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.
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.
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.
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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’.
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.
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:
- 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...