Galway Bay Seafoods has been named Independent Seafood Retailer of the Year at the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) National Seafood Awards 2018.
The awards, held on the night of November 27th at Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin, recognise excellence and innovation in Ireland's seafood sector. The biennial awards have been running since 2016.
Galway Bay Seafoods, a family business in operation for more than 70 years, was given the award for its retail shop The Dockside Deli. The deli, located in Galway's docklands, offers ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook seafood and fish options, alongside a creative menu of hot daily specials cooked by in-house professional chef Kevin Hynes, which revolves around whatever comes into the kitchen fresh on the day.
Jim O’Toole, BIM CEO, said: “BIM’s ambition is for Ireland to become a global leader in sustainable seafood. Over 14,500 work in the sector. It contributes €1.15bn to our economy and is vital to many of our coastal communities. Tonight’s winners demonstrate the commitment and consistently high standard that’s driving the reputation of Irish seafood in Ireland and internationally.”
Noel Holland, owner of The Dockside Deli by Galway Bay Seafoods, said: “Though tradition is strong within the business, Galway Bay Seafoods has always adapted and changed to keep ahead of the pace, and we are thrilled to see this recognised as we are named Best Independent Seafood Retailer of the Year. We are passionate about delivering only the highest quality seafood products and service to our customers and this award acknowledges our team’s hard work and dedication.”
Chef Kevin Hynes said: “We are delighted to win this award which is recognition of our efforts to ensure locally and ethically caught fish and seafood is readily available, and help to get the public eating in a fresh, healthy and sustainable way. As a chef with an obsession and passion for seafood, The Dockside Deli has been a hugely exciting project and opportunity to be a part of and I couldn’t be prouder of this achievement.”
Andrew Keady, general manager of The Dockside Deli, said: “We have used our years of experience of craft fishmongering to create something unique, which we are proud to say is the first of its kind in Ireland, and we are honoured for The Dockside Deli by Galway Bay Seafoods to be recognised by BIM for our positive contribution to the Irish seafood industry.”
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