An Irish organic farm-based company has won a prestigious European Commission award.

The Merry Mill, based in Vicarstown, Co Laois, produces gluten-free organic oats and food products and was today selected as the best organics food processing small to medium sized enterprise in the EU Organic Awards.

The company was set up by farmer and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Scully in 2015 and is family run.

On their farm they grow, harvest, mill and package their gluten free organic products for sale in Ireland and around the world.

The Merry Mill is one of eight winners in this years EU Organic Awards.

Other winners included organic farmers in Spain and Greece, an organic restaurant in Austria, and organic retailer in Germany.

The EU Organic Awards, organised by the EU institutions, are designed to showcase and recognise entrepreneurial organic farmers and enterprises across Europe.

Gillian Westbrook, Irish Organic Association CEO, said: "It is fantastic to see an Irish organic business like the Merry Mill winning such a prestigious EU Organic Award.

"Over the last number of years Kevin and his family, members of the Irish Organic Association, have worked hard to produce and develop a range of organic oat products from gluten-free porridge to flour sold nationally and internationally.

"The award also helps to strengthen the reputation of quality Irish organic products at a time when brand Ireland needs to increase and strengthen organic market offerings both at home and abroad."