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Isabel García Tejerina, Spain's Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, participated in the presentation of the 2014 Spanish Food Awards, now in its 27th edition. As in previous years, these awards recognize the businesses and professionals who have stood out for producing, providing and raising awareness about Spain's quality foods.
There are nine categories in total: Food Industry, Restaurant Industry, Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Best Wine in 2015, Organic Production, Communications/Media, Internationalization, Fish and Aquaculture, and the Special Spanish Food Award.
Special Spanish Food Award
This distinction went to the journalist Vidal Maté, who specializes in the agri-food sector and is an expert in farming policies, agriculture and stockbreeding, agro-industry, consumption and rural affairs. He is one of the most well-known agricultural journalists in Spain and, in his own words, he is a "defender of rural areas where, as a farmer, I learned about the agro-industry and the path our farm products take until reaching final consumers".
Spanish Food Award—Food Industry
This award went to Grefusa S. L., in Alzira (Valencia). This Spanish family-run company founded in 1929 is a leader in the grain snacks and nuts segment.
Spanish Food Award—Restaurant Industry
Restaurante y Catering Hispania, in London, won this award for being a leading Spanish restaurant in the city center whose main mission is to promote our quality foods and showcase the best of Spanish gastronomy within an excellent framework, led by one of our famed gastronomes
Award for the Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2013/14 Harvest
This award went to Finca La Reja, in Bobadilla-Antequera (Málaga). This company has taken a new approach in its business by applying changes in crop management and in the extra virgin olive oil production process over the last four years, positioning its organic oil among the most renowned in Spain and around the world
Spanish Food Award—Best Wine in 2015
This distinction went to Bodegas Tradición, from Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz), for its Pedro Ximenez Tradición wine. It's named after the type of grape, Pedro Ximenez, which yields sweet wines.
Spanish Food Award—Organic Production
Bodegas Robles S. A., from Montilla (Córdoba), received this award. This pioneering company combines organic viticulture with the production of organic fortified wines, vinegars and other innovative wine-derived foods such as jellies and vinegar and wine reductions
Spanish Food Award—Communications/Media
Corporación RTVE, S. A. took home this award for its TV show Masterchef which, during three seasons, has had a notable impact on the public and interest by Spanish viewers.
Spanish Food Award—Internationalization
This award went to the Interprofessional Agri-food Organization for White Pigs (Interporc) in recognition of its efforts in promoting Spanish pork around the world and in the international growth of the Spanish pork industry
Fish and Aquaculture Production
Balfegó Tuna, S. L. - Grup Balfegó, from L’Ametlla de Mar (Tarragona), took home this distinction. The family-run group was recognized for its excellent organization, notable investment in innovation and outstanding communication strategy.