Big News for the Food Academy


The Kerry County Council Local Enterprise Office together with Bórd Bia and  SuperValu are delighted with the success of the Food Academy Programme in Kerry.

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Pictured here: Jim Garvey, The Garvey Group; Fiona Leahy LEO Kerry; Kevin O'Connor, Garvey's SuperValu Dingle.

The aim of this programme is to provide food businesses with the management, leadership skills and business knowledge to achieve sustainability and growth in their business.

To-date the Food Academy has proven to be a ‘win-win’ for passionate food entrepreneurs with 250 small Irish food producers having secured deals with SuperValu through the Food Academy programme. The opportunity to have their products stocked in SuperValu stores marks a vital first step on a food startup’s path to success and it’s clear that the only way is up, as Food Academy companies hit an impressive €13million in sales in 2015, far ahead of targets.

Irish Bio Salt

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Irish Bio Salt is no ordinary salt. It's better for your heart and better for your life.

Dingle Sushi

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Dingle Sushi is hand-made sushi, using high-quality, locally sourced products.


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Sweetgrass is grown, processed, frozen and packaged for ease of use in shots and smoothies.

The Food Academy programme runs over 6 months and is delivered by industry experts who will help owners/managers of local food businesses to improve and develop their product range and to effectively address their business challenges through mentoring. Food producers will gain a greater understanding of Business Management and Development, Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage, Marketing, Legislation for Food Businesses, Food Equipment and Manufacturing, Sales and Distribution, while acquiring knowledge on how to develop their business in a structured and logical manner appropriate to their business needs. The participants develop and grow their business before presenting to programme partners Supervalu for hope of hitting the supermarket shelves.

O' Sullivans Bakery

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O' Sullivans Bakery have a wide range of products to suit all family members, from sliced pan to healthy spelt breads and low GI breads.

Wellness Baking Listowel

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Wellness Bakery Listowel produce many low sugar and gluten free products such as Brown soda Bread and Coconut & Pumpkin Bake.


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Blastóga produce Dhal Bakes, a savoury baked product made with completely natural vegetarian gluten free ingredients.

Eamon Howell, SuperValu Trading Director said “As the number one supporter of the Irish food industry, we are delighted to be involved in the Food Academy programme. We are now in our third year of the programme and already we have grown sales to €13million.  These impressive sales reflect the real quality of the programme in terms of what it delivers to participants and customer’s positive response to this diverse range. We are always looking for quality and innovative products and this programme certainly delivers to that agenda with its mentoring and development of the entrepreneurial participants.“

“The manufacture of food and drink products is one of Ireland’s most important industries, and the Food Academy Programme offers enormous support to our local food producers here in Kerry. It provides a platform for producers to not only grow and develop skills to drive their business forward but it also provides huge opportunities to develop a working relationship with Supervalu and Bórd Bia.” – Tomás Hayes, Head of Local Enterprise, LEO Kerry.

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