Food Academy

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Brubiotics was officially set up in October 2020 – but our roots go back a long way.

My name is Colum Harrington and I am passionate about fermentation. I have been fermenting “stuff” since my childhood and some of my best memories are of helping my mum to make all sorts of wild jams and her speciality - homemade wine. I was fascinated by the bubbling of demijohns beside the fire and the magical transformation happening within. Thus began my love of all things fermented.

I turned this love into a career in the food industry and over the years I have been lucky enough to work with some leading Irish food companies. In my spare time I continued to experiment with sauerkrauts, kimchi’s, home brewed beer and wines, mead, koji, amazake, and fermentations of all kinds.

Amazake has been a firm favourite of mine since I discovered its sweet, smooth taste and its versatility. It is a Japanese drink that is made by fermenting rice with Aspergillus oryzae – the same organism as used to make miso and soy sauce. It is non- alcoholic, vegan, gluten free and consumed as a daily tonic to benefit mind and body.

Amazake with Ginger & Turmeric is a traditional combination which is famed in Japan for its anti inflammatory and protective qualities. Matcha Tea is said to boost immunity and energy levels and its sharp taste is balanced nicely by the sweet amazake. Both combinations provide a daily boost for the gut with a few added benefits on top.

I applied for the Supervalu Food Academy to learn more about retail and marketing of food, and to see if I could turn my passion into a sustainable business. The Food Academy has given me the tools to help push my business forward and the confidence to know how to make it successful.

We are based in Navan, Co Meath and are one of the many passionate Boyne Valley food producers who are helping to grow the reputation of our region as a food destination and in turn create local employment opportunities. We are striving to source ingredients from ethical and sustainable suppliers and believe that fermented foods have a role to play in helping to improve the nutritional value of our normal daily consumption.

Our goal at Brubiotics is to help our customers find new and innovative ways to enjoy fermented foods. Amazake is our first product – I hope you enjoy.

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