We won two gold and one silver medal at the prestigious Free From Food Awards on May 10th, 2018. The medals were awarded for Hodgins Gluten-Free Black and White Pudding and our Hodgins Gluten-Free Sausages.
The winners were selected by a panel of experts who carried out a blind tasting using the criteria of appearance, aroma, texture and taste.
Accepting these awards, Mervin Hodgins commented, “We are thrilled to accept two gold awards and one silver. On a personal level, it means a lot to win these awards. I particularly love the fact that they are based on independent blind taste tests, as it not only rubber stamps our reputation for great tasting products, but it also validates our commitment of only using 100% Irish pork in our product range. We are a Bord Bia-approved facility, and it is thanks to the dedication of our team here at Mitchelstown who show great passion and commitment everyday in maintaining these high standards.”
Co-ordinator on the night Emma Clarke Conway commended Hodgins on winning awards for all of their gluten-free products, saying that “there is a huge difference between gluten-free and taste-free. It is always heartening when you taste a product that is gluten-free, but still packs a punch on taste. It means that everybody in the family can eat the gluten-free products without any taste penalty.” Hodgins is a great example of this.
Mervin also said, “Our philosophy has always been that people want to know what is exactly in their food, along with where it is made, so by having an honest approach and using the best of ingredients in the Hodgins range there is nothing to hide. Our customers tell us that they like the fact that we only use 100% Irish pork from Irish farmers, and that all of our range has a very high pork content. I really appreciate the support that local businesses give to the brand, and of course the loyalty of our customers down through the years.”
The Hodgins range can be found in Tesco, SuperValu, Dunnes Stores , Iceland and independent stores across Ireland.