Bia Ganbreise Teo is a dedicated gluten free baking facility based in Ballingeary, West Cork. Our mission is to create a range of gluten free bakery products that enliven the world of the gluten free culinary experience.
The company was formed in 2011 and we've been serving the Irish market with gluten free produce ever since. We are a BRC Grade 'A' facility since 2014 and we want to bring our brands into the public market.
We also produce gluten free florentines, a form of caramelised almond dipped in dark chocolate, a very luxurious treat, which we intend to bring to the mainstream market in 2016. We sell our cookie dough into foodservice around the country and have recently launched a 'cookie jar' which has been taken up by cafés and restaurants with great success. On the back of the Gookies brand, we will shortly be launching a bag of biscuits, 'Mini Bites', which will hold 10 x 15gm biscuits baked and ready to eat.
We strive to bring quality to this relatively new and vibrant area of the food market and hope that by doing so, we can add a little more colour to the lives of those who have chosen the gluten free diet.
We currently employ 14 people from the local community. Hopefully, as our turnover increases and demand for our product becomes more widespread, we'll be able to expand this workforce to help us cater for the extra work.
SuperValu gave us our first big chance with large supermarkets. The Food Academy project gave us the opportunity to access the local market here in Cork to promote our brand and begin the process of moving it toward a national presence. The food academy stands are a great marketing platform for us small producers and really make our product stand out.
The Food Academy programme has given us great insight into the workings of supermarkets and we have received invaluable advice from our mentors who have been very supportive. We would highly recommend this programme for new small producers.