Abernethy Butter’s success is spreading

We know just how good Abernethy Butter is, but now it’s been recognised at the prestigious BBC Food and Farming Awards. The Dromara-based company was nominated by the public and was in the final three of hugely competitive Best Food Producer Award. This is the first time a producer from Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland has made it this far in this category.

Abernethy Butter is made using the creamiest milk from cows grazing on the lush green grass of the Lagan Valley. Its signature waxed paper packaging with the blue Abernethy crest graces the shelves of top-notch food stores like Selfridges of London and any chef worth his or her salt fights to get it on their tables. Heston Blumenthal even uses it in his Fat Duck Restaurant in Berkshire.

It can add the Food and Farming Award plaudit to a host of others including a 2 star Great Taste Award for their Butter and 2 1 star awards for their Butter Fudge. Allison Abernethy was also Runner-Up in this year’s Belfast Telegraph Businesswoman of the Year Awards.

Also making the final three at the Food and Farming Awards this year was St George’s Market in Belfast. It consistently makes the shortlist and we’re confident it will win the Best Food Market Category soon.

The BBC Food and Farming Awards are now in their 14th year. This year, the ceremony took place in Bristol and was hosted by Sheila Dillon, who presents BBC Radio Four’s The Food Programme. She was joined by the celebrity chef, Valentine Warner, who recently co-presented a special Northern Ireland edition of the Food Programme featuring great local producers.