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Love Irish Food Survey Reveals Ireland’s Favourites

March 14, 2017 Press Releases

LIF Favourites

  • Flahavan’s voted Ireland’s favourite food brand
  • Tea is most missed product among Irish abroad
  • Cork named Ireland’s favourite food county

Tuesday, March 14th 2017 – Waterford oat millers Flahavan’s and Cadbury’s Dairymilk chocolate have beaten off stern competition from Tayto to be voted Ireland’s Favourite Food Brands, according to the Love Irish Food Favourites Survey.

Covering all things Irish from food products to farmer’s markets, the Love Irish Food Favourites Survey received a total of 2150 votes across 10 categories.

The results of the survey, which was conducted on Facebook, come just days ahead of the most Irish day of the year – St Patrick’s Day and place Irish bread makers McCambridge fourth, just ahead of relish experts Ballymaloe Foods in the list of Ireland’s favourite brands.

When it comes to the most missed product for Irish abroad, there is no surprise that tea tops the list, followed by butter and bread.

Living up to their ‘rebel’ reputation, Cork, a county steeped in food heritage, pipped close rival Dublin to the post as Ireland’s Favourite Food County with Wexford coming in third.

The Irish apparently like to keep things traditional with apple tart, pie or crumble topping the charts in the Favourite Indulgent Treats category.

Meanwhile, Bord Bia’s Bloom was voted Ireland’s Favourite Food Festival with Taste of Dublin and Electric Picnic tied for second.

As if hosting Ireland’s Favourite Food Festival wasn’t enough, the Phoenix Park was also voted Ireland’s Favourite Picnic Destination, followed by Glendalough. Keeping it very local and having a picnic in the back garden is the third favourite picnic place!

Dublin clearly craves its fresh, local food straight from the farm with Marlay Park and the Temple Bar farmer’s market coming out as the firm favourites in the Farmers market category with Moycullen flying the flag for the West.

When it comes to the weekly shop, Tesco topped the list of Ireland’s Favourite Food Shop, followed by Supervalu in second and Dunnes Stores in third.

Meanwhile, Dublin’s Michelin Stared restaurant Chapter One was voted by respondents as their favourite restaurant, followed by Rustic Stone in second and The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge in Adare, Co. Limerick, in third.

Finally, it seems Irish people prefer an evening meal above all else as dinner received the most votes in the Favourite Meal of the Day category with breakfast in second and lunch in third.


Notes to editors:

Love Irish Food was established in 2009 to promote Irish manufactured food and drink brands to consumers and to safeguard the future of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry. Love Irish Food members employ over 15,000 people directly and indirectly in the food industry.

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Full results

Ireland’s Favourite Food Brand                                      

  1. Flahavan’s
  2. Cadbury’s Dairymilk
  3. Tayto
  4. McCambridge Bread
  5. Ballymaloe Foods

Most Missed Product by Irish Abroad

  1. Tea
  2. Butter
  3. Bread

Favourite Food County

  1. Cork
  2. Dublin
  3. Wexford

Favourite Indulgent Treat

  1. Apple tart/pie/crumble
  2. Cake
  3. Chocolate

Favourite Food Festival

  1. Bloom
  2. Taste of Dublin & Electric Picnic (tied)

Favourite Picnic Destination

  1. Phoenix Park
  2. Glendalough
  3. Back garden/home

Favourite Farmer’s Market

  1. Marlay Park
  2. Temple Bar
  3. Moycullen

Favourite Food Shop

  1. Tesco
  2. Supervalu
  3. Dunnes

Favourite Restaurant

  1. Chapter One
  2. Rustic Stone
  3. The Mustard Seed

Favourite Meal of the Day

  1. Dinner
  2. Breakfast
  3. Lunch

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