The National Organic Food Awards celebrate the achievements of an increasing number of Irish Organic food and drink growers and manufacturers. Held every 2 years, the awards recognise developments in the sector across key categories as judged by a panel of experts. A new award in 2018 highlights the sustainability achievements and contributions of organic producers to their local communities. Entries will be accepted until Monday 3rd September.

Award winners will be announced at an awards brunch on Wednesday 10th October 2018 in Bord Bia’s Dublin office.

Awards
Winners will receive a tailored support package to the value of approximately €12,000 to assist in growing their businesses. They will be assigned a mentor to aid in the tailoring of a suitable supports, elements will include; commercial marketing strategy, developing communication and PR plans, branding supports and assessing market opportunities.

Winners in each category will be presented with an Irish made hand sculpted trophy and an award certificate. Winners are entitled to use the awards symbol for on-pack promotion. All shortlisted companies in each category as well as subsequent winners will be promoted by Bord Bia in print, broadcast and online media.

Award Categories 2018
1. Chef’s Award
To include products currently available through Irish foodservice channels (restaurant, hotel, café, institutional catering). Judging criteria will include taste and quality, versatility, market opportunity and value for money.

2. Retail Award
To include products currently available through Irish retail channels. Judging criteria will include taste and quality, market opportunity, value for money, packaging and branding.

3. Direct Selling Award
To include products being sold directly at farm gate, via box schemes, online or at food markets etc. Direct sales should represent a majority of sales turnover (more than 50%). Judging criteria will include, creativity and flair in sales, customer service approach and what direct selling represents to the business.

4. Export Award
To include products for sale in export markets. Judging criteria will include, innovation for the market, evidence of success (sales results), ability of company to overcome export challenges and expected export growth in 2018/2019.

5. Best New and Innovative Product
Open to products launched between January 2017 and August 2018. Judging criteria will include market opportunity, achievements in sales growth to date, innovation and insight used to meet consumer’s changing needs in the development of product, packaging or service.

6. Business in the Community Award – NEW 2018
This new category will reflect the achievements of businesses in their local communities. All entrants should submit details of the corporate and social responsibility initiatives which their company has undertaken.

A shortlist of all producers entering the awards will be judged for their achievements in this area.

Entry Requirements
Completed entry forms must be received by Monday 3rd September 2018. Only entries on the official entry form will be accepted.

Forms must be submitted by by e-mail to: organic@bordbia.ie

Source: Bord Bia 

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