A Loughgall company, which has ‘mushroomed’ since its establishment 16 years ago, has won a top award.
Unimush, a specialist in filled mushrooms and peppers, received the accolade in the annual awards organised by The Grocer magazine, winning gold for its cheesy rice stuffed peppers for Asda.
a tremendous boost for the company as we seek to expand our businessSinead O’Hanlon
The judging panel praised the product as “a wonderful end result from such simple ingredients”, and gave it maximum points for innovation and relevance.
Unimush started with just eight employees in 1999 and currently employs over 100.
The awards attracted more than 1,000 nominations from UK retailers and involved extensive consumer tastings before a shortlist of 372 was agreed.
Sinead O’Hanlon, Unimush national account manager, described the award as “a tremendous boost for the company as we seek to expand our business in Great Britain and other markets outside Northern Ireland”.
She added, “It showcases our ability to come up with original convenience foods that combine innovation and taste. It’s also immensely encouraging for everyone at the company because this is the second gold award we have achieved in the past two years, both products developed for Asda, among our most important customers across the UK. As a result, we have a very close and valued working relationship with the Asda team in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.”
The company has also won UK Great Taste Awards for its products.
Unimush Ireland was established in 1999 by business partners Seamus Cassidy and Plunkett Curry.
Both had worked for a number of years in the mushroom industry and decided to pool their expertise and establish what is a unique company for Northern Ireland.
In 2008, Unimush invested in a state of the art mushroom slicing and bagging line, allowing it to supply bagged sliced mushrooms, using a laser perforated anti-mist film.