Category Archives: Food & Drink Producer Series

Part 16: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

If there’s one thing in Ireland that we should celebrate, it’s the amazing produce that we have.

In a country full of innovators and creators, I believe that it’s so important that we acknowledge the best food and drink producers who are working hard to get by.

Here are five more producers that caught my eye this week:

Irish Wagyu Beef

Beef farmers with a difference! This company imported full-blood Japanese Black Wagyu cattle as this breed is renowned for producing the very best quality beef.

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The cattle are free range, where the calves are allowed to stay with their mothers and are then allowed to grow slowly until 30 months or more. Parcels of beef can be pre-ordered and all of their beef is reared on the family farm in the Ring of Gullion.

Website: http://www.irishkobewagyu.com/


Burren Free Range Pork

Based in Co Clare, Burren Free Range Pork raise Saddleback and Tamworth pigs.

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Happy to root around in extensive fields, these happy piggies have the freedom to be outdoors or inside the hay shed depending on the weather. Completely free from medications of any sort, the company doesn’t overstock and their pigs have access to good, lush grass.

Website: http://www.burrenfreerangepork.com/


Ballybryan Bronze Turkeys

A family-run business, the Lalors are highly experienced in rearing, processing and selling Open-Range Bronze Turkeys.

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They began their business in 1995 with only 50 turkey birds and they now sell over 650 Bronze Turkeys each Christmas.

Website: http://www.ballybryanturkeys.com/


Mr Crumb

Producers of stuffing and handy batches of flavoured breadcrumbs, Mr Crumb has something unique that makes its products stand out. Based in Mullingar, the company was founded in 1996 by Bernard Coyle.

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It has now grown into a multi-million euro company that supplies much more than breadcrumbs and stuffings, including crust toppings and melts, desserts, party foods and speciality foods using top quality ingredients.

Website: http://www.mrcrumb.ie/


 

Naturally Cordial

Naturally Cordial is made from whole fruit to a traditional recipe, then gently pasteurised.

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Made in Co. Wexford, they come in a variety of flavours including Lemon & Raspberry, Lemon & Lime, Orange & Lemon, Wexford Blackcurrant and Pink Grapefruit.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/NaturallyCordial/timeline

(All images via company websites and Facebook pages)

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Part 15: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this continuous series is looking at some of my favourite producers.

Here are five more Irish companies that make the most of what we have to offer:

West Cork Garlic

West Cork Garlic has been grown on land near Ballynacarriga, Enniskeane which has produced great tasting Irish garlic.

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This is because there’s a combination of rich fertile soil near to the Bandon river along with planting premium quality Irish grown seed, as well as reputable imported seed. No wonder it tastes so good.

Website: http://www.westcorkgarlic.com/

Ariosa Coffee

Based in Ashbourne, Ariosa’s goal is to bring the very best single origin speciality coffees from around the world to their costumers, without any compromises.

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Michael Kelly imports and roasts carefully selected coffees from around the globe.

Website: http://www.ariosacoffee.com/2013/

The Snacktastic Food Company

An award-winning homemade artisan snack company using fresh locally sourced quality ingredients.

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According to its creators, the Snacktastic Food Co. “emerged out of pure frustration at the lack of choice in stores for munching, crunching, dipping and snacking”.  They set out on a mission to make the perfect snacks without all the unnecessary stuff.

Website: http://www.snacktastic.ie/

Burkes Farm Ice Cream

Who can resist the creaminess and deliciousness of ice cream? Based in Meath, Burkes are the makers of the finest Jersey Milk Ice Cream and Sorbets.

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Bernie and John Burke have been producing ice cream since 2006 from their herd of Jersey cows and have won many awards for their great quality.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/BurkesFarmIceCream11?fref=ts

Glenbeigh Shellfish

Established in 1994, Glenbeigh Shellfish has been harvesting crops of mussels, oysters and clams to loyal customers for many years.

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Nestled in Dingle Bay, the company also produces a very popular range of prepared mussels with their handmade Herb & Garlic and Cajun butter crumbed.

Website: http://www.glenbeighshellfish.ie/

(All images via company sites)

Part 14: Irish food and drink producers worth getting to know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this continuous series is looking at some of my favourite producers.

Here are five more Irish companies that make the most of what we have to offer:

Folláin Preserves

Not just about jam! Folláin make fresh fruit preserves, marmalades, jams, relishes, salsas and chutneys using 100% natural ingredients.

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The company was born using a 100 year old grapefruit marmalade recipe that had been passed down through family generations and they’re based in the family factory in Ballyvourney, Co Cork.

Website: http://www.follain.ie/

Skeaghanore Duck

These fresh farm ducks are barn reared near Ballydehob, West Cork, overlooking the roaring water bay.

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Their succulent taste comes from being hand reared longer and being fed a 100% natural cereal-based diet this results in the meat having a better flavour and texture.

Website: http://www.skeaghanoreduck.ie/

Roll It Pastry

Based in Kells, Roll It Pastry is ready made and read to cook all-butter pastry that can be easily used for those who’re looking to cut some of the cumbersome work out of baking!

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You can use this pastry for sweet and savoury tarts, pies, puddings and patisserie.

Website: http://rollitpastry.com/

Bo Bristle

Bo Bristle was founded by two brothers-in-law with a dream: to make great brews for people who know their beer.

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These beers are Irish crafted, 100% natural and brewed by hand in small batches.

Website: http://www.bobristle.com/

An Olivia Chocolate

Award-winning Irish chocolates and Blas na hÉireann supreme champion 2013, this chocolate company is based in Mullingar.

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Handmade with love, An Olivia specialises in Belgian chocolate and wedding cakes.

Website: http://www.anoliviachocolate.com/

Part 13: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this ongoing series looks at some of the many things we create here.

Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week:

Oriel Sea Salt

The Oriel Sea Salt Company extracts and harvests sea water to produce an intense tasting Sea Salt alongside a rare blend of Concentrated Deep Sea Minerals of Magnesium and Potassium using the very latest in water harvesting technology.

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Website: https://www.facebook.com/OrielSeaSaltCompany/


Ardahan Lullaby Milk

Ardrahan Lullaby milk is produced on the Ardrahan farm in the Duhallow area of North Cork. It is the only farm in Ireland producing this food product, proven to help stabilize sleeping patterns when consumed on a regular basis.

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It’s a natural product, containing elevated levels of melatonin which help with maintaining healthy sleep and resetting the body clock after long distance flights.

Website: http://www.lullabymilk.com/


Jane Russell’s Original Irish Handmade Sausages

High-meat and low-fat, these “proper” sausages are being snapped-up weekly by and ever-increasing band of loyal customers who can’t get over their taste.

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Being the 5th generation of a prize-winning pork and bacon curing family Jane trawled through her grandfather’s diary of recipes to create her Original Irish sausage.

Website: http://janerussells.ie/


CaorAcla Achill Blackface Lamb

Locally bred on Achill Island, Edward Johnston and John Corrigan have grown up raising Blackface Mountain lamb on their family farms.

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They now supply meat sourced from the farmers they grew up with on the island, supporting a young generation of farmers in the community who have inherited the family sheep farms and holdings. All of the CaorAcla farmers are committed to raising lamb in a traditional, sustainable and ethical manner.

Website: http://www.caoracla.ie/#top


Béal Organic Cheese

Béal Organic Cheese is a Kerry based Company that was founded in 1987 at the family-run Dairy farm located by the mouth of the River Shannon.

Béal Organic Cheese is a registered Organic product and associated with several recognised organisations and societies, including IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers’ and Growers’ Association) , CAIS (Association of Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers) and Good Food Ireland.

Website: http://www.bealorganiccheese.com/blog/index/

(All images via company Facebook/website pages)

Part Twelve: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this ongoing series looks at some of the many things we create here.

Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week:

Mella’s Fudge

Mella began making fudge for a local sweet shop in Bantry when she was in school.

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Gradually her kitchen enterprise grew in scale and now she works from her own unit kitchen in Lisavaird Co-op, outside Clonakilty, West Cork.

Website: http://www.mellasfudge.com/


Goatsbridge Trout Farm

Founded in 1962, they’re one of the few trout farms that produce local products from start to finish; growing their fish through their whole life cycle.

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Their fish live in natural earthen ponds, and they grade all of the trout according to weight and size.

Website: http://goatsbridgetrout.ie/


Fancy Fungi

Fancy Fungi began in 1998 to a profitable enterprise as a hobby! It became a partnership company run by Nikk George and Nickey Dempsey in 2001 and in 2006 it formed a limited company.

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The only specialist in the region of cultivation, development and production of edible, exotic and gourmet mushrooms, they produce on average 700Kg to 1000Kgs of mushrooms per week!

Their products are naturally grown and chemical free and contain no animal by product.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fancy-Fungi/201606299852309?sk=timeline


Tempted? Irish Craft Cider

Davy Uprichard had an idea to set up ‘dj’s juice and cider’ and built a purpose built Cidery at his home outside Lisburn where hestarted pressing apples.

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Founded in 2009, Tempted Irish Craft Cider is made in Northern Ireland from a blend of the finest Co. Armagh apples using traditional farmhouse methods to produce a lightly carbonated pure juice cider.

Website: http://www.temptedcider.com/


De Róiste Puddings

De Roiste Artisan Pudding began in Ballyvourney Co. Cork back in 2008 by Jimmy Allen who also owns a Heating and Plumbing company in the town.

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With the help of his son Declan , they opened the shop with the family recipe been passed down through the generations from Declan’s great grandmother Elsie Roche.

Website: http://deroistepudding.blogspot.ie/

(All images via company website and Facebook pages)

Part Eleven: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this ongoing series looks at some of the many things we create here.

Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week:

Chilly Moo

This brand of frozen yoghurt was created by Clare and Joanna who came up with Chilly Moo out of a passion for eating well without sacrificing an ounce of enjoyment.

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Gluten free, low GI (because of the natural fruit sugars) and less than 3% fat, these tasty yoghurts are currently available in three flavours, including Mixed Berry – YUM!

Website: http://www.chillymoo.ie/


Elda Wild Irish Venison

Elda Wild Irish Venison was established by Jason Conway in 2012, a native of Waterford. All animals are sourced within a 60 mile radius of their unit and have a full traceability system from field to fork.

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Not believing in waste, they try to use as much of the animals as possible, curing the animal hides, using the antlers as handles for walking and shooting sticks, and for the handles of hand made hunting knives. The antlers are also used to make buttons and toggles.

Website: http://www.eldawild.com/


Galway Goat Farm

Producing award-winning goat milk products in North County Galway, this farm started in business in the summer of 2012.

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The fresh pasteurised milk is produced, processed and bottled in Galway, from the farms own mixed herd of Anglo Nubian and Sannen goats.

Bottled in 1 litre glass bottles, the milk is seasonal (March to November) because the goats need a break from their long summer  producing their milk and to produce kids!

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Galway-Goat-Farm/141233599340808


Sprout & Co

Delicious, clean and fresh juices, Sprout & Co, aim to provide customers with the most nutritionally dense cold pressed juices.

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Pure, unprocessed and carefully sourced, their relationship with their vegetable suppliers is of vital importance – giving them the freshest of ingredients.

Website: http://www.sproutfoodco.com/


Kush Organic Seafood

Ireland’s first organic rope mussel producer, Kush Organic Seafood’s food is harvested in the clear, pure waters of Kenmare Bay in Kerry.

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In a Special Area of Conservation (designated under the European Union Habitats Directive) they specialise in the export of shellfish globally with particular focus in Europe.

Website: http://www.kush.ie/

(All images sourced via the companies’ websites and Facebook pages)

Part Ten: Irish food and drink producers worth getting to know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this ongoing series looks at some of the many things we create here.

Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week:

Quinlan’s Seafood and Fish Shops

Founded in 1963, Quinlan’s have four fish shops in Co.Kerry (Killorglin, Caherciveen, Killarney, Tralee) and many time have I hopped in store to grab some seafood.

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This year they won a Gold Medal at Blas Na hEireann Irish Food Awards as well as prepared Dingle Bay Crab Meat. As well as that they also won the Radio Kerry Business of the year award.

Their processing factory is based in Caherciveen, and they also have  two seafood restaurants/takeaways in Killarney and Tralee.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quinlansfish
Website: http://www.kerryfish.com/

Richmount Cordials

Based in Co. Longford,  Richmount Elderflower Cordial is made from freshly picked elderflowers.

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The elderflowers are hand-picked and are infused and blended with sugar and freshly-cut lemons. With loving care, the cordial is then bottled for the general public!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RichmountCordials/timeline
Website: http://www.richmountcordials.ie

Nubie Foods

A fan of good oils, Nubie Foods produces Extra Virgin C.P. Irish Rapeseed oil.

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Based in Stradbally in Co. Laois, their rapeseed is grown and harvested on Blackford Farm. When blended the oil is set aside to mature into rich flavours.

Website: http://www.nubiefoods.com/

Mileens

The big cheese – Handmade by the Steele Family on the Beara peninsula in West Cork, Mileens is a cheese that I insist you try at least once!

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It’s a soft to semi-soft, surface-ripened, cow’s-milk cheese and it captures the Irish countryside, in my opinion, in a cheese.

Website: http://www.milleenscheese.com/

Teeling

Sometimes I still cradle the glass that I first had my first taste of Teeling whiskey – seriously, I really liked it!

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Based in Dublin, Teeling is an independent Irish whiskey compnay that release batches of small and tasty bottles. Their story is quite an interesting and it’s worth checking out here.

Website: http://teelingwhiskey.com/

 

 

Part Nine: Irish food and drink producers worth getting to know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this ongoing series looks at some of the many things we create here.

Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week:

Ballycotton Seafood

I recently bought a huge plaice from the folks at Ballycotton Seafood, and not only was it superb value but it tasted really good.

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A family owned fish and seafood business, they offer fresh fish as well as smoked fish using traditional oak methods.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ballycottonseafood/timeline
Website: http://www.ballycottonseafood.ie/

Irish Piedmontese Beef

Two family farmers based in Tipperary and Laois, Irish Piedmontese Beef supply meat which is said to be lower in fat and cholesterol than chicken.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishPiemonteseBeef
Website: http://www.irishpiedmontesebeef.ie/

Keen Nut Butter

Based in Northern Ireland, Keen’s first product line was a range of natural, minimally processed nut butters, offering a healthier alternative to peanut butters.
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Website: http://keennutbutter.com/

The Dough Bros Wood-Fired Pizza

Based in Galway, The Dough Bros specializes in making Neapolitan style pizzas, using fresh, seasonal and local produce.

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Their dough is handmade in front of people’s eyes, as well as their sauces. Their oven reaches temperatures of up to 500 degrees celsius!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedoughbros

Orpens Cider

With no juice concentrate used in their brew, their delicious cider is made from fresh pressed apples.

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“Our cider tastes of Ireland, because it reflects our soils and our climate”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OrpensCider

(All photos from featured Facebook pages)

Part Eight: Irish Food and Drink Producers Worth Getting to Know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this ongoing series looks at some of the many things we create here.

Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week:

Ponticelli Espresso

Ponticelli Coffee in Waterford was named after a small village outside Napoli.

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Its founders Stephen and Mark spent most of their lives in the hospitality sector, with the last 15 years in the coffee industry.

They roast every day in small batches of 15kg to ensure their product is fresh.

Website: http://www.ponticelli.ie/

Shortcross Gin

Handcrafted at Rademon Estate Distillery in Northern Ireland, Shortcross Gin is a small batch company.10177430_298128990373588_8693289791528007997_n

They handpick and source botanicals, draw their own fresh water, and distil the gin on a small copper still. Finally they bottle and label their product!

Website: http://shortcrossgin.com/

Heavenly Baked

Based in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Heavenly Baked create all sorts of treats from cakes, breads and cupcakes.

They made my birthday cake for my 21st (see below), and it not just looked good but tasted great too! You can find them at Tralee’s Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heavenlybaked

McNally Family Farm

A wonderful family-run farm growing seasonal and organic food who sell directly to the customer, at markets around Dublin.

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You can find them at Leopardstown Racecourse on Friday, Temple Bar Food Market on Saturday, and in The Peoples Park, Dún Laoghaire on Sundays.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/McNally-Family-Farm

Donegal Rapeseed Oil

Donegal Rapeseed Oil Company is a small, locally owned and operated company in Donegal producing 100% pure cold pressed oil from crops grown by specially selected, individual, small farm holdings dispersed throughout the county.

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Website: http://www.donegalrapeseedoil.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonegalRapeseedOil

Part Seven: Irish food and drink producers worth getting to know

Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this ongoing series looks at some of the many things we create here.

Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week:

Ummera Smokehouse

Situated in Timoleague om Cork, Ummera is an award-winning artisan smokehouse that produces organic smoked salmon, cured and smoked chicken and duck and smoked dry-cured rashers.

I can officially say what they produce at the smokehouse is beautiful.

Website: http://www.ummera.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ummera

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The Toonsbridge Dairy

The Toonsbridge Dairy was founded by Real Olive Company’s, Toby Simmonds, and his neighbouring farmer Johnny Lynch.

Based in the heart of West Cork, they produce lovely cheeses made from Buffalo milk!

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Their buffalo mozzarella and haloumi is particularly delicious.

Website: http://www.therealoliveco.com/collections/toonsbridge-dairy

Clotilde’s Fruit Compote

Clotilde’s Fruit Compote is dessert made with 100% fruit with no sugar, no preservatives or colouring.

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Made in Glanworth, on a farm, Clotilde is French woman who has been making compote for her family for many years.

She now sells her pots in Supervalu & Centra shops and at the Douglas Farmers’ Market in Cork.

Website: http://clotildesfruit.ie/

Lizzie May’s Cakes

Specializing in decorated cookies which are custom made to suit any special occasion – Gail’s cookies are made from free range eggs, real butter and Madagascan vanilla bean paste.

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I tasted some of Gail’s treats at the Ballymaloe Literary Festival this year and they were lovely!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LizzieMaysCakes

Achill Island Sea Salt

Based in Co. Mayo, Achill Island Sea Salt is a natural product hand harvested from the wild Atlantic waters on the Blue Flag Keel Beach.

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Bringing out the depth of natural flavors to a dish, the salt also adds to presentation and texture.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Achill-Island-Sea-Salt/1415503508673027