Food and drink producers from the borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon were recently recognised for their award success and outstanding produce at The Palace Demesne, Armagh.
2018 proved to be another fruitful year for the region, with 22 food and drink producers scooping 44 prestigious Great Taste and Irish Food Awards. This not only showcases the borough’s reputation for quality and excellence but also highlights why it is known as the Food Heartland of Northern Ireland.
Celebrating the success of the winners, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Councillor Julie Flaherty commented,
“It is great to welcome and extend my congratulations to our ambitious, hardworking and talented food and drink producers. Their dedication for new product development and emphasis on quality cements our borough’s reputation as the true Food Heartland of Northern Ireland.”
The agri-food sector is a significant priority for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. Working alongside local food and drink companies, council has brought about the creation of the Food Heartland Forum and Food Heartland brand. Since its creation, the multi-faceted initiative has flourished, seeing a total of 77 producers win 160 Great Taste and Irish Food Awards. In addition to this, scores of other producers have been winning awards at other prestigious competitions including the World Bread Awards, Irish Quality Food Awards as well as our very own Food Heartland Awards.
Representing the richness and diversity of local food and drink production, all award winners embody the genuine love and passion for what they do and where they are from, which is a common thread woven throughout all Food Heartland food and drink producers.
To learn more about the Food Heartland please visit: foodheartland.com