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A Guide To Setting Up A Food Business


The Kerry County Enterprise Board has a long association wit h the small food producers in Kerry and welcomes the range of initiatives currently underway.

We are pleased to welcome the publication of 'A Guide to setting up a Food Business' in County Kerry is association with 'Taste Kerry', the Kingdom's Food Network. The preparation of this guide is a direct consequence of the level of enquiries from early stage producers.

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  • Welcome to the county’s showcase
    for artisan food producers

    Taste Kerry is a marketing group for the artisan food and drink producers of Co. Kerry and with our ’Taste Kerry’ brand we invite you to share and sample the delights of our produce.

    By opening a virtual door to our kitchens, farms, dairies and work places we invite you and many others who want to eat and drink high quality, locally produced foods to share and savour the many different Tastes of Kerry.

    Particularly if you buy, retail or wholesale high quality food - we invite you to visit our Trade section. If you are a keen food lover who wishes to source Kerry-made food locally, we have lists of stockists and markets where you can purchase our produce. If you too are an artisan food producer, we would love to welcome more members to our growing and dynamic food network.

  • Blessed By Nature

    County Kerry boasts some of Ireland’s most magnificent coastline which delivers a daily treasure of fresh fish, seafood and seaweeds. The imposing mountains and deep valleys provide perfect grazing for livestock, thus making Kerry lamb, beef, pork and venison some of the finest in Ireland. The lush and organic pastures throughout the high and lowlands of the county ensure our vegetable and dairy produce is second to none and our bogs and forests provide the perfect smoking flavours for our famous smokehouses.

    Blessed With People

    Add to all the above, the talented hands, creative minds and skills of the many artisan food producers who produce breads, confectionary, honey, jams and jellies, heavenly chocolates and a wealth of other exquisite foods you really must try - so read on while we invite you to a unique gustatory experience that is ’Taste Kerry’.

  • Kingdom Food Network

    The Kingdom Food Network is dedicated to cooperation within the food industry to increase the recognition and sale of quality food from around County Kerry. The network also promotes quality food produced within the county.

    Late in 2010 a number of enthusiastic food producers came together to develop the ’Taste Kerry’ brand along with this website. The network continues to grow (and warmly welcomes new members) with members already benefiting from the group training initiatives, group marketing activities and other projects all designed to equip and prepare members to achieve increased recognition of their produce.

    The network welcomes members from all aspects of the food production and supply sectors who are enthusiastic and dedicated to the promotion of Kerry’s artisan foods.

  • Join The Kingdom Food Network

    If you produce distinctive, local, speciality food or food ingredients and are interested in maximising your promotional reach, then we recommend joining the Kingdom Food Network. The network was set up by food producers and is run by food producers, with all members signing up to a Code of Best Practice - drawn up by food producers. This is an ideal platform from which you can develop your growth potential and achieve a better marketing reach under the ’Taste Kerry’ brand.

    By joining the Kingdom Food Network you will:The Kingdom Food Network
    - Find increased sales opportunities through exposure to potential customers.
    - Be able to attend a number of networking opportunities with other food producers.
    - Be included in the Kerry Food Business directory and on the ’Taste Kerry’ website.
    - Benefit from attending tailored training and business development events in Kerry.

    All this for a membership fee of less than €2 per week!

    In its’ first year, the Kingdom Food Network is on track to achieve results far greater than originally anticipated. The ’Taste Kerry’ brand will be represented at key food events in the coming months and a very successful members training initiative is yielding very positive benefits for participants. Join now...

Guy Hulbert of Hulberts Fine Foods won the Pates, Meats and Seafood category with his vegetarian Beetroot, Cashew and Ginger Pate at the Listowel Food Fair 2013 - Best Emerging Artisan Food Product 2013 awards.

LinkedFinance.com, a new Irish company that invests in small/medium sized businesses through 'crowd funding' also known as peer to peer lending. We are a very favourable alternative to the bank for SMEs looking to raise money to expand their businesses.

Manuela Goeb, owner of Utterly Nutty, has won the Bronze category, "Confectionery", and Gold in the category "Specific Dietary Food" as the gluten free for her Florentines at the recent Blas na hEireann, National Food Awards, in Dingle.

Food Photography / Styling Techniques with Creative Media.

NFQ Level 7, Credits 5 for Single Subject Certification

John Paul O'Connor of Sasta Sausages is the IRISH CHAMPION for his multi-award winning white sausage.

The Apprentice Chef sponsored by Lee Strand was launched on Friday, the 7th September, 2012 at the Institute of Technology Tralee. The Overall Winner of The Apprentice Chef will receive €1,000 for their school sponsored by Lee Strand plus a three day internship with Chef Simon Regan at Chapter 40 Restaurant in Killarney; three cookery workshops with Chef Mark Doe at Just Cooking, Firies; three Innerjoy Wellbeing Coaching sessions with Susan Fitzgerald, an Apprentice Chef uniform and kitchen utensils. The seven runners-up will each receive a three hour Cookery Master class at the Institute of Technology Tralee.

Bord Bia, Cork County & City Enterprise Boards, Kerry County Enterprise Board and Cork County Council have joined forces this year to run the highly successful Food Forum event.

This successful event has been running since 2009. The Forum will bring together Cork and Kerry food producers, retailers, buyers, restaurateurs and a wide range of food industry experts.

These National Irish Food Awards celebrate and reward the very best tasting Irish food and drink products, and the passionate, driven producers who make it.

This is the biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, and the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself was created by the Food Sciences Department of UCC.

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