“Best eCommerce Retail Website” at this years’ Irish Web Awards
The Realex Payments Web Awards 2015 held on Thursday the 15th of October in Dublin’s RDS celebrated the best of Irish website design and development as a national competition. With over 600 websites nominated in 29 categories, 28 of the top websites won awards.
At ardkeen.com, we are delighted to announce that we were one of the winners!
We’ve been 48years assembling the world's best selection of Irish artisan food here at Ardkeen. Thankfully our existing customers know all about our range and offer but we wanted to develop an eCommerce offering that would bring our specialist Irish artisan foods to a far wider audience. When we went looking nationwide for the expertise we needed, we found it on our doorstep!
Waterford-based digital agency Emagine have been fantastic. They applied their creative design skills and technical expertise to bring the project from a concept to the commercial reality it is today. ‘Best eCommerce Retail Website’ within just six months of launching ardkeen.com is a fantastic testament to the successful collaboration between Ardkeen Quality Food Store and Emagine.
We launched ardkeen.com at the end of May 2015 with a growing list of over 700 Irish artisan food products available for purchase and home delivery. Since then, we have added more products, more recipes and more stories and have served a growing list of new online customers throughout Ireland and within the UK.
A second Emagine client and supplier of Ardkeen Quality Food Store, The Little Milk Company, was named "Most Beautiful Website in Ireland” on the night while satirical website Waterford Whispers News won the Best Daily Web Only Publication award. It was a big night for Waterford!
When we started working with Emagine on the website, we knew that we wanted to showcase the wonderful range of products we are well known for. We also wanted to highlight the producers behind those products - our Food Heroes. We think we have achieved that with our selection of products from long established Irish Artisan brands such as Gubbeen, Durrus, Sheridans, Glenilen and Burren Smokehouse as well as the newer brands such as Ciara's Pantry, Tastefully Yours, Mr Jeffares and Badger & Dodo. As well as our flagship Irish producers, we are very proud of the speciality and harder-to-find products we stock in the store such as stuffed squid, organic fairtrade molasses, bacon jam, sushi ginger and vanilla beans, to name a few.
We also wanted the website to be informative - hence ingredients listings on our products, a growing library of recipes and a blog which we hope will give you a sense of life here at Ardkeen.
So, thank you for joining us on this new journey for Ardkeen Quality Food Store. We look forward to continuing to serve you in the award-winning way you expect from us - with an online twist.