomey’s Jam & Almond Bakewell TartletsTwomey’sLimerick
Sweet Dough Goods Sweet Buns (Fermented)BronzeSpecially Selected Luxury Cinnamon Buns 220g 2 PackCoghlan’s Bakery Products Ltd.Kildare
Savoury Sauces, Condiments & Pantry  – SeasoningsBronzeBramwells Chinese Curry MixFunky Monkey FoodsDublin
Savoury Pantry – RelishBronzeSpecially Selected Irish Relish – Sweet TomatoFolláinCork
Non Alcoholic Drinks – CarbonatedBronzeBlood Orange & Turmeric Organic KombuchaProKultureKildare

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