When Laura and Tom Sinnott got a call from their quality manager at Wexford Preserves while on holidays during the summer, they thought something must have gone awry. “She said: ‘Are you sitting down?’ recalls Laura. “And I was like: ‘God, what’s after going wrong now?’ Because every time we go on holidays, a machine breaks down!”

But the news could not have been any better. The “Simply Better” blackcurrant preserve they make for Dunnes Stores had just won a coveted three-star Great Taste award: one of only 141 products to do so out of the 10,000 entered in the competition.