A survey by the Local Enterprise Offices shows that 46 small food and drink producers in the Dublin region, who are members of the Food Academy Programme and who employ 140 people, have made the break-through into the retail market. These businesses expect to create a further 58 jobs over the next 12 months, bringing the total number of jobs supported to 198 across Dublin.
The Food Academy is an initiative which is run over a series of workshops to nurture new start-ups in the food and drink sector. The programme focuses on areas such as business planning, understanding consumer trends and raising finance.
An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Cormac Devlin encourages more ‘early-stage’ food and drink producers to apply for the programme through The Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Cllr Cormac Devlin said:
We are delighted with the success of the Food Academy Programme in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown to date. By equipping owners and managers of local food businesses with industry knowledge and skills, they are enhancing their business opportunities. The goal of the Food Academy programme is to help more food producers to start selling through supermarkets, as well as through farmers’ markets and to provide them with the supports, information and advice to scale up and achieve this retail break-through.
Through the Food Academy Programme, participants are supported by The Local Enterprise Office Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Bord Bia and Supervalu. LEO DLR provides support through measures such as financial assistance, mentoring and on-line trading supports. Bord Bia supply a combination of commercial and marketing insight through expert advice in branding, market research, distribution and business development. As well as this Participants will receive one to one mentoring from Supervalu and a chance to pitch to them for a space on their shelves to trial their products in store. According to SuperValu, consumers in Ireland are expected to spend €25 million on Food Academy products in their stores in 2016.
The Food Academy Start programme is delivered through the Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities and details of the next programme in LEO DLR are available through www.localenterprise.ie/DLR/
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