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Pictured: Members of the Local Enterprise Offices, Bord Bia and Supervalu Food Academy Team pictured with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. and Food Academy participants.

Pictured: Members of the Local Enterprise Offices, Bord Bia and Supervalu Food Academy Team pictured with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. and Food Academy participants.

The Food Academy, a joint initiative between Bord Bia, the Local Enterprise Network and SuperValu, has proven a popular programme and huge success for foodie entrepreneurs in Ireland. We recognise the energy and passion of entrepreneurial food and drink producers and invest in them with a hands on approach.

Local Enterprise Offices’ recent Food Academy members survey revealed 281 small food and drink producers, employing over 1,131 people, have broken through into the retail market. Not only that, with the predicted ongoing success of these foodie companies, they’re expected to create a further 373 jobs in the next 12 months. That’s a fabulous total of over 1,500 across Ireland!

The Food Academy offers entrepreneurs one-to-one mentoring and an opportunity to trial their products in one of our SuperValu stores! This has worked out really well with over 1,100 products making it through trials and successfully being put on sale in our stores.

Our brand SuperValu predicts Irish consumers are expected to spend a whopping €25 million on Food Academy products in their stores in 2016!

If you’re a budding food or drink entrepreneur with products you think should be on SuperValu shelves, find out more about The Food Academy programme here:

https://www.localenterprise.ie/Fingal/Training-Events/Programmes-Initiatives/Food-Academy-Programme/

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