The great taste of success as Killowen Farm wins awards
Killowen Farm is celebrating a haul of accolades in this year's Great Taste Awards.
It received the highest possible acknowledgement, a 3-Star award, for its blackcurrant layered yoghurt and as such was one of only 208 entries, out of 13,000, to be presented with the award.
The business was also one of only 10 entries from the Republic of Ireland to get the highest accolade with the remainder going to producers from the North.
The Enniscorthy business was the only yoghurt producer from either Ireland or the UK to achieve 3-Star status for its product.
However, the business also picked up a further eight awards for a range of its other products including: 2-Stars (for its lemon curd, Wexford rhubarb and blackberry flavours); 1-Star (for its raspberry layered jar) and four 1-Star awards for private labelled products.
With regard to its blackcurrant product the judges said: 'The flavours balance beautifully, the yogurt is full of superb dairy richness and the marriage of the two gives a full taste and overall, a delightful experience.'
Nicholas Dunne is the CEO of Killowen Farm and commenting on the win he said everyone involved with the business was delighted.
'We are thrilled to receive 3-Stars at this year's awards,' he said.
The business is now in the running for the Great Taste Golden Fork Award, which will be announced next month.
It recognises the best food and drink on offer and Mr Dunne said whatever way that stage of the awards scheme goes everyone is delighted with the success so far.
'We look forward to celebrating the [current] win with the team on the farm in Courtnacuddy,' he said.
At Killowen Farm, the award-winning live yogurt is made using milk from the farm's own herd of cows.
'We use only the finest natural ingredients, with no preservatives and no additives, for our delicious healthy yogurt,' said Mr Dunne.
'The basis of all of the yogurts is our natural yogurt which is as natural as you can get,' he added.
'It's made with milk and live cultures; good bacteria that help keep your digestive system working well.'
Killowen Farm products are available nationwide in Dunne's Stores, SuperValu and Tesco, as well as in other independent speciality retailers.
The business wasn't the only local enterprise to pick up an award as O'Neills Dry Cure Bacon received 2-Stars for its bacon loin, for the second year in a row, while Naturally Cordial scooped a 1-Star award for its orange and lemon flavour.