Ireland’s health food retailers celebrate their 2023 Awards

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Twenty-two of Ireland’s natural health retailers were handed awards in seven categories at the inaugural ‘Putting Our Best Foot Forward’ event in Shannon, County Clare, on January 29th.  

The day was focused on networking, panel discussions and sectoral awards, with 40 trade exhibitors and over 60 retailer participants representing more than 70 health food shops.

International Retail Consultant Tim Radley, author of VM-Unleashed, set the tone for the event with a positive message for independents of a noted decline in pureplay online retail in favour of bricks and mortar specialists. Authenticity and co-operation in a passionate supply chain will be the key dynamics for a successful retail future, he said.

The return of the annual Health Stores Ireland/New Natural Business retailer awards was the centrepiece of the day with retailers picking up prizes under a range of categories, receiving due recognition for their resilience and innovation through turbulent trading years.   

These are the results:

Marketing & Social Media

Joint Winners: Natural Health Store, Wexford and Dr Clare Apothecary, Galway

Highly Commended Only Natural, Wexford and Remedies, Dungarvan

Environmental Initiatives

Winner: The Hopsack, Dublin

Highly Commended: Organico, Bantry and Healing Harvest, Kinvara

Training & Education

Winner: Evergreen Healthfoods, Galway

Highly Commended: Golden Health Store, Longford and Health Store, Galway

Community Engagement

Joint winners: Open Sesame, Gort and Healthy Haven, Thurles

Highly commended: Loop de Loop, Castletownbere and Nice & Natural, Cootehill

Local Food Champion

Winner: Health Connection, Ennis

Highly commended: Fruit ‘n Nut, Portlaoise and Food For Life, Callan

Innovation & Business Development

Joint winners: Simple Simon’s, Donegal and Horan’s Healthstores, Tralee

Highly commended: Natures Hand, Limerick and Evolv, Enniscorthy

Best Newcomer

Winner: Celestial Times, Kilrush

Highly commended: Horan’s, Sligo

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