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Sweet Success at the Cavan County Enterprise Awards

Aine’s Chocolates has been selected as the Overall Winner of the 2011 Cavan County Enterprise Awards.

The County Awards mark the first stage of the County & City Enterprise Board’s National Enterprise Awards competition for 2011, which aims to recognise and acknowledge the entrepreneurial spirit and valuable contribution of small enterprises to the economy. Vincent Reynolds, CEO, Cavan County Enterprise Board, announced the winners at a special reception hosted by Cavan CEB at the Cavan Crystal Hotel on Friday September 16th 2011.  Jack Keyes, Chairperson, Cavan County Enterprise Board and County Manager, Cavan County Council presented the awards to the winners. Aine’s Chocolates will now represent Co. Cavan in the regional stage of the competition.  Successful regional winners will go on to the National Final to be held in Dublin Castle on November 24th 2011.

Aine’s Chocolates (, located in Stradone Village, Cavan, and was founded by Ann Rudden in 1999.  A Master Chocolatier, her vision for her business was to create premium handmade chocolate as it should be, with only the purest, freshest, natural ingredients.  Ann has received 25 Great Taste Awards, including 13 Gold Medals and her chocolates have been acclaimed by leading food connoisseurs such as Rick Stein and John McKenna, author of the renowned Bridgestone Irish Food Guide.  

Ann’s commitment and passion for excellence and quality is reflected in her creativity and inventiveness with the recent launch of the new 100g Bar Range introducing eighteen flavour profiles to the industry.   The company’s customer base continues to expand and grow on an international scale, with the first delivery of Aine’s Chocolates heading for Shanghai-China this year.   The launch of their Ecommerce On Line Shop in 2007 consolidated their presence in the marketplace and strengthened an already expansive distribution network servicing customers in Ireland, UK and Europe.  

On accepting the award, Ann Rudden expressed her delight at winning the top award and thanked all those involved in the competition and looked forward to representing Cavan in the next stage of the competition.

Image: Pictured left to right at the finals of the National County & City Enterprise Board Awards in 2011: - Vincent Reynolds, CEO Cavan CEB; Ann Rudden, Aine's Chocolates Ltd;  Minister for Small Business Mr. John Perry T.D.