Two hundred small food producers secure listings with SuperValu through Food Academy

At the Food Academy Conference at Royal Hospital Kilmainham today are (l-r) Aidan Cotter CEO Bord Bia, Martin Kelleher MD SuperValu, Vincent Reynolds, Chairperson of the LEO Network and Supplier Rachel Nolan, Nobó
At the Food Academy Conference at Royal Hospital Kilmainham today are (l-r) Aidan Cotter CEO Bord Bia, Martin Kelleher MD SuperValu, Vincent Reynolds, Chairperson of the LEO Network and Supplier Rachel Nolan, Nobó

Minister Coveney announced that 30 high performing small food companies will graduate to Food Academy Advance



Read More:

20 November 2014 | 0

Share this post:



It has been announced that 200 small food producers will secure retail listings worth €10 million with SuperValu, through the Food Academy programme in 2015. Food Academy is a joint initiative between Bord Bia, the Local Enterprise Office Network and SuperValu to support small food companies in Ireland.

In attendance at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainhan, Dublin was Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney. He announced that of the total Food Academy programme participants, 30 high performing small food companies will graduate to Food Academy Advance, the next stage of the programme. Food Academy Advance provides these companies with access to expertise in branding, market research, business development and distribution, to allow them to scale up and secure national listings with SuperValu.

Speaking at conference Minister Coveney said: “Food Harvest 2020 has identified the long term potential of the Irish agri-food industry to support ‘smart, green growth’. Ireland’s artisan food producers are making a valued contribution to this growth. Structured support from Bord Bia and Local Enterprise Offices, in partnership with SuperValu, will ensure that high potential food entrepreneurs can scale their businesses in a sustainable manner, creating jobs and furthering Ireland’s credentials as a food leader both nationally and internationally.”

The likes of Cully&Sully and Glenilen are brands that came to prominence through similar programmes, according to Martin Kelleher, MD SuperValu. He said: “We are delighted to be able to work hand in hand with budding artisan food producers, providing them with the opportunity to trial their products in local SuperValu stores initially and then grow their partnership with us as they scale their business and supply more SuperValu stores, creating local jobs in the process. As SuperValu stores are independently owned and operated, our retailers are perfectly placed to support suppliers in scaling their business at a sustainable pace. At the same time, it allows our retailers to provide customers with a tailored local offer, stocking products which you cannot buy in other supermarkets

The 30 Food Academy Advance participants are:

·         Atlantis Seafoods Ltd, Wexford – Chilled seafood

·         Beechlawn Organic Farm, Co. Galway – Organic vegetables

·         BiteSize Ltd, Co. Cork – Frozen desserts

·         Boutique Bake, Dublin – Cake mix

·         Cool Bean Company, Dublin – Chilled ready meals

·         DeRoiste Puddings, Co. Cork – Breakfast puddings

·         Everest Granola Products, Dublin – Granola

·         Honest Bakery, Co. Roscommon – Gluten free cakes

·         Improper Butter, Dublin – Flavoured butter

·         Janet’s Country Fayre, Co. Wicklow – Italian Sauces

·         Lily’s Tea Shop, Co. Louth – Green tea

·         Maria Lucia Bakes, Dublin – Granola

·         Morans Homestore, Co. Cavan –     Jam preserves

·         Nobo Ltd, Dublin – Dairy free ice cream

·         Old Mac Donnells Farm Ltd, Co. Wicklow – Yoghurts & speciality cheeses

·         O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon, Co. Wexford – Bacon

·         Patels  Authentic Spices, Dublin

·         Rafferty’s Fine Foods, Louth – Flavoured sea flakes

·         Jennings Potato Bread, Cavan –      Potato bread

·         Sushi King, Dublin – Sushi

·         Tea & Coffee Warehouse Ltd, Co. Waterford – Coffee

·         The Cake and Crumb, Co. Monaghan –       Cake mix

·         The Farmers Table, Co. Cork – Frozen potato meals

·         The Happy Pear Living Foods, Co. Wicklow – Pesto & organic superfoods

·         The Tipperary Kitchen Ltd, Co. Tipperary – Bakery treats

·         Trudies Catering Kitchen Ltd, Co. Wexford – Salads

·         Uncle Aidan’s Flour, Co. Wexford – Wholemeal flour

·         Wild about Foods, Co. Wexford – Pesto & wild seasonal artisan foods

·         Fastnet Catch, Co. Cork – Gluten Free Battered and Breaded Fish

·         Wicklow Rapeseed Oil Ltd, Co. Wicklow – Rapeseed Oil



Share this post:

Read More:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top ↑