The NOffLA Awards recognise and showcase excellence in the independent off-licence sector, represented through 315 specialist businesses around the country and they highlight those retailers that offer exceptional service to customers and demonstrate excellence in retail standards.
One of the highlights of NOffLA’s calendar, the National Off-Licence of the Year Awards 2021, held virtually this year, celebrated its 25th year this year.
The competition assesses over 100 aspects of an off-licence outlet before providing a mark but this year only one round of judging was able to take place due to Covid-19.
All 37 finalists were awarded certificates of either ‘Merit’ or ‘Excellence’ and a Customer Service Award based on their performance.
Other awards on the night included:
Carry Out Tramore, Co Waterford – Best First Time Entrant
64 Wine, Glasthule, Co Dublin – Food Retailer Off-Licence of the Year
O’Donovan’s Off-Licence, Riversdale Shopping Centre, Midleton, Co Cork – Customer Service Award of the Year
Jus de Vine, Portmarnock, Co Dublin – Spirit Specialist of the Year
Galvins Carry Out, Carrigaline, Co Cork – Beer Specialist of the Year
McHugh’s Off-Licence, Malahide Road, Artane, Dublin 5 – Wine Specialist of the Year
Carry Out, The Reeks, Killarney, Co Kerry – Munster Off-Licence of the Year
Dicey’s Off-Licence, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal – Connacht/Ulster Off-Licence of the Year
Mary B’s, Arklow, Co Wicklow – Leinster Off-Licence of the Year
Blackrock Cellar, Blackrock, Co Dublin – Dublin Off-Licence of the Year
Stephen Nugent, Carry Out, Kilcullen, Co Kildare – NOffLA RTC Online Trainee of the Year
O’Donovan’s Off-Licence Group – NOffLA Responsible Retailer of the Year.
In his opening address NOffLA Chairman Gary O’Donovan pointed out that Minister of State Frank Feehan was currently seeking the commencement of Minimum Unit Pricing this year and that NOffLA is engaging with all members of the Irish cabinet at present to have this commenced as soon as possible.
On taxation, NOffLA is joining with its industry colleagues to lobby for a reduction in excise in the next Budget.
This year’s Award sponsors included Guinness, Dona Paula, Hennesy, Drumshanbo Gunpowder, Alpha Zeta, Bombay Sapphire Peroni Nastro & El Coto.