Barry Group, one of Ireland’s leading wholesale distribution companies, has won the prestigious Stonehouse ‘White Hat’ Award for 2012. The Mallow-based company also holds the overall Stonehouse Gold Standard Award for Excellence. ‘White Hat’ is an exclusive food service sector label developed four years ago by Stonehouse to offer value and excellence to the industry. Since its incep-tion, the ‘White Hat’ brand has continued to develop from strength to strength with the annual award presented to the company which demonstrates best performance across the ‘White Hat’ portfolio throughout the year. On receiving this year’s Stonehouse ‘White Hat’ Award, Jim Barry, Man-aging Director, Barry Group said: “This award is hugely significant for us as it recognises the massive effort the entire Barry Group team puts into maintaining the very highest standards in the food service industry. It’s fantastic to see all the hard work coming to fruition and the best accolade of all is undoubtedly to be recognised by our peers within the industry.” Barry Group is one of Ireland’s leading wholesale distri-bution companies. Estab-lished in 1955 by James A. Barry, the company employs 230 people at its headquarters in Upper Quartertown, Mallow, Co. Cork.