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Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS - Stephen Cado­gan

Ir­ish beef steaks are quadru­ple 2017 win­ners in the pres­ti­gious an­nual In­ter­na­tional Taste and Qual­ity In­sti­tute (iTQi) Awards.

The win­ning prod­ucts were pro­duced at ABP Cahir, and ABP Ire­land said the wins were fur­ther en­dorse­ment of their Ul­tra Ten­der process for their beef, which is used in over 100 Miche­lin starred restau­rants across the world. The Brus­sels-based iTQi is one of the world’s lead­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions for test­ing food and drink prod­ucts. Judges are se­lected from 15 pres­ti­gious Euro­pean culi­nary and som­me­liers as­so­ci­a­tions. Com­pa­nies from more than 120 coun­tries en­ter their prod­ucts an­nu­ally, bid­ding for Su­pe­rior Taste Awards based on blind test­ing. In these awards, ABP Ire­land re­ceived three stars for its Tip­per­ary Dry Aged Black An­gus Rib Eye Steak and Here­ford Dry Aged Rib Eye Steak prod­ucts. The com­pany’s Here­ford Dry Aged Striploin Steak and Tip­per­ary Dry Aged Black An­gus Striploin Steak re­ceived two-star awards. Eoin Ryan, Euro­pean Sales Man­ager, ABP Food Group said: “To­day’s news is par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing given the Euro­pean na­ture of the judg­ing process, and the fact that we sup­ply prod­uct into a num­ber of Europe’s lead­ing re­tail­ers and food ser­vice providers.”

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