Following a period of significant investment and growth, Northern Ireland’s leading health foods business, Linwoods has confirmed its position as a world class producer, securing a Gold Award for Innovation at the SIAL Middle East Show in Abu Dhabi for its ‘Sprouted Flaxseed’ product.

The SIAL Middle East Show is part of a global programme for the food and beverage sector and showcases some of the world’s most innovative products over the course of a three-day event. SIAL Middle East had a record number of more than 300 entries from around the globe this year and Linwoods ‘Sprouted Flaxseed’ came out on top, securing gold following a shortlist of 30 new products from manufacturers across the US, India, New Zealand and the UAE.


Linwoods, a family-owned and managed business, has been flying the flag for top quality Northern Ireland food on the international stage in recent years and this award marks the second major industry success for the company in as many weeks, having been recently recognised as ‘Export Business of the Year’ at the British Chamber Awards.

John Woods, MD of Linwoods, commented:

“Recognition for our products at one of the world’s most prestigious food and beverage events is a major endorsement of our reputation for producing outstanding health food products and we’re delighted that the judges have chosen our ‘Sprouted Flaxseed’ product as best in class.

“We’re exceptionally proud of the quality of our products and invest heavily in ensuring that we continue to innovate and develop new ranges to meet the demands of our customer base around the globe. To have been recognised at two major industry events over the last number of weeks is an outstanding achievement and is a real boost for the business as we look forward into 2018.

“Award wins such as this serve to underline the hard work of everyone right across the business and helps to enhance the international confidence in Linwood’s product range, supported by our strategy of continuing to break into new markets.“