North Cork Creameries has won the overall national Gold Q Award, at the Irish Quality Food Awards, for butter which the co-operative makes using milk supplied by local dairy farmers throughout the north Cork and north Kerry regions.
According to the adjudicating panel, “the award symbolises the product which the panel agree is truly outstanding above all other category winners, and worthy of the ultimate accolade”.
North Cork Creameries operates technologically advanced dairy processing facilities in Kanturk where it makes a variety of high quality dairy food ingredients and retail dairy products to the highest international standards. In recent years the co-operative has made multi-million euro investments in its facilities to cater for the increasing volumes of milk that it is processing from its dairy farming milk suppliers, partnering co-ops and a number of new entrants to dairy farming.
Commenting, North Cork Creameries’ CEO Pat Sheahan said: “This award is a tribute to the farming families who produce our high quality milk, to our highly dedicated staff and to the quality and efficiency of operations throughout the co-operative where the results of our investments, product innovation and competitiveness are exemplified in this national quality accolade. This is a ‘three in a row’ win for North Cork where we have an excellent reputation at home and abroad for the quality of our dairy products and we will continue to grow and develop our business from this platform. At a time when staying local, independent and relevant in the food industry is challenging, this award validates our commitment to the highest standards of quality and to the dairy farming and rural communities who we are proud to serve as a leading Irish dairy processing co-operative.”