Cork and Kerry food start-ups to create 65 new jobs
Thirty Munster-based food start-ups are to create 65 new jobs as a result of taking part in the Food Academy programme, which is a collaboration between Bord Bia, SuperValu, Local Enterprise Offices and County Councils in Cork and Kerry.
The Cork and Kerry food producers involved in the Food Academy are expected to generate total sales of €1.2m in 2015.
The announcement was made today at the Cork and Kerry Food Forum which was attended by over 400 food industry representatives and over 5,000 people at the public market on Sunday.
Martin Kelleher, SuperValu managing director, said: “By matching SuperValu stores with start-up food business in their area, the Food Academy programme is providing a real boost for local economies throughout Ireland.”
As SuperValu stores are independently owned and operated, SuperValu retailers are able to source directly from local suppliers on a one-to-one basis, enabling these start-up food businesses to gain their first retail listings in stores in their community.
SuperValu is also working with these producers to get their products listed in a cluster of nearby stores in order to set them on a long term path of sustainable growth.
Among the Food Academy participants creating jobs are Jimmy Allen’s DeRoiste, which produces black and white puddings in Ballyvourney and has taken on five new staff members and Walter Ryan from Loughbeg Farm in Schull, who will hire seven new staff members this year.
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