The Burren Smokehouse has been named as Green Seafood Business of the Year, at the annual Green Awards held in Dublin, on February 20th.
The Co. Clare-based smoked fish producer, run by Birgitta and Peter Curtin, is renowned for its premium and award winning Irish organic salmon and mackerel.
The Green Seafood Business award, sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), recognises seafood companies that are excelling in sustainable business practices and the Burren Smokehouse’s commitment to sustainable sourcing and practices is evident in their business.
Birgitta said: "The Burren Smokehouse team are thrilled to win the Green Seafood Business award. We are passionate about developing our business in a way that protects the local environment and supports local communities.
"We have made major reductions in energy savings of 29% and waste reduction both in food waste and waste to landfill by 19%," explained Birgitta. "Our investment in energy efficient equipment has paid off as well as our change in work practices and commitment to our local community, education and networking."
Jim O’Toole, CEO of BIM, congratulated the Burren Smokehouse on their win: "Birgitta and Peter and the entire team at the Burren Smokehouse have consistently looked at ways to improve their business and this includes building sustainable practices into their operations. The Burren Smokehouse have not only looked at cost efficiencies but their commitment to sourcing sustainable Irish organic salmon and seafood for their products is testament to their dedication to sustainability across the seafood value chain."
The Burren Smokehouse was also nominated in three other categories at the Green Awards: Green Tourism & Entertainment Award, Small Organisation of the Year and the Green Food & Beverage Award.
The Burren Smokehouse, founded in 1989, supplies Burren smoked salmon, trout and mackerel to customers all over the world. The company sources its organic salmon from sites at Clare Island and the Iveragh Peninsula on the Ring of Kerry.