New sustainable facility in Cork for Folláin

Husband and wife team Máirín and Peadar O’Lionaird

Family-run Folláin Traditional Irish Preserves has ambitious plans for their West Cork operation



5 June 2015

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Good news comes out of Ballyvourney, West Cork this week with the announcement of a new manufacturing facility for Folláin Traditional Irish Preserves. Folláin, owned and run by husband-and-wife team Máirín and Peadar O’Lionaird will open its brand new, energy efficient facility in August this year, doubling staff from 20 to 40 and allowing the company to add more specialised products and lines.

Established in 1983, Folláin produces marmalades, jams, relishes and chutneys using fresh, premium ingredients and what the O’Lionairds call “a philosophy of wholesomeness.

“Preserving food traditions and passing them from one generation to the next is at the core of our ethos,” says Máirín, “so it’s a thrill for us to be able to expand our business like this.”

As well as the ambitious new production lines, Máirín and Peadar have further plans to expand Folláin Traditional Irish Preserves to include a public coffee shop where they can trial new products, and a visitors’ centre at which people can observe the production process and even interact with it. All of the expansion plans have been developed with sustainable energy in mind.

“Our ability to be able to expand is a direct result of the environment in which we operate,” says Máirín. “Ireland has become a world class leader in terms of its quality of food and as a result, it has allowed companies like ours to thrive. Consumers expect more from their products, and they expect to know the origin and source. We welcome more transparency, and encourage all Irish consumers to ask for nothing but the best Irish produced food.”

Folláin products are available from Tesco, SuperValu, Dunnes Stores, independent outlets and fine food shops nationwide.




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