2017 Irish FreeFrom Food Awards Winners
Congratulations to all the winners of Ireland’s 2017 FreeFrom Food Awards, who celebrated their wins at a black tie gala event in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Dublin last night.
This year sees the Awards expand to 44 categories, with 101 brands and a total of 583 products judged over 14 days. This demonstrates the continued growth of the freefrom sector with manufacturers responding to demand be it gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free or any of the 14 allergens which limit consumer’s diets.
The FreeFrom Food Awards took place in Ireland in 2016 for the first time and were hugely successful, with many brands benefiting from the opportunity to herald their products as award winning. Product of the Year winner Rule of Crumb were listed in over 450 Sainsbury’s stores with their Gluten Free Profiterole.
Having originated in the UK, the Irish awards were founded by coeliac businessman John Burke. “We are amazed at the excellence of the products that have come this year. The Awards were established to promote quality to seek out diversity to encourage manufacturers to bring new products to the market place.
The freefrom market is advancing and we’re keen to see this continuing in the future ” says Burke. “As a coeliac of 44 years I am thrilled to witness these changes – we’ve come a long way since unpalatable bread and plain dinners – it’s very satisfying to see the market evolve and to acknowledge those contributing to it.”
Gold, Silver and Bronze are granted along with a Merit badge for products still considered high quality by the judges. Winners may display the relevant badge on their packaging which helps consumers wading through the extensive freefrom sections of stores to discern which products are best.
You can find the full list of winners of the 2017 Irish FreeFrom Food Awards here:
Pictures of the event will follow…