Press Release – Food & Drink Business Awards Winners Announced

Dairygold crowned king of this year’s Food & Drink Business Awards

Leading Irish cheese and dairy producers scoop company of the year at tasteful celebrations


IRELAND– Dairygold have been crowned company of the year at the Food & Drink Business Awards. The event which celebrated the best of manufacturing and the people behind the products, took place in the Citywest Hotel on Wednesday the 5th of September.

There was a high standard of entries this year with numerous own label branded goods producers battling it out among the finalists. Some of the winners on the night included:

  • Dairygold Food Ingredients- Dairy Manufacturing company of the year and overall Food & Drink company winner
  • The Happy Pear- SME Food & Drink Company of the Year
  • Manor Farm- Meat / Poultry / Fish company of the Year
  • East Coast Bakehouse- Bakery / Confectionery company of the year
  • Britvic Ireland- Beverage Company of the Year
  • Dunnes Stores Simply Better- Own Label Brand of the Year
  • Keoghs Crisps- Exporter of the Year

Dairygold scooped the overall prize, winning the Food & Drink company of the year title and were presented with the accolade in front of a host of talented food and drink producers.

The Food Safety and Quality Initiative of the Year category was sponsored by EIQA, while the Food & Drink Innovation of the Year category was sponsored by Henderson Food Machinery.

Speaking about Dairygold’s sweeping win, John Whelan Chairman of Food and Drink Business Europe, who headed the judging panel said “Dairygold is a clear leader in the dairy industry, demonstrating its farsighted and technological advanced approach through its ‘Dairy Lean Farm’ programme- the first of its kind in Ireland. Dairygold has successfully applied this international management technique inside its business over the past five years. Its Advance 2020 lean programme which was supported by Enterprise Ireland has delivered improvements across a diverse range of the Society’s operations from Logistics, Manufacturing and Sales to Support Services and Administration. Dairygold continued last year to roll out the programme at farm level, as they see farmers are a key component of their dairy supply chain.’’

You can see the full list of winners here.