Ten Top Producers Graduate from the Food Service Academy

SUSTAINABLY grown seaweed, whiskey flavoured popcorn and raw, vegan snacks are just some of the ten innovative products that today graduated from this year’s FoodService Academy.

Run by Bord Bia and Musgrave MarketPlace, the programme aims to help food businesses grow sales within Musgrave MarketPlace’s foodservice business, supplying over 6,000 customers each week ranging from hotels and restaurants to pubs and nursing homes.

FoodService Academy took place over four months and comprised of both workshops and mentoring to help the companies understand areas such as supplier set-up, food safety requirements and distribution models as well as sales and marketing support.

Bord Bia believes that food businesses should increasingly look to the foodservice sector, worth some €7.5 billion, as a viable route to market. Pictured at the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event, the culmination of the programme, in Cork were Mungo Murphy Seafood; Lillys Tea Shop; Wildberry Bakery; Coffee House Lane; Tipperary Kitchen; MSC Ventures; Fresh Soup Company; Natasha’s Living food; Wicklow Rapeseed Oils; Maureen Gahan, Bord Bia; Clarafields; Popsy Daisy; Deirdre Moriarty, Musgrave Marketplace; Rosie & Jim; Rebel Chilli and Nutmost.

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