Cork and Kerry food start-ups to create 65 jobs following SuperValu listings

Martin Kelleher, managing director, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland has described the Fonthill expansion as 'a major milestone'
Martin Kelleher, managing director, SuperValu

Minister Simon Coveney praises Food Academy initiative for “helping start-ups to bring their innovative ideas to market stage”



29 June 2015

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Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Simon Coveney announced 65 new jobs this morning at the Cork and Kerry Food Forum which took place at Cork City Hall over the weekend.

The 65 jobs are being created in food business start-ups as a result of the Food Academy, a collaboration between Bord Bia, SuperValu, Local Enterprise Offices of Cork and Kerry, Cork and Kerry County Council and Cork City County. The Cork and Kerry food producers who participated in Food Academy will generate sales worth €1.2 million in 2015.

The announcement was made at the trade conference which was attended by over 400 food industry representatives and buyers and welcomed over 5,000 people to the public market on Sunday.

Speaking at the event, Martin Kelleher, SuperValu managing director described the news as “a real endorsement to the Food Academy initiative”.

The 65 new jobs are being created at food businesses such as Jimmy Allen’s company, DeRoiste. Producing black and white puddings in the heart of the gaeltacht in Ballyvourney, the business has taken on five new staff members. Maurice Gilbert and Donogh Raftery from Ballyhoura Apple Farm in Mallow have also taken on two new staff members already. Meanwhile, Walter Ryan from Loughbeg Farm in Schull will hire seven new staff members this year alone as a result of the Food Academy programme.



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