Atlantis Seafoods, a family-run business close to the fishing port of Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, are the 2016 recipients of the Blas na hEireann ‘Seafood Innovation Award’ sponsored by BIM.

The company received the award for their Kilmore Quay haddock goujons, developed to meet a growing consumer demand for fresh local and convenient seafood that is easy to cook and is gluten free.

Blas na hEireann Atlantis Seafoods

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine; John Kenny, Atlantis Seafoods; Paul Ward, SDC and Artie Clifford, Blas na hEireann chairman

“We’re absolutely thrilled to win the Seafood Innovation Award. We have worked closely with BIM in their Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty and the expertise and assistance from their team has been instrumental in the success of our new Kilmore Quay range,” remarked John Kenny, managing director.

The company identified a gap in the retail market for fresh (not frozen) convenient, gluten-free and locally-sourced seafood.

“We used innovative techniques to develop a gluten-free breaded crumb that would not only retain its shelflife but most importantly – its taste.”

Other projects in the Kilmore Quay range include seafood sausages (awarded an Irish Quality Food Award last year) and healthy fish products for children, all stocked in all major retailers.

“Atlantis Seafoods represents a forward thinking seafood enterprise that has successfully moved from wholesale to retail and has done so by diversifying and embracing innovative technology and support,” remarked Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive.

“We’re looking forward to enabling Atlantic Seafoods to further drive their innovation agenda through our Seafood Development Centre in the months ahead.”

Atlantis Seafoods will benefit from €4,000 worth of services from the SDC in Clonakilty, Co. Cork. The centre is a purpose-built innovation centre with world-class technology facilities and a team of expert researchers, seafood technologists and business development personnel to assist the Irish seafood sector to drive innovative thinking and new product development.

Over the last two years, the centre has assisted 50 companies and more than 80 projects.