In all, 14 awards were presented from among 42 finalists in the final stage of the judging process, comprising a blind tasting at the Honourable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin, recently.
“It hasn’t been an easy year for the industry so our members have really had to raise the bar and get a better understanding of exactly what the customer wants. It’s evident from the judges’ feedback that they have been doing just that,” stated NOffLA Chairperson Evelyn Jones at the awards.
Marks were also awarded for key criteria including overall appearance, hygiene, product range, customer service and product knowledge. Judging began in July 2011.
Evelyn continued, “The Awards are well-recognised by industry and by the general public so will go a long way to demonstrating the quality offered by our finalists”.