IQFA 2016Maria Lucia Bakes is an ‘Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards’ finalist!

Date and Banana Toasted Muesli from Maria Lucia Bakes has been shortlisted for the finals of the prestigious Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards.

Date and Banana Toasted Muesli was one of almost a thousand product entries which underwent three weeks of tough judging at the Dublin Institute of Technology’s School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology.

Maria Lucia Bakes is now in with a chance to win one of the prestigious awards in a glittering ceremony hosted by Irish celebrity Chef and cookery author Rachel Allen, on 8th September at the Round Room, Mansion House, in Dublin.

Producer Maria Lucia Bakes, who make the glutenfree cereal, say they are delighted with the news: “We are delighted to have our latest product shortlisted for such a prestigious award. We love our cereals and it is wonderful to get validation from experts in the food industry”

The awards were open to all food and drink retailers, producers and manufacturers across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

These prestigious accolades, now in their fourth year, set out to recognise excellence in food and drink product development from a wide variety of companies across Ireland.

The Q awards themselves are organised into two distinct sections: Quality Food Awards – products for the multiple and independent grocery retail market and Quality Drink Awards – alcoholic drinks for the retail sector. The awards were open to all food and drink retailers, producers and manufacturers across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The event is reprising a long-standing trade-media partnership with Retail News magazine, and consumer-media partnership with Easy Food magazine.

Organised by Metropolis Business Media, group events manager Lara Newton comments: “We have been blown away with the incredibly high standard of entries this year. It has been a difficult job for our teams of expert judges but we are very proud of the shortlist we announce today. We know how powerful winning an award can be for our entrants and we are delighted for all our finalists. As former winners can testify, picking up an Irish Quality Food and Drink Award is a powerful marketing tool, with many winners using the awards’ logos on their packaging and in national press, television and outdoor advertising.”

Headline sponsor for the awards is innovative packaging company Graphic Packaging International.

The awards are also sponsored by the Coeliac Society of Ireland, who played an important role during the stringent judging process of the ‘Free From’ categories, Dairymaid, Sacla’ and Invest Northern Ireland.

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