Food Starter Programme

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Regional Training Programme

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Louth, in collaboration with Local Enterprise Offices in Cavan, Meath and Monaghan,  invites participants to take part in its upcoming regional Food Starter programme, a short two-day programme designed to help those with a food or drinks idea, or those at an early stage of starting up a food business (first 24 months). This programme is unsuitable for those planning to open a cafe, restaurant or foodservice operation and is instead intended for those considering the production of a food or drinks product.

The programme has been developed as a collaboration between Local Enterprise Offices and Bord Bia. The programme offers all participants the best start for your food or drinks business and is a prerequisite for future participants considering the Food Academy programme.

Further information on this will be released September 2020.

Please email for further details.

A typical Two Day Programme Outline

Day One

Day one will focus on providing participants with an overview of the dynamics of the food sector in Ireland and getting objectives for your project clear in your mind. Content will include:

  • Feedback on your product idea from the workshop facilitator
  • Understanding how to conduct market research for your food business and how to complete a food business feasibility study.
  • Interpreting Irish food market trends and drivers.
  • Food Safety overview
  • Selecting the right channel to market for your product.


Day Two

This workshop will focus on getting the critical business elements right and include:

  • Costing and Managing Finance
  • State agency supports and funding
  • Distribution and logistics
  • Identifying a unique positioning of the product
  • Understanding branding and communicating the key brand messages
  • Supports available for your food journey and where to next