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Deli Lites Ireland Wins ‘One To Watch 2024’ Award

By Sarah O'Sullivan
Deli Lites Ireland Wins ‘One To Watch 2024’ Award

Deli Lites Ireland has won ‘One to Watch 2024’ for its ham-and-cheese toastie at the World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) in Hamburg.

The WTCE is the world’s leading event for in-flight catering, onboard services, and passenger comfort.

Deli Lites Ireland was recognised for its Gourmet Irish Ham Hock and Mature Cheddar with Guinness-Infused Rarebit on Bretzel Sourdough.

Whilst developing the sandwich, the team considered how today’s travel industry could incorporate it into their menus while minimising food waste and ensuring ease of preparation.

The product was recognised for its use of locally sourced ingredients and consideration of the product’s expansion beyond Ireland.


Deli Lites Ireland

The win comes after two of the company’s new-product development technologists were named among the UK’s top sandwich and food-to-go creators at the sandwich Oscars, the Sammies.

Deli Lites Ireland, based in Warrenpoint, produces over 30 million food-to-go and artisanal bakery items, which are sold globally.

In 2022, the company became the first sandwich company in the world to achieve B Corp certification.

‘Couldn’t Be Prouder’

Speaking about the win, Deli Lites Ireland co-founder Jackie Reid said, “As award-winning food-to-go experts, we understand the ever-evolving expectations of consumers and the challenges these can present to the aviation and travel industry.

“The focus of Deli Lites Ireland is to produce high-quality, sustainable products, and to be awarded ‘Ones to Watch 2024’ for our gourmet ham-and-cheese toastie, that took both things into consideration, is a huge win for our talented team.


“It was brilliant to be at the prize-giving ceremony in Germany and jet home with our award in hand.

“We’re all looking forward to celebrating this milestone moment together.”

Brian Reid, co-founder and CEO of the company, added, “‘Ones to Watch 2024’ is the first global award win for Deli Lites Ireland, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team for this achievement.

“This recognition has provided us with a huge boost as we continue on our mission to reimagine how the world experiences food on the move.”

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