Wexford's Paganini among 18 companies joining new 'listing' programme
EIGHTEEN Irish food and drink companies, including Paganini, the ice-cream producer based on the Rosslare Road, will this week join a new Bord Bia and Compass Group Ireland programme that seeks to help small and medium-sized Irish companies get their product ranges listed in the foodservice market.
The inaugural Bord Bia/Compass Group Ireland 'Food Heroes' Programme is aimed at providing participants with support and guidance to assist them secure, grow and maintain business with Compass Group Ireland at home and overseas. Companies benefitting from the programme range from sugar free chocolate and ice-cream, to protein enriched yogurts, plus gluten free mini-cakes, seed mixes, GM free corn tortillas and award winning sushi.
This is the first time that Bord Bia has partnered with a foodservice industry operator in order to deliver a comprehensive and practical programme including workshops and mentoring. Compass Group Ireland, Ireland's leading food and support services company, works with many well-known sites including the Aviva Stadium in Dublin serving 100,000 meals a day. The out-of-home or foodservice market in Ireland was valued at €6.13 billion in 2014 with workplace catering accounting for a €300m annual spend.