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Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2017. Out of over 12,366 products to be judged, Kettyle Irish Foods, part of the Linden Food Group was awarded five 1-star Great Taste awards for their Salt Moss Aged Dirty Steak, Super Aged Yearling Tomahawk Steak, Salt Aged Ribeye Steak and a Dingin Boozy Brat Sausage. In Addition to receiving three 2-star Great Taste awards for their Malt Keg Beef Ribs, Hop Fed Bishop’s Cape Steak and the Hop Fed King Arthur Rib of Beef, with some of the judges accolades calling them ‘Outstanding’.

Kettyle are no strangers to Great Taste success and now are one of the leading artisan food companies in Northern Ireland boosting a cabinet full of stars. Based in Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh, Kettyle Irish Foods also known as the Dry Aged Company, have set the standard for gourmet hand-butchered Salt Aged meat for over a decade. The maturation, craft and knowledge of yesteryear butcher cuts leads to a much more exciting catalogue of butchery that will lead Kettyle into the next decade.

Maurice Kettyle – Managing Director of Kettyle Irish Foods remarked: “We are delighted with the outstanding Great Taste results. The recognition from the distinguished panel of judges are a testament and a reflection of the passion and dedication to our craft. Great Taste is widely respected and acknowledged as one of the highest accolades for artisan foods. Our successful products this year have been the result of continuous development and innovation with a desire to produce exciting mouth-watering food”.

Maurice continues; “It has been an exciting 12 months for Kettyle, we have been extremely busy promoting several new products to market and have enjoyed collaborating on some uniquely Irish food. Our malt keg beef ribs and our hop feed king Arthur rib of beef have truly set a new level for kettyle”.

There were 12,366 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, 165 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,011 received a 2-star and 3,171 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges included; chef, food writer and author, Gill Meller, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion, author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, baker, Tom Herbert, and food writer and baking columnist Martha Collison as well as food buyers from Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, and Harvey Nichols. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2017 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the 2017 Supreme Champion.

Pictured: (L-R) Maurice Kettyle – Managing Director, Stephen McLaughlin – Production Supervisor, Duane Kille –  Production Manager, Charlotte Wilson – NPD & Specifications Technologist and Gemma Jennings –  NPD & Sales Co-ordinator


2017

Linden Foods Scoop Major M&S Award At ‘PLAN A 2025’ Launch

Linden Foods the County Tyrone based meat manufacturer have been presented winners of the ‘Wellbeing and Leadership Award’ at the recent M&S Plan A 2025 launch in front of leading retailers, suppliers and manufactures from the UK food industry. The Marks & Spencer Plan A 2025 is a new eco and ethical programme, which is…
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Linden Express Their Appreciation To Temple Grandin

Linden Foods the Dungannon-based meat processor paid tribute to pioneer and animal welfare expert, Dr Temple Grandin at the ‘Building Capacity Conference’ for Autism recently at the sold-out event at Titanic Belfast. The Co. Tyrone manufacturer who employs over 1000 people and is part of the farmer’s co-operative Fane Valley became headline sponsor for the…
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Guinness® and Kettyle Irish Foods™ Celebrate Their New Partnership

Guinness® and Kettyle Irish Foods™ celebrate their new partnership with an event in the Open Gate Brewery Last night, Tuesday April 4th, multi award winning meat supplier, Kettyle Irish Foods™ celebrated their new partnershipwith beer giant, Guinness® with an exclusive event in the Open Gate Brewery, St. James’ Gate. Attended by guests from every touchpoint…
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Linden & Kettyle Scoop Prestigious NIFDA Awards

Linden Foods & Kettyle Irish Foods picked up two prestigious NIFDA Awards and a ‘Highly Commended’ for their innovative and locally produced products.   Dungannon based Linden Foods won best product for a large company with their LIDL N. Ireland dry-aged steak range and a second place ‘highly commended’ for their M&S lamb crown. The…
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Linden Beef Farmers Visit The Dobson AA Farm

Linden Foods recently organised an Aberdeen Angus beef workshop event at the Warringstown farm of John Dobson, with over 40 farmers from across N. Ireland in attendance. Guest speakers included, Matthew Armstrong from Fane Valley Feeds and Donald Mackey from Fane Valley Stores. They covered topics such as animal nutrition and animal health. A farm…
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Turf & Clover Gourmet Burgers of Distinction

Linden Food Group, the leading Northern Irish meat processor has launched a 20-strong range of gourmet burgers for both retail and foodservice under its established Turf & Clover – Honest Irish Meat brand. Linden Foods, which is based in Dungannon, county Tyrone, has created the luxury range of burgers in different and unique flavours using…
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LINDEN SCOOP BEST NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Linden Foods picked up ‘BEST NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT’ at the recent 2017 Food Management Today Industry Awards for their hand wrapped, mouthwatering M&S Pork Saltimbocca. The award winning County Tyrone meat manufacturers are no strangers to success and continue to dazzle judges with their delicious portfolio of beef, lamb, pork and chicken products. In the…
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Linden Appoint New Supply Chain Manager

Linden Foods are pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Williamson as our new Supply Chain Manager. He will be replacing Frank Foster who leaves our business at the end of January 2017. Keith has been employed by Linden Foods since 2011, gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience of our business. Keith commenced his employment…
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2016

Linden Support Children’s Charity Christmas Toy Collection

Farmer Co-operative Fane Valley and its wider Group of agri companies joined forces recently to help collect hundreds of Christmas toys and gifts for Co. Antrim based charity Action for Children. Staff from across Linden Foods, Fane Valley Feeds and Fane Valley Stores, Linergy, Hilton Meat Products, and White’s Oats have been collecting toys, vouchers,…
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Linden Foods’ Sheep Farmers Visit Glenwherry Hill Farm

On Wednesday 9th November, Linden Foods organised a trip for their sheep producers to the new DAERA state-of-the-art sheep shed at Greenmount’s Glenwherry Hill Farm. The educational visit was a huge success with over 180 Linden farmers attending. The day consisted of a shed tour and briefings arranged by Dr Eileen McCloskey and Brian Hanthorn (DAERA),…
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Linden Foods Prepare For Titanic Student Skills Event

Linden Foods the award winning meat processor from Dungannon are getting ready to take part in a new interactive and inspiring two-day Skills NI event on the 8th and 9th November at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. The inaugural careers conference will connect many of our talented young people with job, career and skills opportunities across Northern Ireland and…
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Linden ‘ENGAGE’ Manager Programme Is A Huge Success

‘ENGAGE’ is the Linden Food Group training ‘brand’ which revolves around the strategic engagement and development of its people at management level. The ENGAGE ‘Team Coaching Programme’ initiative launched back in October 2015 has encompassed training and development sessions and active workshops over 18months. ENGAGE is a first line management programme reflecting Linden’s ethos and…
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Linden Foods Go Pink For Breast Cancer Charity

Fane Valley and its Group of companies recently took part in a pink coffee morning with all proceeds going towards Action Cancer’s breast screening and therapeutic services for breast cancer survivors. Over 80 free mammograms will now be made available because of the efforts of the wider group staff and the generous donations from Fane…
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Linden Livestock Grows From Strength To Strength.

Linden Livestock’s ongoing investment in state-of-the-art-calf rearing units is ensuring a constant supply of high quality weaned Angus and Continental calves. These animals are then sold on for finishing to beef farmers across Northern Ireland “It’s an integrated process,” confirmed Linden’s supply chain manager Frank Foster. “We are working closely with professional calf rearers, who have…
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Placement Student Gains Valuable Experience At Linden Foods

Claire Marshall is currently studying a BSC Degree in Food, Marketing and Management at CAFRE, Loughry Campus and was given the opportunity to spend a placement year at Linden Foods as part of their retail NPD team.  Claire has embraced her practical hands-on role at Linden, explaining that the industry has proven to be a…
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New Challenge For Linden’s Development Chef

Linden Foods are delighted to announce the appointment of Ronan McLaughlin as their new development chef. Ronan has recently commenced his new role at the award winning meat manufacturer in Dungannon within their vibrant NPD team at their multi-million pound retail site at Granville Industrial Estate. Ronan brings a wealth of culinary knowledge and gourmet…
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Graduation Success For Linden Apprentices

Four Linden Foods’ apprentices recently graduated at a prestigious award ceremony at CAFRE Loughry campus after successfully completing a Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Meat & Poultry Industry Skills. The yearlong apprenticeship programme is made up of various units of study combined with practical sessions to improve skills and classroom units to develop knowledge and understanding. …
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Linden Foods Strike Gold With Lidl Fillet Steaks

Linden Foods scooped a major UK Gold accolade for their Lidl Inisvale Irish Hereford Fillet Steaks at The Grocer’s annual awards held in London’s Hilton Park Lane. A shortlist of 350 products from a record 1400 products made it through to the second round of judging, with Dungannon based manufacturer Linden Foods being crowned an…
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Students Supply Chain Project with Linden Foods and Marks & Spencer

BSc Agricultural Technology degree students from CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus recently participated in an innovative supply chain programme with beef and lamb processor Linden Foods and food retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S). As part of this programme, the students visited both Linden Foods in Dungannon and the Food Hall of the Marks & Spencer store in…
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New General Manager Appointed At Kettyle Irish Foods

PJ McCague has recently been appointed as General Manager of Kettyle Irish Foods, part of the Linden Food Group, which is based in Lisnaskea County Fermanagh. PJ was previously employed as General Manager with McCarren Meats, a Pork & Bacon factory based in Cavan Town. Over the years PJ has worked in a variety of…
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Linden Foods Award Bursary To Loughry Student

Food students at CAFRE’s Loughry campus were presented with bursaries today from 14 private companies from the agri-food industry in NI. Level 4 and 5 students at Loughry were eligible to apply for each bursary with the winner being selected by written essays, interviews or the highest mark in a particular module. This is the fifth…
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Bell Welcomes Export Ambition of Linden Foods

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has welcomed the export ambition of Linden Foods during a visit to its Tyrone headquarters. Owned by Fane Valley Group, the award winning meat processor is planning to expand into new markets and double export sales with its new premium brand of Turf & Clover products. The Dungannon…
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Continued Environmental Recognition For Linden

In an annual survey of NI’s largest companies and organisations, Linden Foods remains in the top ranking ‘Platinum’ category of environmental management and performance. The survey benchmarks all respondents to determine the highest achievers, and assesses continual improvement. Gerry Maguire said: “Ongoing recognition that Linden Foods remains in the coveted Platinum section illustrates that the…
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2015

Linden Foods Voted ‘GREEN’ Company of The Year 2015/16

Linden Foods were crowned ‘Green Company of the year’ at the UTV Business Eye Awards 2015, now in its ninth year. Another star-studded evening was held at the Culloden Estate & Spa to honour the high achievers of the Northern Ireland business community as well as the public sector. Hundreds of entries were anticipated across 16 different…
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Linden Foods Host DANSKE BANK Aspire! Programme

Linden Foods have invested in, and are reaping the rewards of, Lean Manufacturing. This well-known management philosophy was developed initially in the car industry and in recent years has been integrated into many others. In theory it encourages an open style of operating and leadership. All issues are researched and staff and management at all levels…
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Pink Day A Huge Success At Linden Foods

Fane Valley and its group of companies recently took part in a pink coffee morning with all proceeds going towards Action Cancer’s breast screening and therapeutic services for breast cancer survivors. Over 60 free mammograms will now be made available because of the efforts of the wider group staff and the generous donations from Fane…
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Linden Boss Appointed To LMC Board

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced the appointment of a new member to the Livestock and Meat Commission. Gerry Maguire, Managing Director Linden Foods, has been appointed as a new member and the appointment is effective from 22 October 2015 to 21 October 2018. Mr Maguire has 37 years experience in the…
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Linden’s million pound investment results in major carbon reduction

The world’s first Prosperity Agreement between DOE and Linden Foods/Linergy plants in Dungannon has seen over £1 million invested by the company. This has resulted in a major carbon reduction, demonstrating that Northern Ireland is serious about creating a world-class clean, green agri-food sector. Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, visited the Linden Foods/Linergy plants in…
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Linden Foods wins IFDA award for Lidl Burgers

The Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards recently announced its winners at a glittering black tie, gala dinner held at the Mansion House, Dublin. Dungannon-based processor Linden Foods picked up an award for the Lidl Inisvale Selection Irish Hereford Cheddar and Onion Beef Burgers. “We are delighted to have won an Irish Quality Food Award…
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Linden Foods wins Meat Management Award for Lidl Deluxe Chicken & Leek Pastry Parcels

At the prestigious Meat Management Awards held recently in the Hilton Birmingham, the Dungannon based meat processor Linden Foods was crowned for its innovative Lidl Deluxe Chicken & Leek Pastry Parcels. Beating off stiff competition on the night the awarding winning Lidl product from Linden Foods was hailed ‘Best Poultry Product’ due to its uniqueness, look and delicious…
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Linden Livestock Pioneer New Calf Rearing Scheme

There has been a steady decline in suckler cow numbers across Northern Ireland, which has resulted in reduced numbers of beef-bred store cattle being available to finishers. There is a renewed interest in beef from the dairy herd.  Linden now only rear Aberdeen Angus and Continental male and female calves in their Linden Livestock calf units….
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Linden Foods Producer wins M&S ‘Farming for the Future’ award

Local producer for Linden Foods and Marks & Spencer has been rewarded for his talent as an inspirational Young Producer at a M&S ‘Farming for the Future’ Award presentation, which took place at this years Balmoral Show. Noel Hooke from Co. Down scooped the ‘Young Producer Award’, which champions forward-thinking individuals whose technical ability or…
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Industry Bursaries for Loughry Food Students

At the Food Bursary Awards ceremony fourteen food students from Loughry’s higher education degree courses were presented with the industry bursaries they have secured this academic year.  Nine companies offered bursaries which were valued between £1,000 and £4,500, and totalled £30,000.  Businesses that have shown their appreciation of the future talent that Loughry is developing include:…
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Linden Foods Scoop NIFDA Best Product Award

Dungannon based meat manufacturer Linden Foods picked up the top award for Best Product with their innovative M&S Pork Saltimbocca at a prestigious ceremony held in the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Celebrating its 13th year the NIFDA awards offer a platform to showcase and reward those involved in Northern Ireland’s world-class food and drink sector…
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Linden Foods Reaches The Final of England’s Best Sirloin Steak

Local manufacturer Linden Foods has made it through to the final stage of ‘England’s Best Sirloin Steak’ competition with its ‘Chef’s Larder Premium Extra Mature Sirloin’ steak. It supplies this product to a national chain of wholesalers based in England.   Run by EBLEX, ‘England’s Best Sirloin Steak’ is one of three competitions to make up…
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2014

GreenTrack Celebrates 1st Birthday!

Linden Foods, the red meat processor in Dungannon and part of the Fane Valley Group, reduced water and plastic usage as part of its far-reaching GreenTrack sustainability programme in the last year. The company saved the equivalent of 10 Olympic sized swimming pools of water and three football pitches worth of plastic.  The company achieved other substantial resource…
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Linden Foods & White’s Announced As Official Suppliers To Ulster Rugby

Ulster Rugby has teamed up with two award-winning local agri-food companies for the 2014/15 season. Linden Foods, the primal meat and retail manufacturer from Dungannon, and White’s, the traditional oat milling and breakfast producer from Tandragee, will both be Official Suppliers to the Ulster Rugby squad. Linden Foods and White’s are market leaders in their…
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Global First: Durkan signs historic Prosperity Agreement with Linden Foods and Linergy

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan and Dungannon based agri-food companies, Linden Foods Ltd and Linergy Ltd, have signed the world’s first Prosperity Agreement. The agreement will turn environment issues from barriers to business into economic growth opportunities. The agreement will see the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), while firmly regulating, work to reduce red tape. In turn…
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Linden Foods Turn To Darfresh® Skin Packaging

Linden Foods, the award-winning market leader in the Northern Irish fresh meat processing industry, has proved the potential of packaging to bring some relief to the food waste epidemic. Consumers throw away 30% of the food they purchase, and two thirds of that waste is unavoidable. Linden Foods, as part of their sustainability programme ‘GREENTRACK’, looked…
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2013

Linden Foods Win UTV Business Eye Award

Linden Foods, part of the Fane Valley Group of companies, picked up a prestigous UTV Business Eye Award recently at a black tie event held in the Culloden Hotel. Linden Foods were shortlisted for two awards on the night and was the eventual winner in the category of ‘Agri-Food Innovation Award’.  This award reflects the strength…
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Double win for Linden Foods at Belfast Telegraph 2013 business awards

Linden Foods won two prestigious awards at the recent Belfast Telegraph 2013 Business Awards. They received the award for Excellence in Innovation, sponsored by Invest NI Young Businessperson of the Year award, sponsored by Bibby Financial Services was won by Elaine Willis, Head of Innovation and Business Development at Linden Foods. “We’re delighted to have been…
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