A local food company has again savoured the sweet taste of success at the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards in London – the ‘Oscars’ of speciality food.
Mileeven Fine Foods, based in Owning, had three of its products selected from over 9,500 entrants at the prestigious awards.Its ‘Manuka Honey’ achieved two stars – the highest accolade for any manuka honey in Ireland – while its ‘Mileeven Pure Honey’ and ‘Sarah Bella Extra Virgin Olive Oil’ were each awarded one star. Mileveen’s was the only pure honey in Ireland to receive an award.
“We are thrilled,” said Sarah Gough, who runs the company with her mother Eilis.
“One star is given for a flawless product and two stars for what the judges consider outstanding. We are delighted. Our Manuka is never blended and this keeps our quality very consistent.”
One of Mileeven’s newer products, the Extra Virign Olive oil, was also commended. Last year, the company received two stars for its ‘Zesty Honey with Ginger’ from the Sarah’s Wonderful Honey range.
The local company has recently begun incorporating fun facts about bees and honey on its new heart-shaped labels, and this is proving popular. As is the latest addition – the live hive webcam. The bees can be seen live on www.mileeven.com.
“People are intrigued to know that to make a jar of Manuka honey bees need to visit 1.5 million flowers and fly about 40,000 miles in total,” said Ms Gough.
“Or that bees beat their wings about 11,400 times per minute when flying. And now they can see them at work.”
Mileeven Fine Foods has been in operation since 1988, a nd it supplies worldwide.