Emma Murphy and Mariana Puente from North Cork Creameries with Keith Bradshaw and MC Doireann Garrihy at the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards 2022.
Pic: Siobhan Taylor
An Irish butter brand, which is made by North Cork Creameries using traditional methods, has been recognised at the Irish Quality Food & Drink Awards 2022. Ór-Real Irish Butter was named Gold Award winner in the Butter category at a gala ceremony at the Mansion House in Dublin.
The annual awards celebrate the best in food and drink products available in Ireland across retail, wholesale and foodservice. Each entry is judged by a panel of industry experts and is assessed on its taste, flavour, provenance and innovation.
It’s the second significant accolade for the North Cork brand in as many months. In August, Ór-Real Irish Butter was awarded two stars at the Great Taste Awards 2022, only entries considered to be ‘outstanding’ receive two stars.
Pat Sheahan, CEO of North Cork Creameries said, “Generations of farming families have been involved in making Ór-Real Irish Butter and this award is for them. We know our farmers and have almost 100 years of experience in turning the finest local milk into the highest quality butter. Very little has changed during that time, we still use traditional methods but to modern standards. Ór-Real Irish Butter has been on the shelves since late last year and is already very popular with Irish shoppers. We’re thrilled to be recognised with Gold at the Irish Quality Food & Drink Awards. What makes this and the Great Taste awards so special is that they go through a rigorous and independent judging and tasting process.”
Ór-Real Irish Butter is made in North Cork using the traditional method of slow churning, the only addition is a touch of salt. North Cork Creameries was established in 1928. It is a farmer-owned independent cooperative. employing more than 100 local people directly, it supports 250 local family farm milk suppliers and contributes significantly to the local economy.