Irish beef wins big at international awards

ABP Ireland was a quadruple winner at the annual International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi) Awards, the company announced today, July 26.

Based in Brussels, the institute is a leading global authority in the areas of testing and promoting top-class food and drink products. The panel of 135 judges is chosen from leading European culinary and sommelier organisations.

ABP Ireland won three golden star awards for its Tipperary Dry Aged Black Angus Rib Eye Steak and Hereford Dry Aged Rib Eye Steak products.

The Irish firm also received two golden star awards for its Tipperary Dry Aged Black Angus Striploin Steak and Hereford Dry Aged Striploin Steak.

Eoin Ryan, European Sales Manager at ABP Food Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won these awards.

“This is further endorsement of our ‘Ultra Tender’ process which has seen ABP beef in over 100 Michelin-starred restaurants across the world.

This news is particularly satisfying given the European nature of the judging process and the fact that we supply product to a number of Europe’s leading retailers and food service providers.

ABP Cahir, Co. Tipperary, produced the award-winning food in its recently upgraded processing plant – it was officially opened in 2015 following a €50 million investment.

The business contributes approximately €200 million annually to the local economy and employs over 600 people in the facility.