I'm Clare Colohan, founder of The Galway Food Company, based in Loughrea, County Galway.
I come from a family of home bakers and I wanted to pass on the tradition to all of my own children. We are always amazed by the quality of the local ingredients that are available in Galway. The Galway Food Company was created by myself and the kids in the summer of 2015. My brother is also part of the business and everyone in the family is involved - from recipes to packaging, and design to delivery!
The first product range to market was launched in November 2015 - our family recipe All Butter Shortbread with varieties including Connemara Seaweed, Galway Bay Lavender, Rich Chocolate and Irish Classic.
I participated in the Food Academy Programme in Galway from Sept-Dec 2015 and found it invaluable. To take a new product from concept through to sitting on the shelf in a store takes a huge amount of knowledge, time and effort. The Food Academy Programme offered insight and gave a structured focus to this effort and helped guide the process. Our local SuperValu store is very supportive and continues to help us along every stage of the journey. We are growing week on week and are now stocked in over 40 SuperValu stores. We plan to expand our biscuit range with new savoury and gluten free options. We will then introduce other food products using locally sourced Galway ingredients under the Galway Food Company brand.
We are looking for new people to join our team in sales, marketing and merchandising roles so that we can offer the best possible service to all of our customers.
The vision is to establish The Galway Food Company as a nationally and internationally recognised brand of quality food products using locally sourced ingredients from Galway.