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Rule of Crumb was borne from a recognition by business partners Colum McLornan and Claire Hunter, both successful hoteliers, who saw a void in the gluten–free supply chain to restaurants and other hospitality establishments initially in Northern Ireland. The products are now on sale in other parts of the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Formed in 2013, Rule of Crumb’s product range covers breakfast cereals, chicken kievs, breaded fish, part–baked bread and muffins for both retail and foodservice customers.
Two other Northern Ireland companies gained awards at the event.
Doherty’s Meats in Derry gained a bronze for its gluten–free meat balls in Meat Dishes and Ready Meals and a bronze also went to CocoMojo, a Lisburn company, for its Bean drink of coconut milk, coconut water and coffee.
A further two were shortlisted – Mash Direct from Comber, county Down and Kestrel Foods, Portadown, county Armagh, for its Acti–Snack range.
The awards, founded and run by FreeFromFoodsMatter, the web’s most comprehensive resource for free–from food innovation and imagination shown by the food industry in creating foods that are free of wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, soya, sulphites and other allergens.
Over the last decade the awards have become one of the most important fixtures in the freefrom year.
And over those years the bright yellow awards logo has become recognised as the mark of quality for freefrom foods, widely displayed on winning, commended and shortlisted products on sale everywhere from supermarket shelves to on–line specialist suppliers.
Championed by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Novak Djokovic, freefrom food has attracted both consumer and industry headlines with unprecedented year–on–year growth.
And the FreeFrom Food Awards has grown with the industry. Setting a standard for excellence and raising awareness in the wider world – a FreeFrom Food Award is now the ultimate accolade for the hundreds of companies, big and small, creating and selling freefrom food.Back to all news
Northern Ireland’s Copeland Gin, a specialist in fruit infused craft gins, has been listed by Marks and Spencer. The top retailer has chosen Copeland’s unique raspberry and mint gin for its 18 stores across Northern Ireland – just 11 months after the launch of the company and its ‘ginfusions’.
Dairy companies in Northern Ireland are keen to grow business for cheese and butter particularly in Europe and beyond. More than 80 per cent of Northern Ireland dairy products are currently sold outside the region. Although Great Britain and the European Union remain key markets for Northern Ireland dairy products, exports outside the EU are becoming more important.
Wild Power Wheatgrass in Northern Ireland has won business with top online retailer Ocado for its award winning range of healthy wheatgrass–based drinks.
Dairy co–operative LacPatrick has unveiled a new operation in Northern Ireland that will allow it to process milk on both sides of the Irish border, especially for a growing number of customers in Great Britain. The company has seen a surge of business in Britain as food manufacturing companies there increasingly turn to local suppliers in advance of Brexit.
Cunningham’s Butchers and Food Hall in Northern Ireland has been named “UK Butchers Shop of the Year 2017” at a major event in Britain. The family–owned and managed business, which is based at Kilkeel in county Down, won the coveted title at the Farm Shop and Deli Awards in Birmingham this week.
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