THE Kinsale Bay Food Company, a Cork company that prides itself on crafting the finest gluten-free Irish food products, scooped three coveted prizes at the ‘FreeFrom Food Awards’ 2017, held at a black tie gala event in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin.
The FreeFrom Food awards celebrate quality Irish food products in the ‘free from’ market. Having originated in the UK, the awards came to Ireland in 2016 to promote quality and diversity.
With huge growth in this sector in recent years, the awards showcase and acknowledge the many quality Irish products available to consumers, be it gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, or any of the 14 allergens which limit consumers’ diets.
With over 100 brands competing against each other, Kinsale Bay Food Company beat off stiff competition in their categories and came out on top with their mushroom soup which received the Gold award; while their cottage pie and shepherd’s pie each received a silver award on the night, in the ‘Ready Meal’ category.
Using locally-sourced ingredients, the Cork food company is committed to producing innovative gluten-free products in their gluten-free kitchens in Cork.
In 2014 the company’s mushroom soup received a Gold Star at the Great Taste awards, one of the highest honours for food products internationally. The latest awards will join this and the many other accolades won by the Kinsale Bay Food Company over the years including a Gold and Bronze at Blas na hEireann 2016 for their chicken liver pâté with red onion marmalade and chicken liver pâté with red pepper relish respectively.
From humble beginnings in 2008, selling at the Kinsale town market, the independently family-owned firm is now selling their gluten-free range to supermarkets and stores nationwide, fulfilling their mission to make wholesome gluten-free ready-to-eat food with a quality taste, using local ingredients and available to Irish consumers.
The company will launch new packaging and a new website in June. Products from the Kinsale Bay Food Company are available in selected Supervalu, Tesco, Centra and artisan stores across Ireland.