Maeve Haughey Nov 25, 2016 0 Comments Posted in: Blog

Portadown-based snack company highly commended in two tough categories

 Kestrel Foods Ltd was recognised among the best of Northern Irish businesses at last night’s annual UTV Business Eye Awards taking home two awards.


20-year old Kestrel Foods, and parent company of the successful Forest Feast and Acti-Snack brands, was Highly Commended in both the R&D Project of the year and Agri-food innovation categories.


Recognised for its ongoing investment in its facilities and innovative, new product development, Kestrel Foods is a trailblazer in the global snacking company.  Significant capital investment in a modern nut roasting and flavouring plant as well as a new test kitchen in 2015/16 has seen the company up its game in terms of R&D, making it one of Northern Ireland’s leading Agri-food success stories.


The brands, Forest Feast and Acti-Snack, have caught the idea of customers across the globe, with their innovative and delicious mixes, quality produce and latterly, a totally unique offer in the sports nutrition category.


A highlight on the Northern Ireland business calendar, the awards seek to acknowledge those businesses and individuals doing outstanding work in their fields, across 17 competitive categories.


Guests at last night’s event at Belfast’s iconic Waterfront Hall were treated to an evening of good food, entertainment and even better company – the very best of what NI has to offer in terms of business success.


Lorraine Hall, Sales and Marketing Director at Kestrel Foods, said: “Northern Ireland’s business sector is thriving and last night’s guest list was testament to that.


As a region, we’ve always had a particularly strong agri-food industry and the categories this year seemed to be stronger than ever. We were very pleased to receive Highly Commended awards in these important categories. We firmly believe one wouldn’t succeed without the other, which is why we are committed to continually investing in our R&D facilities and people, so that our contribution to the region’s all-important agri-food sector can remain strong.
“Congratulations to all the winners – it’s a privilege being in friendly competition with these amazing businesses.”