The Food Academy Start Programme

Programme Outline

The Food Academy training programme is a 5-month programme for those looking to develop and grow s small-scale food and drink production business.

The programme consists of 8 modules; The Market & Market Analysis; The Consumer; The Proposition; The Product; Pricing; Marketing; Prepare to Meet the Buyer; Meet the Buyer.  Most modules are run over 1/2 day sessions.

In addition to this mentoring is a significant aspect of the programme with 3 one to one mentoring sessions being phased throughout the modules, to ensure the programme learnings are applied directly to the client business.

The Food Academy is an initiative developed through collaboration between the Local Enterprise Office, Bord Bia and Super Valu.

The Cost

There is a fee of €150 for participation in this course.  As you progress through the course, there may be need for your business to consider investing in branding, labelling, shelflife testing and marketing materials, as is required of any business to get a retail listing.  This additional investment is at the discretion of each business, LEO Waterford will consider the support of this investment on a case by case basis.