Christmas 2017 was the first year of our collaboration with Dunnes Stores to develop and bake their Handmade All Butter Mince Pies that won both the Irish Food Quality Award for ‘Best Christmas Dessert’, and then went on to win the coveted overall Christmas Gold Award.
Measured against all the other Christmas categories – this means that our mince pies were voted the BEST and HIGHEST QUALITY Christmas product currently available in Ireland.
A fantastic achievement for The Foods of Athenry, for Dunnes Stores and the wonderful Simply Better team who work so hard to bring the best of the best to its consumers - and who have faith in companies like us, to help them achieve that.
To be named as the best in anything is an amazing privilege, but it also comes with great responsibility. Winning this award galvanises our determination to continue to be the best we can be, to source the best ingredients, bake the best products and continue to enrich our consumers lives with an enjoyable eating experience – regardless of their dietary needs or choices.
While I (Siobhan) enjoyed the celebrations in Dublin last night; I know that Paul (Lawless) cracked open some champagne today back in the bakery to celebrate with the team. We are grateful to have such wonderful staff in our Foods of Athenry family, and this award acknowledges the hard work and dedication of all. So - from all of us, to all of you and with Christmas fast approaching ‘Seasons greetings and big hugs to one and all’ from the fields of Athenry in the West of Ireland .
Much love, Siobhan. X
Here is what Simply Better Dunnes Stores had to say about the win:
" We are delighted to be working with Siobhan Lawless and the team from Foods of Athenry to source our Award Winning Handmade All Butter Mince Pies.
Each mince pie is carefully handmade with a short, crumbly pastry made with Irish butter. The mincemeat filling is bursting with juicy vine fruits & nuts along with a delicate blend of Irish stout & French brandy to perfectly balance the flavours.
Each one is expertly finished with a hand cut pastry star for a truly special mince pie. We are delighted the Irish Quality Food Awards judges voted these mince pies as the best Christmas product in Ireland and look forward to launching them in stores in the coming weeks".