Call for Galway’s small food businesses to join the Food Academy

A new training programme to provide start up assistance to small food businesses has been launched in Galway.

Food Academy Start is a programme aimed at supporting and nurturing start up food producers.

Bord Bia, SuperValu and the Local Enterprise Office,Galway, have joined forces on this initiative to provide a consistent level of food processing and marketing knowledge to new and early-stage food business owners. The programme will roll out from early June.

Breda Fox, head of the Galway Local Enterprise Office, says the programme will be delivered through workshop style training.

“ Supported by SuperValu in providing retail expertise and information on getting a route to market, it is designed to guide producers from start-up and first market stall to their first appearance on shop shelves.”

The intensive three-day workshops will provide start up food producers with business supports including consumer insight, technical advice on products, how to plan production and orders correctly, commercial advice and marketing development. It includes an opportunity for participants to pitch their product or idea to their local SuperValu, with a view to securing an initial local listing and the potential to build from there. Follow up supports will be exclusively designed by Bord Bia under the Food Academy banner to ensure the continued development of the companies.

For more information or to register interest and apply for the Food Academy Start, or any of the training workshops, contact the Local Enterprise Office Galway, Woodquay Court, Woodquay, Galway. Telephone 091-565 269, or email: [email protected] galwayenterprise.ie

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