Clotilde’s Fruit Compote Ltd. was established in 2011 and is based in Glanworth, Co.Cork. Clotilde, who is French, is producing an apple based fruit compote, similar to her mother’s without any added sugar or preservatives. The range includes: apple & strawberry, apple & raspberry, apple & pear, apple & blackberry, apple & lemon, apple & orange, apple & mango and apple & pineapple.
The company started small, producing for Farmer's Markets first of all to see how the customers reacted to the product. The reaction was very good, thanks to its health benefits, but a lot of education needed to be done to explain what a compote was and what to do with it. We then sold the product to SuperValu stores in Fermoy, Mitchelstown, Midleton and other local stores. We then increased the number of stores and started supplying a few SuperValu stores in the city, West Cork and Kerry."
The Food Academy programme was introduced in 2014. After completing the course successfully, more doors opened for us. We were now part of the family of Irish artisan producers and this image was very positive.
Opportunities to grow are real so our plans are to grow the business and employ staff in the production department. As sales increase, the distribution will have to be outsourced and more in store promotion will be needed. All these activities will mean that there will be some job opportunities on offer. In the short term, the company plans to employ one person full time and one part time.