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Retailers vote for their favourite products!

Independent health stores nationwide have been busy nominating and judging their favourite products of the year, in the prestigious Health Stores Ireland Product Awards 2019.

The winners were announced as part of the Vitality Expo weekend of September 28-29 in Dublin and presented by a panel of retailer representatives.

The Irish Association of Health Stores created the awards in order to recognise products that are core to the health food trade. It’s a natural extension of the Health Stores Ireland Select project which sets important criteria for core health food sector product qualification. The awards use a completely independent nomination system with all the shortlisting and final voting carried out by retailers.

Nominees were shortlisted from the full list of products that had been nominated by retailers in Rude Health magazine’s Tried and Tested page over a period of 12 months. These were shortlisted to meet the specific criteria of Health Stores Ireland Select such as sustainability, environmental, training and product support.

For consumers these awards show what independent health food store owners and managers in Ireland consider to be the top products in four categories – food, supplements, bodycare and environmental products. It recognises key brands who actively engage with store owners and staff and put a support mechanism behind their products to ensure that they are delivered to consumers with knowledge and confidence. It also means that these products have been tried and tested by store owners and staff.

The shortlisting panel consisted of Health Stores Ireland board members. The final voting was open to all Health Stores Ireland members and was carried out with a secret vote.

We're delighted to reveal the winners and highly commended products in each category:

Best Food & Drink Product Award 2019

Winner: Natural Raw Sauerkraut - The Cultured Food Company

Highly Commended:
Dairy Free Frozen Goodness Ice Cream - Nobó Ltd
Drivers Non-Alcoholic Cider - Highbank Orchards
Turmeric Active Tea - Pukka Herbs

Best Nutritional Supplement Product Award 2019

Winner: L-Theanine and Lemon Balm Capsules - Viridian Nutrition

Highly Commended:
Magnesium Powder - Mag365
Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil - Wiley’s Finest
KSM-66 Ashwagandha Plus - Wild Nutrition

Best Natural Bodycare Product Award 2019

Winner: Palm Free Irish Soaps

Highly Commended:
Deodorant Cream - Warrior Botanicals
Pure Castile Soap - Dr Bronner’s
Absolute Cleansing Face Oil - Kinvara Natural Skincare

Best Environmental Product Award 2019

Winner: Reusable Cups, Stainless Steel Straws & Lunch Boxes - Cheeki

Highly Commended:
Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner - Dr Bronner’s
Ireland Beeswax Wraps
Menstrual Cup - Mooncup

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