Quality Irish produce was once again recognised on an international stage as Dunnes Stores Simply Better took home 20 awards at the prestigious 2018 International Great Taste Awards. Winning a coveted 2 Star Award was the Dunnes Stores Simply Better Irish Handmade Almond and Fig Nougat, created in Co. Wicklow by Miena’s Nougat exclusively for the Simply Better Collection.
The Simply Better Collection, which is Dunnes Stores’ premium food brand, is one of the most successful food labels in Ireland with over 350 national and international awards since it was established in 2013, which is the most awards of any Irish food brand.
Established in 1994, the Great Taste Awards, often described as the “Oscars of the food world”, are internationally recognised as the benchmark for fine food and drink. This year over 12,000 products were blind-tasted by a panel of industry experts, including acclaimed chefs, restaurateurs and food critics, to find the best tasting entries. After a rigorous taste test, less than 15% of all products are awarded the coveted 2 Stars, which gives the product an “Outstanding” rating.
Diarmuid Murphy, Simply Better Brand Manager, said, “We are delighted to work with Miena Rust from Miena’s Nougat, based in Co. Wicklow, to source our Simply Better Irish Handmade Almond and Fig Nougat, and we are thrilled for this fantastic product to be recognised with 2 Stars. We are so lucky to work with such amazing producers, developing award winning products that are consistent and internationally recognised for their quality.”
Speaking about her win, Miena Rust from Miena’s Nougat said, “To be recognised with such a prestigious Great Taste Award is a dream come true, and something that would not have been possible for a small producer like myself without the support of the Simply Better team. I am proud to collaborate with people who are as passionate about quality Irish food as I am. The collaboration has opened up so many doors for me, allowing my business to grow and has given me the opportunity to share my quality products with customers across Ireland.”
Also recognised at these prestigious international awards were Wexford based producer, Zanna Cookhouse, who won a 3 Star Award for the Handmade Irish Smoked Trout Pâté they produce for the Simply Better Collection.
All of the award winning products which are part of the Simply Better Collection are available in selected Dunnes Stores nationwide. For more information on the Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection visit www.dunnesstores.com or on social media – @simplybetterds.