Food Academy Start 2017

A programme for those looking to develop and grow small-scale food & drink production businesses.

Start date for next intake 24th February 2017

Programme Objectives

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of the tools which can be used to assess market background.
  • 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.
  • The Food Academy –LEO's Supporting and Nurturing Start-Up Food Business


  • Understanding Consumers
  • Market Background
  • Research and Data
  • Marketing Strategy & Segmentation
  • Description: Module One will see participants develop an in-depth knowledge of the tools which can be used to assess the market background (target consumers, routes to market) and how to develop an effective marketing strategy for their products.


  • Introduction to Finance
  • Pricing
  • New Product Development
  • Food Safety and Food Labelling
  • Packaging
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Description: Module Two participants will come to understand the core technical issues facing food and drink business. The module will focus on how to run a business correctly and legally to maintain effective management and growth.


  • Branding and Pack Design
  • Routes to Market
  • Buyer Meetings
  • Marketing Plans
  • Promoting with Confidence
  • Public Relations
  • Description: Module Three will look at further elements of the marketing mix. Participants will gain a good understanding of the different elements of the marketing mix and how the use of better packaging and branding will drive profitable sales.

Programme Dates

The programme will consist of four full training days, one day for each module.

Programme Format

Mentoring is a significant aspect of the programme with one mentoring visit taking place after each module, in conjunction with the content delivered during the previous training day.

Who can Participate?

The Food Academy is aimed at those in the early stages of developing their Dublin-based food or drink business. Selection criteria will apply.


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How Much Does it Cost?

The Food Academy costs €200 and is inclusive of all course materials, training and mentoring provided. Please only make a payment when it has been confirmed that you have secured a place on the programme.

To register

Please note that you must first be accepted on this programme before making booking payment. To register complete the Application form below and return to Amanda Mills. 

Download Food Academy Application Form and email to 

For further information or to register contact:

Amanda Mills at or call 01 4149000

Places are limited so please ensure you book early!