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Regional Food Academy Programme 2019

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The Food Academy Start Programme

The Food Academy Start Programme is designed for people who are looking to develop and grow small-scale food and drink production businesses. The programme is delivered through workshop style training and one-to-one mentoring sessions and is supported by SuperValu. It is aimed at those in the early stages of developing their  food or drink business.

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. 

How much does it cost?

The Academy costs €200 and is inclusive of all course materials, training and mentoring.

If you are pre-approved you will receive a link to make your payment online.

Start Dates:

17th October 2019


Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

Further Information:

Supervalu perspective of The Food Academy Further Information

Application Form

Food Academy application Form 2019.docx (size 902.2 KB)

Please return completed application forms to :