Above: Artie Clifford, Blás na hÉireann and David Chandler, Blenders with Liz O’Leary and Joan Healy from Keohane Seafoods, Gold & Silver Award Winner. Pic: Don MacMonagle
Adding to the region’s culinary reputation, Keohane’s of Bantry has been awarded a Silver for its Dunnes Stores Simply Better Irish Organic Salmon Darnes at this year’s at the Blas na hEireann awards. The proud seafood company was amongst a select group of food producers who are part of the Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection – together the group scooped an unprecedented 22 awards at Blas na hEireann 2017.
Silver also went to Ballyvourney based Follain Teo for their Handmade Irish Bramley Apple & Fig Chutney, which is produced exclusively for the Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection.
The awards, which are also known as The Irish Food Awards, not only recognise and reward the very best of Irish food and drink products but also recognise the passionate food producers who are behind these great products.
Speaking after the Awards, Diarmuid Murphy, Brand Manager for Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection stated “The producer story is so important to us and in Ireland we work directly with 55 producers who are as passionate about great food as we are. Our mission is to enable our customers to enjoy restaurant quality food at home, with the minimum of fuss and we do this by working with the very best of Irish producers, many of whom are being celebrated through these awards.”
Colman Keohane, MD of Keohane Seafoods, stated, “We have been working with Diarmuid and the Simply Better team now for over two years and the collaboration has allowed us to grow our business, providing sustainable jobs in Cork and providing quality products to customers throughout Ireland, without compromising on the goodness that great food brings to any meal. The award we have won for our Simply Better Irish Organic Salmon and the other 21 awards that the collection has won demonstrates that what we are doing together works.”
Keohane’s awarding winning Organic Salmon Darnes for Dunnes Stores can be bought in Dunnes nationwide or visit Keohane’s fish shop at the Kinsale Road Roundabout for a large range of products and their weekly special offers.