Connemara Smokehouse Limited, one of Ireland’s few remaining smokehouses specialising in wild product, became the overall winner of the first ever Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Product Innovation Award, which was announced during the course of the BIM-hosted Irish Seafood Expo 2003, Ireland’s largest seafood event.
The Smokehouse scooped top marks from the Award’s independent judging panel from Ireland’s foodservice and retail sectors who assessed competing products for the quality of the seafood used; product creativity; aroma, taste and texture; product packaging; artwork; storage instructions; portion size and value for money. All entries submitted for the Award had to be in production and available for sale at retail and / or food service level.
Commenting on the Award, Graham Roberts of Connemara Smokehouse said: “We are delighted with this win. For a small company such as ours the development and staging of this new product was a significant undertaking. Now, with this Award, we anticipate that we can open doors to new business.”
Helen Brophy, Market Development Manager, BIM said: “Value is not solely dependent on the amount of fish caught or processed. The added-value option along the chain is key and increasingly, Irish producers are exploring those. We are delighted to introduce this award scheme to encourage and recognise the exceptional innovation by producers around Ireland.”
Photo: Graham Roberts receives first prize for BIM’s Product Innovation Award for the Connemara Smokehouse. Hugh Byrne, Chairman of BIM and Helen Brophy, Market Development Manager, BIM present him with the certificate.