DESPITE only hitting the shelves of outlets nationwide late last year a butter made in the heart of the Duhallow region using only locally sourced ingredients has scooped its second prestigious accolade in as many months.
Having already won a prestigious Two-Star Great Taste Award Ór (the Irish for gold) Real Irish Butter has lived up to its name by winning the gold award in the prestigious 2022 Irish Quality Food & Drink Awards.
Produced by the farmer owned Kanturk-based North Cork Creameries independent cooperative, Ór Irish Butter is made using the traditional method of slow churning, with the only addition being a touch of salt.
Established in 1928 North Cork Creameries works closely with farmers located close to the creamery, whose families have been supplying milk from certified grass-fed cows to the cooperative for generations.
This ensures they have full control over the quality of the milk that goes into their Ór Real Irish Butter.
It has been receiving rave reviews from the public and food critics alike, with one of the great Taste 2022 Award judges describing the butter as being ‘deliciously creamy with just the right amount and balance of salt’, with another saying, ‘the subtle salting created a lasting deliciousness and enhanced the rich, creaminess of the butter’.
The panel of expert judges at the 2022 Irish Quality Food & Drink Awards, widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the vibrant Irish food and beverage industry, were equally impressed after reviewing the butter on key criteria including taste, flavour, provenance and innovation.
North Cork Creameries have more than 100 local employees and supports 250 local milk suppliers, making significant contribution to the local economy.
A delighted Pat Sheehan, CEO of North Cork Creameries, said everyone there was extremely proud to add this latest award to their trophy cabinet.
“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,” said Mr Sheehan.
“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 both they go through a rigorous and independent judging and tasting process,” he added.