BHSL is shortlisted for this year’s The Irish Times Innovation Awards

Having made it through the first round of judging, finalists will now present to a distinguished panel of senior business leaders at an event at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham next month. The award winners (21 finalists, 3 in each of the 7 awards categories) and overall Innovation award will be presented at a gala event in October.

Category: Agri-food

Created on the back of a bright idea by fitness fan Niall McGrath while watching Nickelodeon with his kids one Saturday morning, Fulfil Nutrition vitamin protein bars have proved to be a sales sensation in just a matter of months. It aims to capture the global trend towards fitness and healthier eating, while proving that healthy bars can be better for you but also tasty.

Co Limerick-based agritech group BHSL has developed a uniquely innovative technology that transforms a cost centre in the poultry production sector (dealing with waste manure) into a source of fuel, thereby driving farm profitability through reduced energy bills. Heating bills are an enormous drain on poultry farms and BHSL’s innovation could really change for the sector.

Amid the recent horsemeat scandal and ongoing concerns over food traceability, Belfast firm Arc-Net is successfully tackling food fraud. The data firm has built an industrial-grade blockchain technology platform to provide traceability and authentication services for the food industry. It gives food producers the ability to have independent validation of their food quality, thereby reassuring customers.

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