Celebration for SuperValu and Centra suppliers as they claim more than 100 awards at Blas na hÉireann

SuperValu and Centra food producers have claimed 102 accolades at this year’s Blas na hÉireann awards, including many for the Own Brand ranges.  

Celebrating the very best of food and drink, Blas na hÉireann, The Irish Food Awards is the largest competition on the island of Ireland for quality Irish produce. The Awards, announced on 2nd October, saw 15 Centra suppliers take home 7 Gold, 5 Silver and 7 Bronze awards for their products while SuperValu’s suppliers picked up 83 awards, which brings the total number of awards won by SuperValu suppliers over the last four years up to 432 across SuperValu Own Brand, Signature Tastes and Food Academy.

SuperValu Signature Tastes took home four Golds for Signature Tastes Potato Gratin of Ballymaguire Foods, Signature Tastes Chocolate Yule Log of Couverture Desserts, Signature Tastes White Chocolate and Cranberry Bites of Carleton Cakes and Signature Tastes Whole Grain Mustard by Follain. Other Gold award winners included Carton Bros.’ SuperValu 48 Hour Marinated Irish Rotisserie Chicken, Manor Farm’s SuperValu Irish Free Range Whole Chicken and SuperValu Ham and Cheese Vol au Vent by Prestige Foods. It was also a great year for SuperValu’s Food Academy producers who picked up 51 awards – 15 Gold, 17 Silver and 19 Bronze.

The expertly created Inspired by Centra range came away with 11 products receiving awards, 6 of which were Gold, including Inspired by Centra Irish Rotisserie Chicken supplied by Carton Bros., Inspired by Centra Irish Angus Sirloin Steak with Pink Peppercorn Butter produced by Kepak, Inspired by Centra Potato Gratin produced by Ballymaguire and Inspired by Centra Overnight oats produced by Fresh Cut Foods.

Ian Allen, Managing Director, SuperValu and Centra, said, “2021 has been yet another outstanding year for SuperValu and Centra at the Blas na hÉireann Awards. It’s been another great win for our local suppliers and producers at a time when it’s more important than ever to support local and Irish businesses. We are immensely proud of our award-winning brands and it’s wonderful to see the suppliers and producers receive the recognition they richly deserve.”

Now in its 14th year, Blas na hÉireann, The Irish Food Awards sees competition from a range of top-quality Irish producers across 32 counties.

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NEW to Centra – A vegan twist on your deli favourites!

Vegan lovers of Ireland rejoice! Responding to consumer trends, Centra has introduced a brand-new vegan range hot from the deli. Whether your vegan, flexitarian or just having a meat-free day, Centra’s new vegan range means everyone can enjoy a tasty treat from the hot deli counter.

The brand-new vegan range has something for all your hot deli craving and includes the delicious Vegan-Bon, a mouth-watering Vegan Breakfast Bap and of course, the classic Vegan Sausage Roll.

The Vegan-Bon is a vegan take on the infamous jambon. This delicious warm pastry is filled with curried cauliflower and sweet potato – perfect any time of the day. It’s a must try for even the most discerning jambon connoisseur!

The Vegan Breakfast Bap is a vegan twist on an Irish staple. This tasty bap is stuffed with a soya-based vegan sausage, a hash brown, mushrooms and topped off with Ballymaloe Relish. Perfect for a Sunday morning treat.

Finally, Centra has re-created the nations favourite delicacy to make the ultimate vegan sausage roll, available in small and large varieties. Yum!

The new vegan deli range is available from 12th August 2019 in selected Centra stores nationwide. For more information, check out www.centra.ie/vegan

Centra is continuously revolutionizing its instore offering and stays close to their consumers who continue to seek out innovative ranges, healthy alternatives and great quality fresh food when short on time.

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SuperValu and Centra sweep the boards winning a whopping 90 awards at the 2019 Great Taste Awards

SuperValu won 64 awards and Centra won 26 awards.

SuperValu won 64 award wins at the 2019 Great Taste Awards making them, once again, the top performing Irish supermarket at the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards. SuperValu’s wins include 42 products from the Signature Taste Range solidifying its position as the No. 1 Premium Range in an Irish Supermarket. 2019 has proved another impressive year for SuperValu, with over 250 awards received in the last five years.

For the second year running Centra was crowned Top Convenience Retailer at Great Taste Awards, receiving 26 accolades in total. The ‘Inspired By Centra’ range picked up an impressive 16 awards within this total, which is twice as many as last year. Centra’s award winners span the entire store – from meat to preservatives, salads to dairy products and prepared meals to snacking items.

Key highlights from the awards:

  • SuperValu won 2 three-star awards – a three star is the highest accolade achievable, with just 208 three-stars awarded from almost 13,000 entries to the competition. Only 10 of these 3 stars were awarded to products from the Republic of Ireland
  • The three-star winners are both from the Signature Tastes range – Rosemary Sheep’s Cheese (rubbed with Ibérico lard and fresh rosemary and aged for six to eight months) and Irish Hampshire Smoked Rack of Bacon (our Golden Fork winner from last year)
  • Inspired by Centra has won an amazing 16 Awards! This is up from 8 last year, Including 2 two-star awards – Inspired by Centra Truffle Ravioli & Inspired by Centra Buffalo Mozzarella
  • And one-star awards for 2 Centra Angus Steaks (multi-award winning), our 2 NEW Crisps, Pizza, 2 Seasonal Christmas Puddings, Orange Juice, 2 Soups, Cottage Pie, Yogurt and 2 Preserves
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