Food Starter Programme

Food Starter Programme

This two-day programme is designed to help those with a food idea, or those at a very early stage of starting up a food business typically the first 24 months.

The programme in run in conjunction with Bord Bia - Irish Food Board to help emerging food entrepreneurs bring their idea or product to life and covers product research, identifying gaps and opportunities in the food market, branding and brand building, production costs and distribution.

This programme will run on Wednesday the 9th and Wednesday the 23rd of February.  Online programme from 9.30am to 4.30pm on both days.

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The Food Starter programme is aimed at people thinking of starting their own food business or in the early stages of start-up and includes people who are hoping to progress their food hobby into a full time sustainable business.

On successful completion of the programme participants should have a sound knowledge of the rudiments of food business start-up, and be in a position to go about their start-up in an effective way. The programme will allow them to fully understand the legal requirements and consider the costs associated with setting up a food business.

The aim of this programme is to provide participants with the knowledge of what is involved in setting up a food business.

To include:

  • Understanding what is artisan food production
  • Identifying what are the pitfalls associated with starting your own food business
  • Minimum requirements, e.g., food safety, labelling requirements, insurance, etc.
  • Packaging and branding
  • How to build your pricing model
  • Supports and assistance available


Food Academy is a development programme giving Irish food and drink producers a big chance. Through workshops, mentoring and the opportunity to pitch to SuperValu store owners this is a unique opportunity to see your product on the shelf of one of Ireland’s leading retailers. Bord Bia, SuperValu and the Local Enterprise Office collaborate to ensure you have every opportunity to grow your business.