• Cyril McAree

O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co, Comes Out On Top With 2-Star Great Taste Award

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2017. Out of over 12,300 products to be judged, O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co from Wexford has been awarded a 2-star Great Taste award, for its Dry Cured Rashers. For the second year running O’Neills is the only unsmoked Dry Cured Back Rashers in Ireland and the UK to gain 2 stars, illustrating just how good they are.

One of the judges commented on O’Neills rashers “A lovely looking bacon which delivers crispness and excellent flavour. It's not dry or over salty but has a delicious porky flavour. We would be happy to have this for breakfast daily!” The judges experienced, tasted and recognised everything that makes the O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co. range so special.

“Winning 2 stars in the Great Taste awards brings unmeasurable value to our business in terms of credibility, opening doors to new retailers, and ultimately increasing sales.” Commented Pat O’Neill, owner of O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co. “Following on from winning the Georgina Campbell Award for Best Meat at the Irish Breakfast Awards earlier this year, and 2 stars at the great taste awards in 2016 we have been overwhelmed with the support of customers, retailers and the food service sector. We are also shortlisted by the Irish Country Magazine Inaugural Best in Ireland Awards (results in September) so who knows what’s next! We cannot thank our team enough.”

There were 12,366 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, 165 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,011 received a 2-star and 3,171 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges included; chef, food writer and author, Gill Meller, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion, author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, baker, Tom Herbert, and food writer and baking columnist Martha Collison as well as food buyers from Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, and Harvey Nichols.

O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co. pride themselves on producing bacon that tastes and cooks like it should. The multi award winning product range, which is made with Irish Pork and is produced in Co. Wexford, includes dry cured rashers, streaky rashers, bacon lardons, bacon loins, bacon steaks, sausages and smoked streaky rashers to name but a few.

The O’Neills range is now available in excess of 300 of the finest food stores & supermarkets throughout Ireland including most SuperValu stores nationwide and numerous Dunnes Stores. Produce is also supplied to premium hotels such as Kelly’s Rosslare, Monart, Mount Juliet & The Morrison in Dublin. For the full list of stockists see www.oneillsbacon.ie

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