Jam company's 9 Taste awards joy
The success of New Ross business Wexford Home Preserves in winning nine Great Taste awards, including one three star award in August for their Simply Better Handmade Irish Blackcurrant Preserve, was celebrated at a gathering at the Dunbrody Visitor Centre in New Ross.
CEO of the visitor centre Sean Connick welcomed the company's owners Laura and Tom Sinnott and everyone to the centre. Mr Connick said: 'I want to congratulate the team on the great job they have done and tell them how proud we are of them in the New Ross area.'
Paula Ronan from Wexford Food Family said the company is a great supporter of local suppliers. Ms Ronan said: 'There are so many companies who claim they shop local but when it comes to making a profit they source their goods elsewhere. We need to have a sustainable food economy here.'
Neil Murphy from Wexford Food Family said the Sinnott's joined Wexford Food Family as soon as they were invited.
Tom Banville from the Wexford Local Enterprise office congratulated the Sinnott's on their nine Great Taste awards. He said: 'It's no mean feat to achieve all of those stars. Only a handful of companies from Wexford have ever received three stars and only 13 in the island of Ireland have this year. The secret to your success is the taste and it's the best tasting jam and marmalade that is on the market by far. Although your brand would have been around for a few years you built it up and you created a lot of employment in the area.'
Mr Banville said the next challenge for Wexford Home Preserves is to continue to grow. 'You have hired a consultant and you have more potential to grow your business in the US, UK and Europe. There's no reason that your jam can't become as well known as Tayto.'
Wexford County Council CEO Tom Enright described the Sinnott's achievement in winning three stars for their blackcurrant jam as fantastic.
He described how Tom Sinnott's aunt started the business which was taken over by Tom and Laura Sinnott.
He said people who believe in their product and work hard and develop it, producing other, new products also, become successful.
He praised the work carried out by the Wexford Food Family which has 41 members. 'Today people are much more discerning about the food they eat. They want to know where it comes from and they don't mind paying a premium for that. In developing County Wexford as a tourist destination having good quality artisan food is vital.'
Mr Sinnott thanked his producers, saying the quality of the Wexford blackcurrants paved the way for the company's success at the awards.
He said: 'This is a major achievement for us. We feel it will bring our businesss on. We want to thank our staff as without our staff we wouldn't be in business. We are so proud to have our business in New Ross and we want to thank you.'