Willie & Avril Allshire together with their sons, William & Maurice, own and work to produce a range of international award winning Dry Cure rashers and loin bacon, Black and White Pudding , Ham and Sausages. We make everything on our family farm in Rosscarbery using locally sourced Irish pork.
William completed the Food Academy course in 2014. As an 18 year old, he was probably one of the youngest to attend and complete the Food Academy course.
Prior to that, Willie and Avril had worked with local SuperValu stores who encouraged them to develop their product range; helped trial new products; encouraged Avril to do instore tastings and other special events including cooking demonstrations and talks etc so that now she has a repertoire of relevant recipes.
The family work in all aspects of the business from raw materials to production, deliveries, instore tastings, food safety, accounts, new product development and marketing. We are uniquely positioned to speak with store owners, management and staff as well as interacting with customers.
We are an artisan family business and we want to continue to develop the business so that we can offer more local sustainable employment in our community. Our current employees are with us over 9 years.
March 2007 – We received the first Irish medal in the biggest European Black Pudding competition (organised by Le Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goute-Boudin) when Rosscarbery Recipes Black Pudding won Gold. Other awards include Gold in Blas na hÉireann in 2012 and 2014 for Black Pudding.
March 2017 Rosscarbery Gluten Free Black Pudding was the only Irish medal winner this year in France and once again it’s Gold. Rosscarbery Gluten Free Black and White Pudding was launched in 2015 having been developed by Willie & William Allshire.
2017: Maurice is working on new product development which will be launched during 2017
Since the Rosscarbery Recipes Black and White Pudding and Gluten Free Black and White Pudding have been part of the Food Academy, it has opened new opportunities to supply SuperValu stores. Food Academy is important for Artisan Food Producers as a product introduction and showcase. Consumers expect that products on Food Academy shelves are actually produced by small artisan producers working day in, day out producing their products which I am proud to say we are.
We are involved with the Coeliac Society of Ireland and help with talks, demonstrations etc. In recent years, Avril worked with Field’s SuperValu in Skibbereen on special Coeliac Awareness events, and during 2017 has attended a number of such events in other stores. We are also involved in A Taste of West Cork Food Festival, meets with students from local schools and colleges, The Rosscarbery Business Association and the Taste Council on the Business of Food project.