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
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."