Irish food honoured at the Great Taste Awards 2012

Great Taste 2012 Award Winners

Below is a selection of Irish winners in the Great Taste 2012 awards, a continuation of the list featured in last week’s Farming publication.

The number of Irish winners in the Great Taste Awards has shot up from 161 winners just two years ago to 535 this year.

The biggest independent benchmarking scheme for local, regional and speciality foods in Britain and Ireland, 8,807 entries were whittled down to 123 three-star winners.

Last week, we featured a selection of three-star and two-star winners, including producers of preserves, meat and yoghurts. The list continues here from the ‘Other Dairy’ onwards in the two-star section:

Other Dairy

Yeats Country 25% Sour Cream, Green Pastures (Donegal).

Yeats Country 41% Mascarpone, Green Pastures (Donegal).

Irish Yoghurts Creme Fraiche, Irish Yogurts Ltd.

Cuinneog Irish Farm House Country Butter, Cuinneog Ltd, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

TS Organic Salted Butter, Arla Foods (UK); Tesco Ireland.

Dunnes Stores Brandy Butter, Connacht Gold., Ballymote, Co Sligo.

Cuinneog Natural Buttermilk, Cuinneog Ltd.

Loseley Summer Meadow Butter, Dale Farm Ltd, Belfast.

Fivemiletown Housewives Choice Butter, Fivemiletown Creamery, Co Tyrone.


Dromona Medium Cheddar, Dale Farm Ltd.

Dromona Vintage Cheddar, Dale Farm Ltd.

Dromona Medium Cheddar, Dale Farm Ltd.

Dromona Mature Cheddar, Dale Farm Ltd.

Dromona Extra Mature Cheddar, Dale Farm Ltd.

Boilíe Cow’s Cheese filled with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Fivemiletown Creamery.

Fivemiletown USA Style Cream Cheese, Fivemiletown Creamery.

Milleens Dote, Milleens Cheese Ltd, Eyeries, Co Cork.

Finest Long Clawson Mature Blue Stilton, Long Clawson Dairy Ltd (UK), Tesco Ireland.

Wicklow Blue, Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese Ltd, Arklow, Co Wicklow.

Yeats Country Organic Light in Fat Soft Cheese, Green Pastures (Donegal).

Cashel Blue, J & L Grubb Ltd/Cashel Cheese, Fethard, Co Tipperary.

McCarthy’s Natural Dairy, Probiotic Yoghurt Cheese, McCarthy’s Natural Dairy, Macroom, Co Cork.

Ardagh Specially Selected Irish Cheese Selection, Traditional Cheese Co; Aldi Ireland.

Ardagh Specially Selected Irish Cheese Selection, Traditional Cheese Co; from Aldi Ireland.

Ardagh Specaily Selected Irish Cheese Selection, Traditional Cheese Co; Aldi Ireland.

Crozier Blue, J & L Grubb Ltd/Cashel Cheese.

Specially Selected Continental Cheese Selection, Eurilait (France); Aldi.

Simply Better Gortnamona, Traditional Cheese Co Ltd., Dublin 12.

Yeats Country Spreadable Goat’s Cheese with Cranberry & Port, Green Pastures (Donegal).

SuperValu Goat’s Cheese, Five Mile Town; Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

Cheese Emporium Goats Cheese Log, Eurilait (France); Aldi Ireland.


Dunnes Stores Simply Better Corn Fed Chicken with Buttered Shallot And White Wine Stuffing, Carton Bros Ltd., Shercock, Co Cavan.

Dunnes Stores Piri Piri Chicken Fillets, Carton Bros.

Dunnes Stores Fresh Irish Turkey & Ham Roast, Hogans Farm, Kells, Co Meath.

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Fresh Irish Turkey & Duck Breast, Hogans Farm.

SuperValu Part Boned Chicken Breast Garlic Kiev, Carton Bros; Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

Duck Breast with Garlic & Pepper, Silver Hill Foods; Lidl Northern Ireland GmbH.


Cully & Sully Mushroom Soup, Cully & Sully Ltd., Shanagarry, Co Cork.

Celeriac, Pear & Brie Soup, The Butler’s Pantry, Bray, Co Wicklow.

Doweys Vegetable Soup, John R Dowey/Simon Dowey, Lurgan, Co Armagh.

Vegetable Soup, McKee’s Butchers, Maghera, Co Londonderry.

Prepared meals

SuperValu Fresh Spaghetti Pasta, Lazzaroni (Italy); Musgrave Retail Partners.

SuperValu Fresh Pasta Fusilli, Lazzaroni; Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

Specially Selected Italian Fresh Pasta, Horst Heier (Germany); Aldi Ireland.

Chicken Korma, Bombay Pantry, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow.

Madrid Chicken & Chorizo Stew, Mora Foods Ltd, Dub 7.

Atlantic Treasures Smoked Irish Mackerel with a Honey & Mustard Glaze, Island Seafoods Ltd., Killybegs, Co Donegal.

SuperValu Chunky Cod, Northern Foods; Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

Sakana Fish Sushi Selection, Oishii Foods Ltd.

Finest Moroccan Cous Cous, Natures Best; Tesco Ireland.

Salmon of Knowledge, Sushi King, Dublin 4.

Neptune, Sushi King.

Chicken Teriyaki Salad, Sushi King.

Salmon Teriyaki Salad, Sushi King.

SuperValu Supreme Potato Gratin, Dunhill, Co Waterford; Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

SuperValu Supreme Cauliflower Cheese, Dunhill; Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

SQ Bistro Style Leaf Salad, Wonderfoods Ltd, Dublin.

Chicken Tikka Masala, Bombay Pantry.

Curry Sauce Gluten Free, Bombay Pantry.

Savoury Mince Pie, Cloughbane Farm Shop.

Doweys Steak Pie, John R Dowey/Simon Dowey.

Steak & Onion Pie, McCartney’s of Moira Ltd.

Chicken & Ham Pie, McCartney’s of Moira Ltd.

Bacon & Cheddar Quiche, Hungry House Foods, Craigavon, Co Armagh.

Chicken & Leek Pie, Chapman’s, Portadown, Co Armagh.

Shepherds Pie, Cloughbane Farm Shop.

Mash Direct Colcannon/Bubble & Squeak, Mash Direct Ltd, Comber, Co Down.

Mash Direct Green Cabbage, Mash Direct Ltd.

Mash Direct Potato Cakes, Mash Direct Ltd.


Raspberry Royale Water-based Ganache, Lir Chocolates, Navan, Co Meath.

Whole Hazelnut Praline Truffle, The Chocolate Garden of Ireland, Tullow, Co Carlow.

Coffee (filled chocolate), Cocoa Atelier, Dublin 2.

Dark Zesty Lime (Chocolate bar), Áine’s Handmade chocolates, Stradone, Co Cavan.

Dark Seville Orange (Chocolate bar), Aine’s Handmade chocolates.

Piemont Hazelnuts Bar 38% (Chocolate bar), Cocoa Atelier.

Orange Blossom Honey Nougat, Lorge Chocolatier, Bonane, Co Kerry.

Sugar Free Milk Chocolate, Áine’s Hand Made Chocolates.

Christmas Pudding (Gluten & Wheat Free), The Foods Of Athenry Ltd.

Granola Bar (Gluten & Wheat Free), The Foods Of Athenry Ltd.

Multiseed Craic’ers (Gluten & Wheat Free), The Foods Of Athenry Ltd.

Wheat Free Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie, The Cake and Crumb, Emyvale, Co Monaghan.

Wheat Free Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Mix, The Cake and Crumb.

Handcrafted Gluten Free Fruit Cake, Nibbles Food Emporium, Millstreet, Co. Cork.

Gluten & Wheat Free Gingerbread Biscuits, Wellness Baking & Tokaji Wine Ireland, Listowel, Co Kerry.

Forest Feast Savoury Mediterranean Mix, Kestrel Foods Ltd, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Caramel Fingers, Hungry House Foods, Craigavon, Co. Armagh.

Sweet Rolled Oat Crisp, The Heatherlea, Bangor, Co Down.

Rocky Roads, Chapman’s, Portadown, Co Armagh.

All Butter Shortbread, Ann’s Pantry (Home Bakery & Coffee Shop), Larne, Co Antrim.

Forest Feast Mahana Exotic, Kestrel Foods Ltd.

Forest Feast Dried Sliced Coconut, Kestrel Foods Ltd.

Forest Feast Mango Sour, Kestrel Foods Ltd.

Forest Feast Dried Wonder Berries, Kestrel Foods Ltd.

Forest Feast Tropical Dried Pineapple Rings, Kestrel Foods Ltd.

Banana Cake, Chapman’s, Portadown, Co Armagh.

Carrot Cake, Ann’s Pantry (Home Bakery & Coffee Shop).

Tesco ISB Finest Cherry Scone, Genesis Crafty.

Madagascar Vanilla Fudge, Blackthorn Foods, Belfast.

Irish Cream Liqueur & White Chocolate Fudge, Blackthorn Foods.

Honeycomb and Dark Chocolate Fudge, Blackthorn Foods.

Luxury Fudge, Granny Braid’s Confectionery, Ballymena, Co Antrim.

Granny Braid’s Irish Fudge, Granny Braid’s Confectionery.

Christmas Pudding, The Heatherlea.

Sticky Toffee Pudding, Chapman’s.

Meringue Fingers, Chapman’s.

Poor Bear’s Delight Ice Cream, Mauds Ice Cream, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim.

Linwoods Shelled Hemp, Linwoods, Co Armagh.

Linwoods Milled Organic Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds, Linwoods,

Linwoods Whole Sun-dried Goji Berries, Linwoods,

Very Delicious Christmas Pudding, The Foods Of Athenry Ltd.

Byrne’s Bakery Irish Christmas Pudding, Seerys of Heatherfield, Tinryland, Co Carlow; Aldi Ireland.

SuperValu Supreme Christmas Pudding, Seerys; Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

Superquinn SQ Luxury Christmas Pudding, The Foods Of Athenry Ltd.

Bakers Basket Apple Pie, Deliciously Different Cake Co Ltd, Santry, Dublin.

The Market’s Irish Apple Pie with Ginger Crumble, The Market Foodstore, Dublin 18.

Vanilla Panna Cotta, Glenilen Farm, Drimoleague, Co Cork.

Indulgent Raspberry Panna Cotta, Fusco Foods, Blackrock, Dublin.

Banoffee Roulade, Fusco Foods.

Sicilian Lemon Roulade, Fusco Foods.

Irish Cream Liqueur and Brown Bread ice Cream, Tipperary Organic Ice Cream, Tullow, Co Carlow.

Chocablok Billionaire Shortcake, R&R Ice Cream, Tesco Ireland Chocablok Gold Digger Extremist, R&R Ice Cream (UK), Tesco Ireland.

Simply Better Sticky Toffee Brittle Ice Cream, Silver Pail Dairy, Fermoy, Co Cork.

SuperValu Supreme Truffle Fudge Irish Dairy Ice Cream, SilverPail; Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

SuperValu Honeycomb Ice Cream, Lakeland Dairies; Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

Froberry Mango, Froberry Ltd, Dublin 4.

The Pantry Muffin Mix, Allied Mills (Neills); Aldi Ireland.

McCloskey’s Rich Fruit Brack, McCloskey’s Bakery, Drogheda, Co Louth.

Larkins Special Brack, Larkins Bakery.

Byrne’s Bakery Butter Lattice Tarts, DeAviateur (Netherlands); Aldi Ireland.

Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake, Deliciously Different Cake Co Ltd.

Profiterole Log, Patisserie Royale Ltd, Dublin 24.

Chocolate Fudge Cake, Sam’s Cookies Ltd, Bray, Co Wicklow.

Truffle Fairy Chocolate Brownie, The Truffle Fairy, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny.

McCloskey’s Crumpets, McCloskey’s Bakery.

Mince Pies, Delicious: the Gluten Free Bakery, Carrigaline, Co Cork.

Christmas Pudding, Delicious: the Gluten Free Bakery.

Apricot & Cherry Cake, Honest Bread & Cakes Ltd, Roscommon.

BFree Brown Seeded Rolls, BFree Foods Ltd., Dublin 4.

Gookies Triple Chocolate Cookie Dough, Gookies.

Mulled Wine Sugar Spices, Green Saffron Spices Ltd, Annacotty, Co Limerick.

SuperValu Yogurt Rice Cakes, National Organic Products, Killarney, Co Kerry; Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

Keogh’s Dubliner Irish Cheese & Onion Potato Crisps, Keogh’s Crisps Ltd, Oldtown, Co Dublin.

Keogh’s Roast Beef & Irish Stout, Keogh’s Crisps Ltd.

Hand Cut Crisps Mature Cheese & Onion, Tayto NI; Tesco Ireland.

Snackrite Brasserie Crisps, Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar Flavour, Kolak (UK); Aldi Ireland.

Specially Selected Handcooked Crisps, Cheddar Onion, Tayto; Aldi Ireland.

Salted Popcorn, Largo Food Export, Ashbourne, Co Meath; Lidl Northern Ireland GmbH.

Orange & Poppy Seed Cookies, Carleton Cake Co, Cootehill, Co Cavan.

Buttermilk Pancakes, Billy’s Bakery, Ballina, Co Mayo.


O’Sheas Irish Ale,Carlow Brewing Company, Aldi Ireland, Naas, Co Kildare.

Belfast Black 4.2% abv, Whitewater Brewing Company, Kilkeel, Co Down.

Belfast Ale 4.5% abv, Whitewater Brewing Company.

Irish Whiskey 40%, roduced by Cooley Distillery, Lidl Northern Ireland GmbH.

Irish Cream Liqueur 17%, Terra, Bailieboro, Co Cavan, Lidl Northern Ireland GmbH.

Lough Hyne, Drombeg Spirits, Union Hall, Co Cork.

Kennedy’s Whiskey, Drombeg Spirits.

Freshly Squeezed Valencia Smooth Orange Juice, Sunshine Juice Ltd, Carlow.

SuperValu Supreme Grapefruit Juice 1l x6, Sunshine Juice, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

Tesco Finest Breakfast Juice, Keelings Juice, Tesco Ireland.

Not From Concentrate Orange & Mango Juice, P Mulrine & Sons, Co. Donegal, Aldi Ireland.

Clare Spring Water 250ml Sparkling, Clare Spring Water Ltd., Ennis, Co Clare.

Luxury Leaf Tea, Robert Roberts Ltd., Tallaght, Dublin.

Bewley’s Fair Trade Special Blend Tea, Bewley’s Ltd., Dublin 17.

Java Republic House Blend, Java Republic Roasting Company, Dublin 15.

McGraths Reserve Blend 80s Tea Bags, Robert Roberts, Aldi Ireland.

Irish Breakfast Tea 80s, Bewley’s Ltd.

Bewley’s Decaf Blend, Bewley’s Ltd.

Cha Very Berry Organic Tea, Café de Cuba, Dublin 8.

Tangerine Dream Sencha Green Tea, Kingfisher Tea, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Green Yunnan, Java Republic Roasting Company.

Diplomat Green Tea & Jasmine, Keith Spicer Ltd, Aldi Ireland.

Peppermint, Kingfisher Tea, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Organic Chamomile Dream, Solaris Botanicals Ltd, Galway.

Camillo, Java Republic Roasting Company.

Red Berry Infusion, Keith Spicer, Bewley’s Ltd.

Jasmine Tea, Bailie’s Hand Roasted Coffee, Belfast.

Punjana Single Estate Tea Bags, Punjana Ltd, Belfast.

Spiced Citrus, Gebruder Wollenhaupt GmbH (Germany), Suki Teahouse Ltd, Belfast.

Indian Chai, Dethlefsen & Balk GmbH (Germany), Suki Teahouse Ltd.

Punjana Loose Tea, Punjana Ltd.

Grounded Grey, Grounded Espresso Bars, Newry, Co Down.

Thompson’s Punjana Original Tea Bags, Punjana Ltd.

Punjana Fair Trade Tea Bags, Punjana Ltd.

Tesco Finest Tea Bags, Punjana Ltd.

Thompson’s Punjana Irish Breakfast Tea Bags, Punjana Ltd.

Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls, Gebruder Wollenhaupt GmbH (Germany), Suki Teahouse Ltd.

Blood Orange, Java Republic Roasting Company Cafe House Blend, Bewley’s Ltd.

Bewley’s Organic Fair Trade Guatemala, Bewley’s Ltd.

Colombian, Robert Roberts Ltd.

American , Robert Roberts Ltd.

Costa Rica, Robert Roberts Ltd.

Guatamala, Robert Roberts Ltd.

Havana Blend, Robert Roberts Ltd.

Bistro Blend, Robert Roberts Ltd.

Diplomat Blend, Robert Roberts Ltd.

SQ Handroasted Select, Java Republic Roasting Company.

Alcafe Original Blend Roast & Ground, Bewleys Limited, Aldi Ireland.

Specially Selected Single Origin Roast & Ground Colombian, Bewleys Limited, Aldi Ireland.

Fair Trade Harmony Blend, Bewley’s Ltd.

Bewley’s Espresso Beans, Bewley’s Ltd.

European Espresso, Pónaire Coffee Roastery, Annacotty, Co Limerick.

Romano Blend, McCabe’s Coffee, Newtown Mount Kennedy, Co Wicklow.

FS Cactus Espresso, Java Republic Roasting Company.

FS Fairtrade Spyder, Java Republic Roasting Company.

FS Zombi Espresso, Java Republic Roasting Company.

FS Owaka Beans, Java Republic Roasting Company.

ItsaEspresso, Java Republic Roasting Company.

Retail Munkey Beans, Java Republic Roasting Company.

Retail Haitian Espresso Beans, Java Republic Roasting Company.

Johnsons Kenya Coffee, Johnson Brothers (Belfast) Ltd.

Puccini Espresso (100% Arabica), Bailie’s Hand Roasted Coffee, Belfast.

Sweet Wonders Espresso, Bailie’s Hand Roasted Coffee.

Grounded House Espresso, Grounded Espresso Bars.

Bewley’s Chocolait, Barry Callebaut, Bewley’s Ltd.

Seduction Hot Chocolate, Bailie’s Hand Roasted Coffee.

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