Digital School of Food

Digital School of Food

Digital School of FoodThe Digital School of Food is a free to use learning hub that has been designed to support food manufacturing businesses from start-up to the growth phase. It is comprised of online training materials that offer support and expert guidance local food producers to develop their skills and competencies in food business. It aims to boost the number of Irish food start-ups, by giving entrepreneurs expert advice and guidance that they can follow from their own homes, offices and kitchens. There are contributions from experts in the field, including trade buyers in SuperValu, Musgraves and Spar, as well as Domini Kemp of Itsa Food Group and food producers who have already gone through the process.

Theme 1: Plan Your Journey *

1.1 Do your research *
1.2 Create your business model *
1.3 Create your brand *
1.4 Mentor tips on doing your research and creating a brand *

Theme 2: Route To Market *

2.1 Identify your sales channel *
2.2 Distribute your product *
2.3 Explore direct selling *
2.4 Mentor tips on where to sell your product *

Theme 3: Think About Finance *

3.1 Get your costing right *
3.2 Have enough funds *
3.3 Think about central billing *
3.4 Mentor tips on product costings and funding *

Theme 4: Grow Your Sales *

4.1 Selling to store owners and chefs
4.2 Understand key account management
4.3 Perfect your negotiation skills
4.4 Mentor tips on meeting store owners, chefs and buyers

Theme 5: Expand Your Business *

5.1 Managing product development
5.2 Scaling your business
5.3 Mentor tips on product development and scaling up your business

Theme 6: Support From Experts *

6.1 Hear from Local Enterprise Office, Bord Bia, The Food Safety Authority and Enterprise Ireland.

The Digital School of Food is an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin Region and supported by: Bord Bia, DIT and Enterprise Ireland

Digital School of Food