Food Academy Advance: 24 Small Producers Graduate

Representatives of the 24 companies to graduate from the Food Academy Advance initiative
Representatives of the 24 companies to graduate from the Food Academy Advance initiative

SuperValu and Bord Bia's Food Academy has yielded its latest successful graduates



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27 November 2015

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Food Academy, the joint programme supported by Bord Bia, the Local Enterprise Network and SuperValu, has seen its latest round of success as 24 small food producers graduated through it.

According to SuperValu, €5.3m in retail sales has been generated through the participation of these brands, helping to support 216 jobs.

Since 2014, the Food Academy programme has worked with hundreds of small food producers to help them grow and secure a trial at their local SuperValu stores. The 24 recent graduates have seen considerable growth through this process, the company says, and continue now with the potential to grow their business even further.

The full list of recent graduates of the Food Academy Advance programme:

  1. Atlantis Seafoods
  2. Beechlawn Organic Farm
  3. Boutique Bake
  4. Coffee House Lane
  5. Cool Bean Company
  6. DeRoiste Puddings
  7. Everest Granola Products
  8. Improper Butter
  9. Janet’s Just Delicious
  10. Lily’s Tea Shop
  11. Maria Lucia Bakes
  12. Moran’s
  13. Nobo
  14. O’Neill’s Dry Cure Bacon Co.
  15. Patel’s
  16. Raffery’s Fine Foods
  17. Sushi King
  18. The Farmer’s Table
  19. The Happy Pear Living Foods
  20. The Tipperary Kitchen
  21. Trudies Catering Kitchen
  22. Uncle Aidan’s Flour
  23. Wicklow Rapeseed Oil
  24. Wild About Food

“These graduates are a real endorsement to the Food Academy programme,” says Martin Kelleher, managing director of SuperValu, “which allows us to bring community based startups to market and provide the the opportunity to grow.

“This in turn provides employment for them, for members of the community and more,” Kelleher added. “It’s great to nurture the energy and passion of these entreprenurial producers and harness this innto producing a range of products that we are proud to stock on our shelves.”




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