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2010 Press Releases

Enterprise Ireland–Bord Bia-Pallas Foods Programme to deliver increased foodservice sales for Irish food suppliers


4 October 2010:  Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia have launched a new Supplier Development Programme aimed at increasing foodservice sales for Irish food suppliers. Recognising the value and importance of the ‘out of home’ market (valued at €4.7 billion at consumer prices* in 2009), the programme involves a total of 10 companies with a wide range of product offerings including granola from Paddy O’Granola’s in Laois, fresh sushi from Sushi King in Dublin and a range of spices, marinades and meat glazes from Spice O’Life in Dunmanway, Co. Cork.  The inaugural workshop took place in Pallas Foods, Newcastle West in Limerick.  

EnterpriseIreland and Bord Bia have worked in partnership with Pallas Foods to design the programme to help support small or emerging food processing companies achieve the service standards, product quality and innovation necessary to achieve product listings in the foodservice sector.  The foodservice market has become increasingly important for Irish food suppliers and offers significant potential for new entrants.  However, it is a more challenging environment than retail, it is fragmented and extremely diverse. 

Launching the programme Dick Lenehan, EI Food Division Manager, Enterprise Ireland said, ‘This is a highly practical industry-led programme that aims to open doors for early-stage Irish food companies.  The food industry is one of our largest indigenous sectors and a key contributor to the Irish economy.  Encouraging and supporting the creation of Irish food companies is a key priority for Enterprise Ireland and I am delighted to see Pallas Foods getting behind this initiative.’

Commenting at the launch, Eddie Heffernan, Purchasing Manager, Pallas Foods said, ‘Pallas Foods is fully committed to this supplier development programme.  Two thirds of all products sold by Pallas Foods to the Irish foodservice sector are manufactured in Ireland.  We recognise the importance of the food and drink sector to the Irish economy and are proud to support smaller food producers that have the potential to bring new and innovative products to our business.’ 

Maureen Gahan, Foodservice Specialist with Bord Bia said,  ‘The programme is a highly innovative project, which enables small food companies to fully understand the workings of the foodservice sector and the best approach to take in order for them to secure a listing with a national distributor such as Pallas Foods.  This is exactly the type of partnership we want to see between producers and foodservice distributors in the food sector and it forms an important part of Bord Bia’s Ireland Market Foodservice Programme.’

About the Enterprise Ireland-Bord Bia-Pallas Foods Supplier Development Programme

The six month long programme consists of a combination of workshops, delivered by both Pallas Foods and food industry experts and 1-to-1 mentoring.  It is offered to Bord Bia client companies that have the potential to offer Pallas Foods and its foodservice partners a product or service which adds value and difference for its customers.  The following companies are participating on the 2010/2011 programme:

Company NameProductRangeLocation
BombayPantryGourmet food to go Indian ready meals and sauces.Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow
Country CookingSliced and pre-packed homemade ready to heat Boxty potato-product.Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim
Couverture DessertsPremium quality desserts from single serve to cakes.Dublin8
Gs JamsHomemade jams, relishes and seasonal products.Abbeyleix, Co Laois
Just FoodRange of organic products including soup, hummus, pesto and pasta sauceCobh, Co Cork
Kooky DoughHandmade cookie dough in five different flavours.Dublin20
McCloskey’s BakeryHandmade bread and confectionery.Drogheda, Co Louth
Paddy’s O’GranolaToasted breakfast cereal.Portlaoise, Co Laois
Spice of LifeSauces, marinades, dressing, rubs, glazes and meat seasonings.Dunmanaway, Co Cork
Sushi KingTraditional and contemporary fresh sushi.Dublin4

About Pallas Foods

Pallas Foods currently employ 500 people in Ireland and operate from ten locations nationwide.  Two-thirds of all products sold by Pallas to the Irish foodservice sector are produced in Ireland.

Pallas was acquired by Sysco Corporation Houston, Texas on 31st March 2009, although it continues to be run by the founding Geary family and operates with the same management team.  Sysco Corporation is the largest foodservice company in the world, operating via 185 locations throughout the USA and Canada.  They have a team of 50,000 employees and revenues of $37 billion per annum.

In 2010 Pallas Foods started a programme that involves selling Irish manufactured food products to Sysco companies on the US East Coast and Canada.  There are currently eleven Irish manufacturers on the programme and this is expected to grow significantly in the medium term.  Pallas Foods / Sysco are totally committed to supporting the Irish food and drink industry.

* Bord Bia Pro-intal Channel Opportunities in the Irish foodservice sector report – June 2010


For further information contact:

Envelop iconEileen Banks, Press Officer, Enterprise Ireland
Tel: +353 1 727 2805

Sheila Boylan, Communications Assistant, Bord Bia
Tel: + 353 1 6142 258 or 087 244 5814