Laois Native, wins Dawn Meats Food Innovation Award

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Elaine Duggan, WIT; Aoibhinn Dempsey, Award Winner; Paul Nolan, Dawn Meats

Elaine Duggan, WIT; Aoibhinn Dempsey, Award Winner; Paul Nolan, Dawn Meats

BSc (Hons) in Food Science and Innovation students had to create a product from an idea right right through to a final packaged product including marketing, lab testing and formulation

Aoibhinn Dempsey, a past pupil of St.Leos College, Carlow, recently won the Dawn meats food innovation award in WIT.

Aoibhinn, originally from Ballyadams in Co. Laois is a final year student is studying BSc (Hons) in Food Science and Innovation.

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As part of the 4th year of the Food science and innovation course, each student had to create a product from an idea right through to a final packaged product including marketing, lab testing and formulation. A showcasing day was held where each student displayed their product and a winner was picked by a representative from Dawn meats to receive the Dawn Food Innovation Award.

As a dairy farmer, Aoibhinn was keen to incorporate milk into her product which was a Kefir based ice cream. By adding Kefir the Ice cream possessed additional health benefits associated with consuming kefir which is a fermented milk drink naturally containing beneficial bacteria and yeast.

In the future, Aoibhinn looks forward to gaining more experience in the food industry especially in the areas of innovation and quality.


The Department of Science at WIT recently held its Industry Sponsored Awards Ceremony 2019 which was sponsored by Eurofins Scientific, Source Bioscience, Environmental Science Association of Ireland, Sanofi, Bausch & Lomb, Sanofi, Dawn Meats, Comeragh Veterinary practice, Dairymaster, AIB and the Society of Irish Foresters.

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