Atlantis Seafoods, a family run business based near the bustling fishing port of Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, were the proud recipients of the coveted ‘Seafood Innovation Award’ sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) at this year’s Blas na hEireann Awards in Dingle, Co. Kerry. Atlantis Seafoods received the award for their Kilmore Quay haddock goujons developed to meet a growing consumer demand for fresh local and convenient seafood which is easy to cook and gluten free.
Atlantic Seafoods won the BIM ‘Seafood Innovation Award’ at this year’s Blas na hEireann awards in Dingle for their Kilmore Quay gluten free haddock goujon range. Pictured are Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D.; John Kenny, MD, Atlantis Seafoods; Paul Ward, Manager of BIM’s Seafood Development Centre and Artie Clifford, Chairman, Blas na hEireann
John Kenny, Managing Director of Atlantis Seafoods outlines what this win means for their company; ‘We are absolutely thrilled to win the Seafood Innovation Award. We have worked closely with BIM in their Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty in recent years and the expertise and assistance from their team has been instrumental in the success of our new Kilmore Quay range. We identified a gap in the retail market for fresh, not frozen, convenient, gluten free and locally sourced seafood and we used innovative techniques to develop a gluten free breaded crumb that would not only retain its shelflife but most importantly – its taste. Thank you to Blas na hEireann for this recognition; it is a great lift for the business and our entire team’ Atlantis Seafoods has a range of innovative products including its Kilmore Quay seafood sausages, awarded an Irish Quality Food Award last year and a newly launched range of healthy fish products for children. The range is stocked in all major retailers.
Tara McCarthy, BIM’s CEO said; ‘Congratulations to Atlantis Seafoods. John and his team are deserving winners of the Blas na hEireann Seafood Innovation Award. BIM are a proud supporter of this award as Innovation is a key priority for Industry in the years ahead. Atlantis Seafoods represents a forward thinking seafood enterprise that has successfully moved from wholesale to retail and has done so by diversifying and embracing innovative technology and support. We are looking forward to enabling Atlantic Seafoods to further drive their Innovation agenda through our Seafood Development Centre in the months ahead’
As a result of their win, Atlantis Seafoods will benefit from €4,000 worth of services from BIM’s Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty, Co. Cork. The centre is a purpose built innovation centre with world class technology and facilities and a dynamic team of expert researchers, seafood technologists and business development personnel to assist the Irish Seafood Sector to drive innovative thinking and new product development. Over the last two years alone, the centre has completed over 80 projects with more than 50 companies.