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Shortlist for 2017 Food and Drink Industry awards announced

Eoin Ryan and John Durkin, ABP Ireland.

The shortlist for Bord Bia’s biennial Food and Drink awards, which recognise excellence and celebrate success in Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, has been announced.
A record number of high quality submissions were received across seven categories.

Bord Bia says the shortlist represents the most progressive, ambitious and forward-looking in Ireland’s thriving food and drink industry.
The winners will be announced on November 29, when more than 350 Irish food and drink industry leaders will gather at the RDS Concert Hall, with the awards hosted by broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan.
Food and Drink Awards 2017 Shortlist

The shortlisted companies under each category are as follows:

Branding Award
Britvic Ireland (Club Orange); Diageo (Baileys); The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney (Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin); and The Happy Pear.

The companies shortlisted for this award have demonstrated that they have differentiated themselves from competitors by using creative marketing communications, consumer insight and understanding to develop brand strategies ensuring long term success.

Consumer Insight Award
Glanbia Ireland; Butlers Chocolate; Glenisk and Britvic Ireland.
This award recognises businesses who have demonstrated how research and the identification of consumer insight has led to an improved or new understanding of the consumer in a particular market, leading to commercial growth.

Digital Marketing Award
The Little Milk Company; Glanbia Ireland; Flahavans; and The Happy Pear.
The companies shortlisted for this award have shown how the imaginative use of digital platforms, either on their own or in conjunction with traditional media, can strengthen brand performance and enhance the profitability of the company. 

Entrepreneurial Award 
Glenilen Farm; Gallaghers Bakery; and Stonewell Cider.
This award recognises individuals or companies who have shown true entrepreneurial flair. It rewards commitment, leadership and self-belief, either to create a new and successful business, or to radically improve, or turn around, the performance of an existing one. 

Export Award
The shortlist is divided into two categories. Smaller companies, Silver Hill Foods; The Little Milk Company; Butlers Chocolates; and Good4U. Larger companies: Green Isle Foods; Kerry Group; Dawn Meats; and ABP Food Group.
This award recognises the outstanding achievement of Irish food and drink companies who continue to grow their business based on strategic planning, consumer insight and effective use of resources in overseas markets.

Innovation Award
Pip & Pear; Glanbia Ireland; Wicklow Way Wines; and ABP Food Group.
The companies shortlisted for this award have demonstrated that they are thinking ahead and proactively tracking the changing consumer landscape to develop original products and deliver solutions to meet ever-evolving consumer needs.

Sustainability Award 
ABP Food Group; Heineken Ireland; Boortmalt; Kerry Group; and Dawn Meats. 
This recognises companies that have planned and executed significant sustainability commitments in relation to sourcing, resource efficiency, health and nutrition, and contributions to their local community.
An additional sustainability award will be announced for one of the following companies who have demonstrated outstanding impact from a specific project. These include: Sam Dennigan; Monaghan Mushrooms; and Butlers Chocolate.