Nessa McManus likes to reproduce the tastes and flavours she has enjoyed on her travels around the world. When a friend at one of her dinner parties said she’d love to be able to cook in the same way, Nessa spotted a business opportunity. So she set up Spiced with Love in her home town of Birr, Co. Offaly.
Starting with one product in 2015, Nessa then travelled to Sri Lanka and did a cookery course, which inspired her to create new products using ingredients sourced locally in Ireland. Based on customer feedback and her own experimentation, she settled on three spice blends for the shelves in SuperValu.
The Food Academy programme has helped her to launch the business, refine packaging and maintain a strong focus on the consumer. This enables Nessa to help people cook quick and healthy meals, that taste just the way they like them. In future, she hopes to show more people how fresh spices can enhance their food and their lives.