October 24, 2016

Irish family-run seafood firm wins innovation award

Atlantis Seafoods, a family-run business based near the bustling fishing port of Kilmore Quay, County Wexford, Ireland, received the coveted Seafood Innovation Award sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), or the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, at this year's Blas na hEireann Awards in Dingle, County Kerry.

Atlantis Seafoods received the award for its Kilmore Quay haddock goujons, or fish strips, which meet a growing consumer demand for fresh local and convenient seafood (/search/?q=Ireland%2C+seafood) that is easy to cook and gluten-free.

John Kenny, managing director of Atlantis Seafoods, said they were "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 shelf life but most importantly its taste".

Atlantis Seafoods has a range of innovative products including its Kilmore Quay seafood sausages, which receive an Irish Quality Food Award last year, and a newly launched range of healthy fish products for children.  

Tara McCarthy, BIM CEO said, "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".

Atlantis Seafoods will get €4,000 (US$4,358) worth of services from BIM's Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty, County Cork. The centre has world-class technology and facilities and a 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.

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