Kerry producers stocked on SuperValu shelves

Back row - Thomas Foley, Pyro desserts; Conor Hyde, Bullseye Food Consultancy; Jim Garvey, SuperValu; Michael Killoury, Musgraves; Mary Kate Mageean, SuperValu; Victor Sheahan, Kerry Local Enterprise Office; Ollie Diggin, Ardfert Dairy Front row – Nicola Lynch, Zenergy; Paul Walker, Blair Farm Charcuterie; Eibhlis Diggin, Ardfert Dairy; Orla Walsh, chocolate biscuit cake.

Five local food and drink products have secured a place on SuperValu shelves through the Food Academy programme.

Ollie Diggin’s Ardfert Dairy, Paul Walker’s Blair Farm Charcuterie, Nicola Lynch’s Zenergy, Thomas Foley’s Pyro desserts and Orla Walsh’s chocolate biscuit cake will all be sold in stores.

The local producers were supported by Kerry Local Enterprise Office through the Food Academy programme which began last March.

The training and mentoring programme is run by the Local Enterprise Offices jointly with Bord Bia and SuperValu.

For the next 10-weeks, the innovative Kerry food companies will be available in key Kerry SuperValu stores – marking a milestone for the start-ups.

The programme nurtures new companies in the food and drink sector.

It focuses on business development, food safety, responding to market trends, distribution and driving sales.

Tomás Hayes from Kerry Local Enterprise Office by supporting food and drink start-ups through the programme, even more local companies make important business breakthroughs.

Mr Hayes also says over the five years of the programme, emerging companies have supported job creation in the county.