Achill Island Sea Salt has just been awarded the prestigious protected designation of origin (PDO) status.

In the same way that champagne can only be called champagne if it is produced, processed and prepared in that exact geographical area in France, the PDO status celebrates the food and drinks of a specific area.

It is a long process to gain this prestigious label and a journey that the O’Malley family has followed to gain recognition for their hand-harvested sea salt, sourced from the waters of Achill Island.

The PDO status means consumers have confidence knowing they are eating the genuine Achill Island product.


Meabh O’ Malley from Achill Sea Salt says she is thrilled to have achieved the PDO status: “It’s been a long process and we wish to thank the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for their assistance throughout.

Sea salt harvesting.

“To have our product recognised for its provenance and quality is a great boost for Achill Sea Salt and for Achill Island too,” adds Meabh.

Achill Island Sea Salt holds a high mineral content due to Achill’s pristine waters, which create the perfect conditions for sea salt flakes.

The O' Malley family, owners of Achill Island Sea Salt.

There are no additives or preservatives in the production of the sea salt and the production process allows for the retention of over 20 trace elements that are naturally present in the seawater.

Growing demand

Achill Island Sea Salt has gained global recognition for being completely natural with its distinctive taste and texture.

The O’ Malley family began producing sea salt in their family kitchen and due to the growing demand, moved to a custom-modified facility in Bunacurry, Achill Island, in September 2016.

Their aim is to create great-tasting, pure and natural Irish sea salt using sustainable production methods to provide viable industry on Achill Island.

Achill Island Sea Salt is available online at and in most artisan stores in Ireland.

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