Three of Ballymaloe’s Foods products have been awarded stars at this year’s prestigious Great Taste international awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food in the UK.
Ballymaloe Pickled Irish Beetroot was awarded two stars while Ballymaloe Original Relish and Ballymaloe Mayo were both awarded one star each.
The beetroot used by Ballymaloe Foods has a strong level of connection to the farm – it is all grown locally in East Cork.
General Manager at Ballymaloe Foods, Maxine Hyde said the company is delighted with the accolades and they are especially welcome this year as they celebrate 30 years in business.
Ms Hyde said: “We are over the moon to get such great news. We are so proud of our products and these awards are thanks to the hard work of our employees. We are so grateful to all our customers and suppliers who support these products every day.”
On Ballymaloe Pickled Irish Beetroot the award judges said: “So often, preserved beetroot disappoints due to the use of poor quality vinegar which serves only to give a stringent acidity that overwhelms the flavour of the beetroot.
"This is the complete opposite - this is pure, beautiful beetroot, naturally sweet and packed with all the sweet earthiness we expected. The beetroot has retained its natural crunch. So clever - so well done.”
In total 5,294 awards were given to products from over 100 different countries, 396 awards were presented in Ireland.
This month Ballymaloe Foods is celebrating 30 years in business. The company is planning a month of celebrations to thank their customers, staff and suppliers for their support over the years.