The annual Bord Bia Food and Drink Awards are set for Kilmainham this Thursday.

Bord Bia announced its shortlist of 19 companies recently for the Food and Drink Awards 2013, which recognise excellence in export development, branding, innovation, sustainability, entrepreneurship, success on the domestic market and use of consumer research. Paul Duffy, chairman and CEO of The Absolut Company, will be the keynote speaker on the night and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney will present the awards. RTE presenter Keelin Shanley will be MC for the evening.

In total, Bord Bia received more than 150 entries across the seven categories. The three shortlisted companies under each category are as follows:

Sustainability Award:
Bewleys Ltd; Dawn Meats; Glenisk

Innovation Award:
Irish Distillers – Yellow Spot whiskey; Paganini – FitFuel Ice Cream; Future Nutrition – DermaGlo Skin Health Drink

Consumer Insight Award
Kerry Foods – Cheestrings; Kepak – Big Al’s; Riverview Eggs – The Amazing Egg

Branding Award:
Glenisk; James Whelan Butchers; Keelings

Success at Home:
Killowen Farm; ABP Ireland for their work with Aldi; Britvic – Miwadi

Entrepreneurial Award:
O’Neill’s Irish Atlantic Sea Salt; BFree Foods Ltd; Pandora Bell

Exporting Award:
Irish Distillers; Glenmar Seafoods and Silver Hill Foods

The panel also included Gordon Campbell, managing director of Spar International, Martin Chilcott, CEO, 2degrees, David Cotter, P&G Ireland’s country manager, Matt Dempsey, chief executive, The Agricultural Trust, Helen King, head of consumer insight and innovation, Bord Bia, Radha Patel, associate director of the Futures Company and Norah Casey, CEO of Harmonia