Food Academy Programme 2020/2021

The Food Academy 2020/2021 Programme is open for applications. 

Food Academy is a training programme aimed at supporting and nurturing early stage food businesses. The Local Enterprise Offices have joined forces with BordBía and SuperValu on this initiative to provide a consistent level of food marketing knowledge to early-stage food business owners.

At the final workshop, participants will get the opportunity to present their product to a panel from SuperValu and if successful, can participate in a trial based in local shops, which in the right circumstances, could progress over time to a national listing with SuperValu. There is no guarantee of your product being listed as part of the programme. However, the majority of products do proceed to trial with Supervalu.


Programme Objectives

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of the tools which can be used to assess market gaps for your product
  • Understand core technical issues facing your food or drink business
  • Learn how to grow sales for your product range through better branding and packaging design
  • Gain all of the tools and knowledge necessary to launch and build a successful food business in Ireland


Who can participate?

The Food Academy is aimed at those in the early to mid-stages of developing a food or drink business. Selection criteria will apply. 


The closing date for the next round of the Food Academy programme is 26th June.

Download application form here: New Food Academy Application Form.docx (size 905.9 KB)


Applications are to be submitted directly to