Carbery Group has won awards in three categories at the third annual Agribusiness Awards ceremony held recently in Dublin.
Dan MacSweeney, CEO received the Agribusiness Leader 2017 award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the growth of Ireland’s agribusiness sector.
Carbery Food Ingredients also won the Agribusiness of the Year category which recognised the organisation for its demonstrated excellence and innovation over the past 12 months.
In the Excellence in Sustainability category, Carbery won the top Award for its focus on sustainable development in the Agribusiness sector through the innovative and sustainable use of resources and prioritising the needs of the wider environment and society.
Launched in 2015, the Agribusiness Awards recognise and celebrate the most innovative organisations and individuals that have contributed to Ireland’s status as a global leader in this vital sector.
The International Cheese Show was held in Nantwich, Cheshire, this week. Almost 6,000 cheeses competed across a range of classes.
Carbery had an exceptional show which included winning six gold, five silver and three bronze medals at the 2017 International Cheese Awards.
Carbery also won 2 Trophies (the Co-Operative Food Award for the Best Mature Cheese at the Show and Champion Convenience Cheese at the Show).
Carbery’s Mature Cheddar, Dubliner, Reduced Fat, Half Fat, Special Reserve and Sliced Black Pepper all won gold medals. Other cheese types such as Sliced Chilli and Special Reserve were awarded silver medals.
The International Cheese Awards is the largest cheese show in the world and is truly international in flavour, attracting an amazing 5,685 entries from 50 different countries in 2017. Winning these International Cheese Awards offers immeasurable prestige for our products – with endorsement from some of the best cheese judges in the world.
Carbery cheese won three gold, three silver and seven bronze medals at the 2016 International Cheese Awards which took place this week, in the market town of Nantwich, England. Carbery also won the DSM Trophy for the best vintage cheddar at the show.
Dubliner vintage special reserve cheddar, Extra mature special reserve cheddar, and 22% reduced fat cheese all won gold with other cheese types manufactured in Ballineen winning silver and bronze awards in their relevant classes.
The International Cheese Awards is the largest cheese show in the world and is truly international in flavour, attracting an amazing 5,000 entries from 27 different countries in 2016. Winning these International Cheese Awards offers immeasurable prestige for our products – with endorsement from some of the best cheese judges in the world.
Carbery has won the 2016 Green Food and Beverage Award as recognition for our outstanding achievements of exceeding Origin Green targets ahead of schedule, and our innovative approach to sustainability through initiatives such as Carbery Greener Dairy Farms and the farmer tree planting programme; Carbery Trees.
For the past 7 years the Green Awards has celebrated the commitment that Irish businesses make towards sustainability in Ireland and continues to be the number one platform where the leading organisations and thinkers gather to celebrates the Irish green community.
Carbery, in conjunction with SWS Forestry, has launched The Carbery Tree Project, whereby local farmers will be given 20 trees each for planting on their farms in an initiative to address climate change at a local level: offsetting carbon emissions, and increasing biodiversity. The project is the first scheme of its kind for the dairy industry in Ireland and involved all 1,314 suppliers across the four West Cork Co-ops. Over 26,000 trees were provided in biodegradable bags, during National Tree Week, that ran from the 6th-13th March.
The Carbery Group is rooted in dairying. Owned by farming families, its Irish operation processes around 400 million litres per annum of milk to produce award-winning cheeses and food ingredients.
The lush landscape and temperate climate of Ireland’s south western seaboard provides ideal conditions for sustainable, grass-based dairy farming. Here, dairy farmers have worked in harmony with nature for generations to produce high quality milk, rich in nutritional goodness.
Each year, The Irish National Dairy Council (NDC) and Kerrygold award prizes for milk quality. We congratulate this year’s overall winners Kieran and Catherine O’Sullivan, from Dunmanus, Goleen in West Cork. They were recognised for farming the Best Quality Milk in Ireland at the recent NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.
The O’Sullivan family run a 107 hectare dairy farm, milking 136 cows with an 18 unit milking parlour. Their milk is supplied daily to Drinagh Co-op for processing in Carbery’s Ballineen facility. The O’Sulllivan farm is located on the scenic Mizen peninsula, one of the most westerly points in Europe. The family is at the heart of Irish dairy farming. Their passion for farming is passed down from generation to generation.
Carbery would also like to congratulate some of our other farmer suppliers who also received awards. The O’Manony family from Shanakiel (Barrroe-Co-op) were the overall runners up. James Kingston from Maulnageragh, (Lisavaird Co-op) claimed the National Category award for the Best Milk Protein. Owen and Rosaleen O’Brien from Cashelbeg (Bandon Co-op) achieved excellence in Dairy Farming / National Finalist.
The success of our suppliers in these prestigious Quality Milk Awards demonstrates the quality milk system that is in place in West Cork, and highlights the excellent standard of milk production that farmers strive to achieve every day.
Each finalist was commended for their outstanding attention to detail, with an emphasis on healthy cows, spotless facilities and hygienic practices, all of which are essential to Carbery’s quality of raw material supply which leads to a superior end product.
Carbery cheese won five gold, four silver and three bronze medals at the 2015 International Cheese Awards which took place on the 28th July 2015, in the market town of Nantwich, near Manchester, England. Dubliner, special reserve cheddar, half fat and Dubliner butter all won gold with other cheese types manufactured in Ballineen winning silver and bronze awards in their relevant classes. Carbery was also awarded the prestigious Dale Farm Trophy for its renowned Retail Mature Cheddar Cheese.
The International Cheese Awards is the largest cheese show in the world and a highly competitive global event, attracting 4,615 entries from 31 different countries in 2015. Cheese-makers and retailers throughout the industry make a special effort to attend the show and appreciate the recognition achieved through winning a medal.
These latest wins for Carbery add to an already impressive number of accolades and awards achieved at various international events in recent years.
The awards are a great boost for Carbery’s cheese facility in Ballineen, one of the largest cheese-producing facilities in Ireland. The plant produces almost 25% of Ireland’s annual cheddar cheese output, including products such as the Dubliner brand, cheddar, reduced fat cheeses and Red Leicester.
Speaking of the recent wins, Dermot Curtin, Carbery Group Cheese Production Manager, said: “Last week’s wins are a great morale boost for all of us at Ballineen, where a huge importance is placed on ensuring the quality of our cheese is every bit as good as the reputation that precedes it. As one of Ireland’s leading producers of cheeses for the retail, ingredient and foodservice sectors, it is fantastic to see our cheeses being acknowledged for their quality by our peers in the industry.”