The Midlands Artisan Food & Drinks Producers Programme

The Midlands Artisan Food & Drinks Producers

Programme Aims:

“Food & Drink– A Post COVID-19 Vision” aims to strengthen the capacity of small food and drinks producers within four counties in the Midlands region, Laois, Longford, Offaly, and Westmeath develop new products, increase efficiencies and explore new customer bases at home and abroad.  


The programme will be offered to five businesses from each of the four participating counties. It is expected that the businesses taking part will be amongst the strongest and most innovative artisan producers in their counties.  

Programme Themes:

Five complimentary themes have been identified for this programme:

  • Food & Drink Production - An Approach For 2021 & Beyond
  • Exporting to Overseas Markets in The Brexit /COVID-19 Environment
  • Production, Innovation & Design Within the Food & Drink Sector
  • Increasing Competitiveness Through A Lean Approach
  • Food & Drinks Producers in The Digital Age

Time Commitment:

Participants will receive group training and individual one-to-one mentoring in each of these topics from the experts who have been assembled to deliver this programme. Each business will take part in the equivalent of 10 training sessions and 13 individual mentoring sessions over a 10 month period. The programme will be a blend of classroom and online based training throughout the year. Participants will be expected to commit to fully involving themselves in the programme.  


You will be supported to grow your business in a sustainable manner over the coming years by focusing on new issues that offer real opportunities to food and drinks producers.

Programme Cost:

The programme offers training & mentoring to the value of €7,400 per business. With the current economic environment due to COVID-19 this will be €100 for participants. Open to established businesses trading more than 18 months. Please note Expression of Interest form must be completed by 3pm on the 24th September 2020

Expression of Interest:

More Information available here: Food & Drink– A Post COVID-19 Vision.pdf (size 772.5 KB)