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Great Taste 2014 Stars


Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster today announced that Northern Ireland food and drink companies have broken all previous records in this year’s UK Great Taste Awards.

99 Northern Ireland companies have secured an all-time record of 264 awards, including 11 in the highest three-stars category, in the UK’s most important taste competition organised annually by the UK Guild of Fine Food.

Arlene Foster said: “This is an outstanding set of results in what is regarded as the most significant and trend setting food and drink event in the British Isles, and many parts of Europe.

“It demonstrates the quality, outstanding taste and creativity of producers, mostly smaller businesses and artisan enterprises here. The spread of award winners to virtually every part of Northern Ireland recognises the strength of our food industry, and in particular the meat sector, where eleven of the 18 products listed received three-stars.

“Our companies have achieved more three-star golds this year than ever before, an overall total of 349 gold stars, and more than any other region of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. This highlights that Northern Ireland has become the UK’s main food and drink production centre, a source of products that offer outstanding taste, wholesomeness and safety. I would like to congratulate all of those who have been recognised for their hard work and dedication.”

Hannan Meats in Moira, winner of the Supreme Champion Award in 2012, gained an unprecedented seven three-star golds, the highest ranking in the awards, for its beef and bacon that’s dry-aged in the world’s biggest Himalayan Salt Chamber.

The Minister added: “The Northern Ireland Executive recognises the potential of the food industry to strengthen rural communities in terms of wealth creation and greater employment opportunities and supports the Agri-Food Strategy Board’s Going for Growth Action Plan.

“These Great Taste results, especially the new food ideas, are already attracting the attention of major UK retailers including Harrods – the sponsor of the Great Taste Awards, Selfridges and Fortnum and Mason.

“Invest Northern Ireland is already working closely with many of the award winners to help them to turn their achievements in the competition into business with key retailers in Britain and further afield.”

The 18 products to rate three-stars go forward to the final stage of the awards on 8 September in London, when the Supreme Champion Award will be announced along with other category winners in the Ambient Foods, Farmshop and Deli Signature Dish and the Northern Ireland Regional Fork. The Northern Ireland companies will also be in the running to be included in the Top 50 Foods.

This year’s awards included the first ever judging session to be held in Belfast. Overall, 405 judges including leading retail buyers, chefs and food writers were involved in the seven-week judging process that involved 10,000 individual products from the UK and Republic of Ireland.



Baronscourt Estate, Omagh – Venison Loin

Donegal Rapeseed Oil, Castlederg – Cold-pressed Virgin Rapeseed Oil

Ewing Seafoods, Belfast – Walter’s Ma’s Traditional Smoked Scallops

Flossie’s Fudge, Coleraine – Lightly Malted Fudge

Greenmount Meats, Armagh – Game Pie

K&G McAtamney, Ballymena – Creamy Pepper Steak Pie

Hannan Meats, Moira – Moyallon Three Sweet Bacon Ribs
– Himalayan Salt Aged Rib Chop
– Himalayan Salt Aged Rib of Beef
– Himalayan Salt Aged Beef Fillet aged on the bone for 28 days
– Himalayan Salt Aged T-Bone Steak aged for a minimum of 28 days
– Rib-eye Steak aged on the bone for 28 days
– Himalayan Salt Aged Tagliata aged for a minimum of 40 days

Maud’s Ice Cream, Carrickfergus – Strawberry Ice cream with fresh strawberries, whole milk and double cream

Quail’s Fine Foods, Banbridge – 28-Day Salt Aged Sirloin Steak

Suki Teahouse, Belfast – Whole Peppermint Tea and Apples Love Mint

Thompson’s Family Teas, Belfast – Organic Green Tea with Pineapple


Amber Catering and Cakes, Antrim – Bacon and Cheese Wheaten Loaf

Ann’s Pantry, Larne – Traditional Brown Irish Soda Bread

Abernethy Butter, Dromara – Smoked Butter

Bailie’s Coffee, Belfast – Silvio Estate Coffee

Baronscourt, Omagh – French Rack of Venison

Baked in Belfast, Enniskillen – Pernod and local Bramley Apple Jam

Broighter Gold Rapeseed, Limavady – Rapeseed Oil infused with Basil

Buchanan’s Turkeys, Kilrea – Slow Grown Turkey

Chapman’s Fine Foods, Portadown – Soda Farl made with buttermilk and cooked on the griddle and Bramley Apple Crumble

CoCouture, Belfast – Ginger and Chocolate Chip Cookie

East Coast Seafoods, Downpatrick – Oak Smoked Salmon Side
– Chorizo Picante Savoury

En Place Foods (UK), Cookstown – Fig and Armagnac Jam

Eva Paris, Killinchy – Pistachio Macaron

Kay’s Kitchen, Armagh – Organic Fruit Spread Suitable for Diabetics

Keenan Seafoods, Belfast – Traditional Irish Sea Haddock Naturally Oak Smoked
– Traditional Irish Hake Naturally Oak Smoked

Hannan Meats, Moira – Moyallon Sweet Cured Bacon Chop
– Belfast Cured Pork Jowl
– Sirloin Salt-Aged Steak
– Ribeye Delmonico Dry-Aged on the Salt-Aged Steam minimum 28 days
– Porterhouse Dry-Aged Steak in Himalayan Salt Chamber

Hilden Brewery, Lisburn – Barney’s Brew Ale

Karro Foods, Cookstown – Cookstown Smoked Back Bacon
– Dunnes Unsmoked Streaky Bacon Rasher

Kay’s Kitchen, Armagh – Organic Fruit Spread Suitable for Diabetics

Kettyle Irish Foods, Lisnaskea – 28-Day Dry-Aged Tomahawk Steak for M&S
– Lamb aged for 28 days in a Salt Moss Chamber for M&S
– Guinness Burger

La Coquine, Holywood – Tipsy Elephant Chocolate
– Macerated Cherry Chocolate

Linden Foods, Dungannon – Irish Hereford Beef

Linen Hill Kitchen and Deli, Banbridge – Paradise Slice
– Wheaten Bread with Irish Stout

MA Quail Butchers, Dromore – Braised Steak and Onion Pie

McKee’s Farmshop and Deli, Holywood – Crispy Roast Potatoes with Rosemary and Thyme

Maud’s Ice Cream, Carrickfergus – Cookie Ice Cream

Morelli’s Ice Cream, Coleraine – Frozen Natural Yoghurt Rippled with a Tangy Cherry Fruit Compote

Passion Preserve, Lisburn – Kasundi Preserve

Pure Gusto, Lisburn – Signature Brazilian Coffee
– Decaff Espresso Beans

Quail’s Fine Foods, Banbridge – Dry-Cure Hand Sliced Bacon
– 28 Day Salt Aged Steak

Rich Sauces, Newtownards – Fish Bouillon

Tamnagh Foods, Maghera – Beetroot Pickle with spices

Thompson’s Family Teas, Belfast – Punjana High grown Kenyan Tea blended with Assam solely from Behora Estate

White’s, Tandragee – Irish Oatmeal Steel Cut Oats
– Toat’ly Oaty Multi Seeds

Yellow Door Deli, Portadown – Farmhouse Handmade Rustic Brown Loaf


A Slice of Heaven, Newtownards – Luscious Lemon Cake

Abernethy Butter, Dromara – Handmade salted butter

Angus Farmshop, Greyabbey – Pork and Pepper Sausage
– Beef and Irish Stout Sausage

Ann’s Pantry, Larne – Brown Spelt Soda Bread
– Guinness Wheaten
– Spelt Boiled Cake
– Ginger Cake
– Custard Tart

Armagh Cider, Armagh – Madden’s Mellow Armagh Cider
– Carson’s Premium Armagh Cider

Avondale Foods, Lurgan – Sweet Chilli Coleslaw
– Dunnes Stores Simply Better Coleslaw
– Cabbage, Carrot, Apple & Cranberries in Mayonnaise Dressing

Bailie’s Coffee, Belfast – Fairtrade Espresso (90% Arabica, 10% Robusta)
– Fairtrade 100% (Espresso 50% Columbia, 40% Guatemala, 10% Ethiopia)
– Sweet Wonders Espresso

Baked in Belfast, Enniskillen – Gin and Tonic Marmalade

Barley Cove Bakery, Belfast – Seaweed and Crispy Onion Soda Bread
– Treacle Wheaten Bread

Blackthorn Foods, Belfast – Melting Pot Spiced Orange Fudge

Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil, Limavady – Rapeseed Oil infused with Rosemary and Garlic
– Rapeseed Oil
– Rapeseed oil infused with Basil

Bruces Hill Farm, Antrim – Beef Sausage with Rosemary and Thyme

Buchanan’s Turkeys, Kilrea – Free-Range Bronze Turkey Breast Joint

Cafe Alana, Lurgan – Flakemeal Biscuits

Cavanagh’s Free-Range Eggs, Enniskillen – Free-Range Eggs

Chapman’s Fine Foods, Portadown – Caramel Slice
– Viennese Swirl
– Fruit Soda Scone
– Ginger Cake
– Carrot Cake
– Strawberry Jam
– Homemade Chicken and Ham Pie
– Baby Meringues
– Moroccan Cous Cous
– Beef Lasagne
– Chicken Goujons
– Chicken and Broccoli Bake
– Savoy Cabbage & Bacon
– Potato Salad
– Tomato & Red Pepper Soup

Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt, Bangor – Blueberry Yoghurt
– Greek Style Yoghurt
– Mango Yoghurt Smoothie
– Blueberry Yoghurt Smoothie

Clogher Valley Meats, Clogher – Shortbread Stars

Cloughbane Foods, Pomeroy – Homemade Stuffing
– Steak, Onion and Mushroom Pie
– Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie
– Turkey and Stuffing Pie
– Chicken and Broccoli bake

Cobden and Brown, Lurgan – 85% Cocoa Chocolate Bar
– 70% Single Estate Origin (Ecuador) Chocolate Bar

CoCouture, Belfast – Dark Chocolate Florentine

Cottage Pride, Armagh – Breakfast Marmalade with Earl Grey

Crust and Crumb, Derrylin – Tomato & Mascarpone Stone-baked Pizza

Dale Farm Dairies, Belfast – Loseley Summer Meadow Butter
– Dromona Pure Churned Butter
– Dromona Extra Mature Cheddar Cheese
– Loseley 19 Extra Mature Cheddar

Deli Maru, Belfast – Brinjal Pickle

Dunola Rapeseed Oil, Dungiven – Rapeseed Oil

East Coast Seafoods, Downpatrick – Oak Smoked Skinless Coley Fillet

En Place Foods (UK), Cookstown – Apricot and Amaretto Extra Fruit Jam
– Cherry-Berry Jam
– Plum and Elderberry Jam
– BLT Relish
– Mandarin, Pomegranate and Lime Jelly Marmalade

Erin Grove, Enniskillen – Rhubarb and Ginger Preserve

Eva Paris, Killinchy – Raspberry Macaron

Ewing Seafoods, Belfast – Irish Organic Traditionally Smoked Salmon
– Finest Traditionally Smoked Salmon
– Pale Smoked Cod Loins

Four Seasons, Belfast – Chicken Liver Pate
– Lasagne

Glastry Farm Ice Cream, Kircubbin – Dairy Ice Cream with Pure Bourbon Vanilla Bean
– Ice Cream with Pure Coconut
– Yellowman Honeycomb Ice Cream

Gracehill Foods, Ballymena – Black Pudding

Granny Braid’s Fudge, Ballymena – Fudge

Greenmount Farm, Armagh – Chicken and Ham Pie

Genesis Crafty, Magherafelt – Hand rolled White Sub Rolls
– 2 Round Sodas
– Fruited Wheaten Soda
– Seeded Sub Rolls
– Plain Scone
– Ultimate Mince Pie

Grants, Londonderry – Dry-cure Bacon

Hannan Meats, Moira – Moyallon Traditionally Dry Cure Bacon
– Moyallon Sweet Cured Ham Hock
– Himalayan Salt Aged Sirloin Dry-Aged on the Bone for 28 days
– Himalayan Salt-Aged Chateaubriand

Harnett’s Oils, Portadown – Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil

Heatherlea, Bakery, Bangor – Grandma Getty’s Caramel Sauce

Heavenly Tasty Organics, Omagh – Spaghetti Baby Food

Hilden Brewery, Lisburn – Headless Dog Pale Ale

Hillstown Farm, Randalstown – Beer-fed 28-day Dry-Aged Ribeye
– Roasted tomato and red pepper soup

Hovis, Belfast – Farmhouse Brown Soda Bread
– Square Brown Soda with Wheatgerm

Hughes Craft Distillery, Lisburn – RubyBlue Blackcurrant Liqueur

Irwin’s Bakery, Portadown – Irish Rose Fruit Loaf
– Potato Farls

Jackson’s Butchers and Bakers, Ballyclare – Wholemeal Loaf
– Steak Sausage Roll

Johnson’s Coffee, Lisburn – Medium Dark Roasted

Joy’s Artisan Foods, Groomsport – Handmade Irish Cream Liqueur and White Chocolate Fudge
– Handmade Butter Fudge
– Handmade Butter Fudge Tablet

Kay’s Kitchen, Armagh – Handmade Organic Medium Cut Marmalade

K&G McAtamney, Ballymena – French Trim Lamb Rack from Co Antrim

Karro Foods, Cookstown – Simply Better Dry Cured Whiskey Smoked Irish Gammon for Dunnes

Kearney Cheese Company, Portaferry – Blue Cheese

Keen Nutrition, Bangor – Almond Butter

Kee’s, Strabane – Outdoor Saddleback Shoulder Rack

Kettyle Irish Foods, Lisnaskea – Salt Moss Aged Sirloin for Marks and Spencer
– Fillet Steak 28-Day Aged in Salt Moss Chamber
– Senior Long Carve Sirloin

Krazi Baker, Dromore – Potato Apple Bread

La Coquine, Holywood – Salted Muscovado Caramel
– Zingy Thai Flavoured Ganache
– Whiskey Caramel

Linden Foods, Dungannon – Two Irish Hereford Ribeye Steaks

Linen Hill Kitchen and Deli, Banbridge – Piccalilli

Linwoods, Armagh – Fruit Loaf
– Milled Organic Flaxseed, Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds
– Shelled Hemp

Long Meadow Craft Cider, Armagh – Long Meadow Medium Cider

Maud’s Ice Cream, Carrickfergus – Poor Bear Delight Ice Cream
– Choccy Bear Ice Cream
– Fresh Milk and Cream Ice Cream with Filtered Coffee

Mash Direct, Comber – Potato Cakes with Bacon
– Turnip and Swede
– Cauliflower Cheese Gratin
– Red Cabbage and Beetroot

Millar Meats, Irvinestown – Rib Roast on the Bone
– Co Fermanagh Reared Ribeye

McKee’s Farmshop and Deli, Holywood – Oven Roasted Sunblushed Tomato and Cheese Focaccia
– Butter-based Scone Spiced with Cinnamon
– Extra Dry Aged Ribeye hung for 40 days
– Roasted Mix Nut Roast

M&W Farm Meats, Portadown – 28-Day Matured Steak

Moditions Home Bakery, Kells – Coffee and Walnut Cake

Morelli’s Ice Cream, Coleraine – Rhubarb and Custard Ice Cream
– Sea Salty Caramel Ice Cream

New Olive Company, Glenavy – Chilli, Basil and Garlic Hummus

Offbeat Bottling Company, Bangor – Extremely Chocolate and Orange Marmalade

Our Daily Bread, Belfast – Irish Wheaten Bread

Paul’s Butchers, Londonderry – Slimmers Choice Gluten Free Steak Burgers
– Homemade Steak Pie

Passion Preserve, Lisburn – Sunshine Relish

Peppup, Newtownards – Tomato Ketchup

Quail’s Fine Foods, Banbridge – Wheaten Bread
– 8-Day Salt-Aged Cote de Boeuf
– Handmade Pork and Leek Sausage

Red Dog Foods, Kilkeel – Nori Infused Sea Salt

Rich Sauces, Newtownards – Alfee’s Tomato Ketchup
– Creamy Sauce infused with Capers, Dill and Gherkins
– Beef Tones
– Celery, Carrot and Onion Boullion
– Ham Boullion
– Chicken Boullion
– Caesar Dressing
– Alfee’s Real Mayo

So Popcorn, Draperstown – Salty Caramel

Stewarts Butchery and Deli, Enniskillen – Two Spires Brisket

Suki Teahouse, Belfast – Fairtrade English Breakfast Tea

Tamnagh Foods, Maghera – Maple Nut Fruit Granola

The Good Food and Wine Company, Coleraine – Pure Apple Juice Infused with Cloves
– Handmade Traditional Shortbread with Creamy Irish Butter and Fresh Shredded Ginger
– Traditional Yellowman Honeycomb coated in Dark Chocolate
– Irish Smoked Salmon Infused with Irish Whiskey

Thompson’s Family Teas, Belfast – White Tea Romance
– Turkish Apple Tea

Wake Up and Taste, Antrim – Jude’s Estate Signature Blend

Whalley’s Cafe and Bakery, Holywood – Home Baked Traybake with Butter Shortbread, caramel and topped with Chocolate

White’s Tandragee – Toasted Oats Apple and Cinnamon Crunch
– Toat’ly Oaty Original
– Jumbo Oats Caddy
– Organic Jumbo Oats
– Oatbran Medium Cut
– Irish Oatmeal Old Fashioned Oats
– Toat’ly Oaty Wild Fruit

William Orr Potatoes, Crossgar – Orr’s First Choice Arran Victory

Willowbrook Foods, Killinchy – Crunchy Coleslaw with Creamy Curry Flavour Mayonnaise
– Creamy mashed & seasoned rooster potatoes

Yellow Door Deli, Portadown – Focaccia Blanco Burger Bun
– Cranberry and Walnut Loaf
– Applewood Smoked Dry Cure Bacon
– Hot Smoked Glenarm Organic Salmon

Yummy Bakes, Newtownabbey – Nutty Flakemeal Biscuit
– Shortbread Biscuit
– Posh Scone
– Light Zesty Butter Based Cake Infused with Fresh Lemon and Coconut


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