Food Supports

There are many supports available to new and existing food producers including funding for eligible businesses, mentoring, networking, management development training and promotional opportunities. In addition, there are four programmes that are specifically designed to support businesses in the food sector, as set out below:

Food Starter 

Food Starter

The Food Starter programme is a four half-day online programme designed to help those with a food idea, or those at a very early stage of starting up a food business. It will cover everything from an overview of the Irish food sector to the specifics of starting a food production business. To find out more, contact your Local Enterprise Office for details of the next programme.


Food Academy

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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 supported by Bord Bia and Supervalu and involves a live product trial on shelf in Supervalu shops. It is aimed at those in the early stages of development, and it is delivered through a mix of 6 workshops and one-to-one mentoring. To find out more, contact your Local Enterprise Office for details of the next programme. Applicants to Food Academy are required to firstly completed the Food Starter Programme prior to admittance.

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Dublin Food Chain

Dublin Food Chain

The Dublin Food Chain is a marketing and networking forum that represents many of the outstanding food and drink producers, retailer, & distributors that are based throughout Dublin City and County. It helps its members grow their food sector business through new sales contacts, networking, training, and agency support.  To find out more and join the network for free, check out the website.

Digital School of Food


Digital School of Food is an e-learning hub that has been designed to support food producers in developing their food manufacturing businesses from start-up to the growth phase. It is an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices Dublin region. It is designed to allow producers to upskill in their own time and, at a pace which suits them. To find out more and get started, head to the website.